Monday, 22 August 2016

Celtic Academy 1-4 Kilmarnock ladies

Kilmarnock travelled to Glasgow to face Celtic hoping to avenge their defeat from earlier in the season when the Glasgow side took all three points away from Rugby Park.
  Killie started brightly but had nothing to show for their efforts over the opening twenty minutes. Both sides were working hard and to a certain extent cancelling each other out. That is, until Kilmarnock produced a goal to rival any other scored this season. An extended period of possession saw the ball shifted from right to left and back again until it came to the feet of Kirsten Rolf who looked up and threaded a perfectly weighted pass  that split the home defence and found the well timed run of Clare Docherty who slipped the ball past the keeper with her first touch to open the scoring.
A few minutes later the away sides lead was doubled. Another through ball caused the defence problems and the resulting back pass was picked up by the home keeper which resulted in an indirect free kick 12 yards from goal. A well worked set piece routine resulted in Sara Paterson sweeping the ball into the corner of the net to put the visitors two ahead.
At half time the away side were the most pleased and quite dominant within the game.
  Celtic changed formation and personnel at the beginning of the second half to try and affect some change to the pattern of the game. Kilmarnock continued to be the driving force in the game and twenty five minutes into the half and Sara Paterson scored a wonderful individual goal. She found herself trapped out at the corner flag with her back to goal with seemingly nowhere to go. A quick turn and sublime piece of skill saw her turn and beat her marker to make her way towards goal. She had options in the centre but ignored those and bent the ball into high into the far corner giving the keeper no chance to make it 3-0.
Celtic were thrown a lifeline with ten minutes to play when after a corner kick the ball bounced around the box before being smashed home from close range to reduce the deficit and give some hope.
  Kilmarnock were not to be denied though and looked the most likely to add to their goal scoring tally.
  Clare Docherty scored her 17th goal of the season after being put through on goal and lobbing the ball over the keeper from 18 yards to complete the scoring with 5 minutes to play.

An excellent three points for this young Kilmarnock side that pushes them up to joint third place in the league and sets them up nicely for the visit of Boroughmuir Thistle to Rugby Park next week who have beaten Killie twice this season.

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