Understrength Killen Ladies side cruise to a 4-0 victory over Bangor.
With Killen down to the bare minimum 11 players, due to girls representing Northern Ireland in the CYP Rosebowl cup and other commitments, they knew this was going be a tough contest, and the opening exchanges were even with both teams trying to stamp their authority in midfield. It was Killen who carved out the first chance of the game, good work between Louise Coyle and Kym Buchanan saw the latter play through Aimee Davies with her shot going narrowly wide of the post. After this Bangor took control of procedures and went close when their striker shot from the edge of the box, only to find Majella Aiken in fine form to tip around the post. From the resulting corner Chloe Scott rose highest to head clear and from the clearance Killen went on the counter attack with Wendy Forbes making a driving run towards the half way line before playing it through to Hollie Johnston who out-paced her marker before sliding the ball in low past the keeper. Killen weren't long in getting their second of the game, Zara Pinkerton disposed Bangor before playing it to Niamh Molloy who from all of 35 yards unleashed an unstoppable shot right into the roof of the net. Killen where on the ascendency now and nearly got a few more goals with Kym and Linda Kenwell coming close. With ten minutes to go in the first half Killen got their third, great work down the right between Hollie and Linda resulted in the latter crossing over to the back post where Aimee controlled the ball before laying it back for Louise to ping a thunderous strike into the top corner of the net.
The second half started like the first half with both teams cancelling each other out, however Bangor nearly got a goal back five minutes in when their striker looked odds on to score from inside the area only for Danielle Catterson to get in a last ditch block to stop a certain goal. Soon after this Killen got their fourth and final goal, the impressive Wendy Forbes made a darting run from midfield out towards the right before finding Kym with a pin point cross who then volleyed home from the edge of the area right into the top corner of the net. Killen did come under some pressure near the end of the match but Killen stood firm and held them out, with the ever reliable Chloe Scott making some great tackles.
Manager Jason Aiken had this to say after the game 'we were missing quite a few today so we knew this was going be tough, but credit to the girls that came in today, everyone was outstanding, defensively we were solid and going forward we were dangerous which is good to see. With the other girls available for the Carnmoney match this has now given me a headache for team selection'.
Next up for Killen is a top of the table clash with Carnmoney in Nortel on Friday 15th August.
(Match report by Killen Rangers)