Killen Rangers Ladies beat Bangor 4-1 to progress to last 16 of IFA cup.
Having best Bangor the week before in the league Killen went up as favourites and soon got into their stride playing some great passing football. The first chance came within the first ten minutes with Emma Harpur picking up a Zara Pinkerton pass and running at the Bangor defence with only a last ditch tackle stopping her from opening the scoring. Killen again came close soon after that with Gemma Frazer and Chanelle Darragh both having shots blocked. Half way through the first half Bangor started to put Killen under some pressure but Killen were defending well with centre back Stacey Johnston and Chloe Scott winning everything at the back. The break-through came in the 40th minute when Hollie Johnston made an interception before passing it off to Wendy Forbes who turned with the ball before playing a pinpoint ball across to Emma Harpur, she then played a one-two with Chanelle before sliding the ball in low past the keeper. Killen then nearly grabbed a second goal before half time, when Aimee Davies hit a 30 yard drive that rebounded off the post.
Killen started brightly in the second half and were playing some fantastic football and were camped inside the Bangor half with Wendy and Chanelle controlling the midfield area, but it wasn't until the 60th minute that Killen got their second goal. Good work down the right by Kym Buchanan who beat 2 players before sending in a cross were the awaiting Louise Coyle finished it into the top corner. Five minutes later and Killen where 3 up, Chloe outmuscled a Bangor striker before playing it over the top to Gemma Frazer who out-sprinted the Bangor defence before rounding the keeper and laying it across for Louise Coyle to smash home. Bangor were still looking dangerous from set pieces and it was from a corner ten minutes from time that Bangor got a goal back. The corner came in and Majella Aiken did well in nets coming out punching it clear, but it landed to the feet of a Bangor midfielder who rocketed it home from the edge of the area. This shot Killen back into life and they soon got their fourth goal, good play from Rebecca Stewart at the back where she intercepted a ball before playing a sublime ball up to Emma who played it inside for Louise who turned and played it into the run of Hollie who smashed it into the top corner from inside the box.
Killen now face Derry City Ladies away in the last 16 of the IFA cup which is to be played on the 23rd June.
(Report by Killen Rangers)