Sunday, 19 February 2017

Queens hit for six as Ladies march on in the Cup.

Queens Park 0 - 6 Kilmarnock
Today marked the start of the competitive season for the seniors as they faced Queens Park in the SWPL 1 League Cup.
The match was played in perfect spring conditions on Lesser Hampden - a huge pitch and a good surface.
Kilmarnock started on the front foot and had several chances to open the scoring. Kirsten Rolph soon had the ball in the back of the net but she was deemed to be offside - a dubious decision.
Kilmarnock finally opened the scoring after Rhona Higgins flicked a header on to Linzi Taylor. Taylor then kept her composure before squaring it across goal for a tap in for Kirsty Munro.
Laura Lyttle got the away sides second of the game with a rocket from 20 yard out which left the keeper rooted to the spot.
Kilmarnock dominated most of the first half and kept Queens attacks to a minimum with a steady and solid performance from the back line.
Killie's third goal of the game came from young Chloe Ponton who found herself in space inside the Queens eighteen yard box. Ponton cleverly controlled the ball in the air before volleying across goal, past the keeper.
Half Time: Queens Part 0 - 3 Kilmarnock
There were no changes made at half time and Kilmarnock kept on the front foot for large spells of the game.
Midway through the half Abby Robinson and Nicole Telford came on to replace Chloe Ponton and Rhona Higgins.
After some more good play, a cross ball from Taylor found Robinson in the middle who excellently finished first time.
Not long after, Robinson got her second of the game when after some excellent build up play from Jillian Campbell she found Nicole Telford. The ball was squared across the goal to Robinson on the stretch to finish into an open net.
The sixth and final goal came from Lauren Steel, who capped off a fine performance with a goal. After some neat build up play working the ball from the back, a wonderful cross from Kirsty Munro found Lauren Steel free at the back post to side foot a volley into the bottom corner.
This was a fine performance performance all round from Kilmarnock Ladies who have secured a place in the next round of the cup.

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