Killen Rangers Ladies cruise to empathetic 11-2 win over Killyleagh.
Killen started the game brightly and were making chance after chance but with a mixture of mis-shots and good saves they couldn't find the back of the net. It wasn't until the tenth minute that Killen got the opener - Wendy Forbes played the ball up to Louise Coyle who turned and played it through to Emma Harpur who ran onto the ball before finding the bottom corner of the net. Killen soon got their second of the game when Kym Buchanan beat her marker before laying it across for Chelsea Sheerin to tap in. Chances were still coming but not being taken, with Killen only getting their third after half an hour. Hollie Johnston scored the goal of the game, a powerful run from her own half, beating several Killyleagh players before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 30 yards that nestled into the top corner of the net. Hollie Johnston then set up Killen's fourth goal, a pin point cross to the back post where Emma Harpur volleyed home. Just on the stroke of half time Killyleagh got a goal back - Killens usually solid defence was caught off guard with a long ball that Killyleagh's striker ran onto and slotted into the net.
Killyleagh started the 2nd half stronger and only for the impressive Majella Aiken in nets they would have got another goal. However it was Killen that got the next goal, good work at the back from Chloe Scott and Linda Kenwell resulted in the latter playing the ball up the line for Hollie Johnston to run onto and cross it in for Louise Coyle to head home. Killen scored two quick goals after this to all but seal victory with Emma Harpur and Chelsea both finishing low into the net. Killyleagh got another consolation when another long ball evaded Killen's defence and the Killyleagh striker ran onto it and lobbed the keeper. Killens next goal came when Stacey Johnston brilliantly won a header from Killyleagh's corner, then Chanelle Darragh ran onto the clearance before playing it through to Laura Kennedy who played it across the box for Iris Sproule to tap in. Emma Glenn stole the show in the last ten minutes when she came on to score a hat trick with the pick of the bunch coming from a 35 yard free kick that just dipped in below the crossbar.
Killen Rangers Ladies win hard-fought semi against PSNI.
Killen Rangers Ladies beat PSNI 2-0 in a hard fought semi-final encounter in the Divisional Cup. Going into the game Killen started as slight favourites and with this PSNI employed the defensive tactic of 'parking the bus', which enabled Killen to have the majority of possession but they found it hard to produce clear cut scoring chances. Killen's midfield duo of Wendy Forbes and Emma Harpur were controlling the game, spreading play from side to side but with PSNI so defensive they struggled to find that penetrating pass in behind. Killen created a few half chances with Louise Coyle and Iris Sproule having shots blocked. Chelsea Sheerin came the closest to breaking the deadlock, when she beat three defenders before unleashing a thunderous strike that struck the under side of the crossbar. Killen's defence of Hollie Johnston, Chanelle Darragh, Stacey Johnston and Chloe Scott were comfortable at dealing with PSNI long ball, with Majella Aiken able to cover anything in behind. With half time looming Killen where inches away from taking the lead, Chanelle Darragh whipped in a corner and Stacey Johnston headed just narrowly over with the keeper well beaten.
Into the second half and the same pattern occurred with Killen keeping the possession and PSNI staying deep and on the defensive. Killen where restricted to a few shots from distance with Louise, Emma H and Chelsea all having a go but they were comfortable for the PSNI keeper. Emma Glenn came on and added some more fire power up front, and she nearly scored ten mins from time. She got the ball 30 yards from goal and turned and hit a shot that just whistled past the post with the keeper stranded. With three minutes to go and extra time looking likely, Hollie passed into Wendy who drove on towards goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot straight into the top corner to break the deadlock for Killen. With minutes to go PSNI came out and tried to look for an equaliser and this provided more space for Killen, and on the stroke of full time Emma H drove on and shot from the edge of the area only to see her shot re-bound off the post and Natasha Milligan followed in and laid the ball across for Louise to tap in and seal the victory.
Manager Jason Aiken stated after the game that - 'it was a hard tough victory, PSNI had a game plan and they stuck to it brilliantly. They were disciplined and made it hard for us, but credit to our girls - +we fought right to the end and came up with the goods, our attacking football won in the end. This is our second final in 2 years which is a great achievement from the girls. They just keep getting better and better.'
Next up for Killen is a top of the table clash with Carnmoney on in Nortel Newtonabbey.
(Match Reports by Killen Rangers LFC)