Spartans Res 1-2 Kilmarnock Ladies
This was not going to be an easy one for the killie Girls - travelling to Edinburgh with only eleven players and even then, that included two goalkeepers.
The team started the game with only 10 players, and regular keeper Morgan Hunter starting up front. Killie began the game strongly maintaining good possession with some excellent passing from Ponton, creating three clear chances in the opening minutes. Docherty firing wide of the post before hitting another straight at the keeper then an excellent piece of play that resulted in her striking the post.
However, Killie were persistent and continued to cause Spartans problems. Robinson, Ponton and Patterson working tirelessly in the middle of the park. Eventually Abby Robinson put in an excellent cross to the back post which Clare Docherty comfortably headed into the back of the net. Killie went in a goal to the good at half time with Spartans causing little trouble.
Spartans came out strong in the second half, putting Killie under a lot of pressure giving them little time to control and pass the ball. With Kilmarnock starting to tire, Spartans eventually got a break with a super curling shot from the striker, high into the corner from the edge of the box 1-1.
This only pushed Kilmarnock to work even harder and the away side were creating chances but were unable to finish the tie.
However, with 10 minutes to go Robinson split the defence with a fantastic ball through to Docherty who passed the ball round the keeper and in the net from the edge of the box. 2-1 the final score.
The Kilmarnock defence were solid from the beginning with Rolph, Neil and Mailey working extremely hard as a back three. Docherty and Munro worked consistently up and down the line providing the defence with excellent support. The middle of the park dominated the game and Morgan Hunter gave 100% from the beginning up front.
The girls showed real determination and team spirit and fully deserved the win. This was a spirited performance against the odds, one that may just galvanise this squad and give them the belief in themselves.
Match report courtesy of K Murphy