Killen Rangers Ladies won their first game of the season with a hard fought victory against PSNI.
With Killen ladies having got promotion into this league, they knew it was going be a tougher season, but they were up for the challenge. Killen started off the game brightly and were playing the better football with Wendy Forbes and Laura Kennedy linking up well in midfield, but it took until the 15th minute until a clear chance was made. Emma Harpur made a dashing run out from right back and she played it up the line to Kym Buchanan who played it first time into Wendy Forbes; she then slid the ball through to Chelsea Sheerin who did a rasping shot only to see it well saved by the keeper. Killen however got the opener a few minutes after this - Chanelle Darragh won the ball at the back and played an inch perfect pass to Wendy who played a sublime ball over the top right to the feet of Louise Coyle, who wasted no time and hit a half volley from 25 yards out that dipped in over the keeper. After this goal PSNI put Killen under a spell of pressure but they found Majella Aiken on fine form making some crucial saves. PSNI did make their pressure count just before half time when Killen failed to deal with a long ball and it broke to a PSNI striker who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Killen again came out the second half flying and where well on top with the impressive Emma Kee coming close on a few occasions. It wasn't until midway through the second half before Killen found the net again. Chloe Scott made a last ditch tackle to stop a sure goal scoring opportunity and with the ball breaking to Stacey Johnston she played a brilliant ball out to Emma Kee who beat her defender and played Chelsea through and she slotted a thunderbolt from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. After this Killen again were put under pressure but Killen defence of Emma Harpur, Chanelle Darragh, Stacey Johnston, Chloe Scott and substitute Zara Pinkerton were defending superbly and gave PSNI no chances. Killen where still dangerous on the break and Louise and sub Iris Sproule nearly earned Killena a third goal, with the latter nearly scoring with her first touch of the ball. Killen held out for a well fought victory with Jason Aiken adding 'The girls were brilliant today. Moving up a league, we knew it wasn't going be easy and with PSNI we knew it was going be physical. But credit to the girls, they matched them in every department and played the better football.'
Report by Killen Rangers