Killen Rangers Ladies fight through a tough quarter final to beat Chimney Corner 2-1 in the Divisional cup.
Killen started of the better team and came close to scoring with Louise Coyle and Chelsea Sheerin narrowly missing the target. It was Chimney Corner that took the lead half way through the first half, a mix up in Killen's defence allowed Chimney's striker to collect the ball and Chanelle Darragh tried to make a last ditch tackle, only to clip their striker, in which the ref awarded a penalty. Majella Aiken had previously saved two out of two penalties but unfortunately she was sent the wrong way and Chimney took the lead. This got Killen back into life and they where soon on the attack again, Aimee Coyle powered through Chimney's defence only to see her shot rebound back off the post. But soon after this Killen got the equaliser, when Emma Harpur came driving out of defence beating two girls before playing it out to Kym Buchanan who ran down the wing before firing in a cross where Louise Coyle tapped in at the back post. Killen nearly took the lead before half time when good inter play from Emma Kee and Aimee up front resulted in the later volleying just over.
Chimney Corner started the second half brightly and where well on top but Killens defence of Danielle Catterson, Chloe Scott, Chanelle Darragh and Zara Pinkerton where defending brilliantly and give Chimney very little chances. As the game went on Killen started to gradually get on top of it, and they took the lead with 20 minutes to go. Wendy Forbes played a pin point ball over the top for Natasha Milligan who out sprinted the Chimneys defence before slotting the ball in under the keeper. Killen where on top after this and nearly got their third goal when Aimee played the ball up to Iris Sproule who took it around her defender before striking it only for the keeper to make a great save. With 5 minutes to go Chimney were putting on all the pressure but Killen were looking dangerous on the attack with Emma Kee and Aimee Coyle providing speed up the wings. Chimney nearly got their equaliser with a few minutes to go, their striker volleyed a cross that was goal bound only for the superb Majella Aiken to tip it onto the crossbar. With time nearly up, Chimney's striker nearly scored again - she was bearing down on goal and looked likely to score, only for Chloe Scott to make a last ditch tackle that stopped her in her tracks.
Manager Jason Aiken had this to say after the game 'We were missing a few tonight, but credit to the girls that came into the squad. Everyone fought well and played their hearts out. I couldn't fault them in their effort and commitment they put in, fantastic result'.
Killen now face Chimney Corner on away in their league game.
(Report by Killen Rangers)