Killen Under 17 Ladies earned a hard fought point against a strong Crusaders side in a top of the table clash on 16 June.
Killen started the game brightly and with the impressive Chanelle Darragh and Emma Harpur controlling the midfield they made a few early chances. Firstly Emma Harpur played through Chelsea Sheerin who hit a low shot only to see the keeper tip it around the post. From the resulting corner Stacey Johnston headed just narrowly wide of the target. Crusaders took the lead against the run of play, when their left back made a powerful run before producing a cross for their striker to tap into the net. Soon after this Killen got the equaliser, good work down the right from Lauren Scott and Hollie Johnston with the latter playing in Chelsea who made no mistake in finding the bottom left corner. Killen nearly got their second of the game when Emma Kee beat two defenders before sending in a cross only for Kym Buchanan to ping her shot straight at the keeper.
The start of the second half and Crusaders were on the front foot and could have been ahead, only that Killens goalkeeper Chelsea Vaughan was in fine form and pulled off some world class saves. Killen nearly scored half way through the half on the counter attack, Rebecca Stewart did brilliantly to intercept a Crusaders pass before playing it to Chanelle who turned on the ball and set Killen on the attack, she then played Kym Buchanan through who ran on towards goal only to have a Crusaders defender make a last ditch tackle on her. Killen then found themselves 2-1 down - Crusaders got a corner after another good save from Chelsea Vaughan, and from the resulting corner Killen only half cleared and the ball dropped to their midfielder who fired the ball into the bottom corner. With only ten minutes remaining Killen were putting pressure on the Crues to get an equaliser, and the pressure paid off five minutes from time. Emma Kee sent in a cross and Chelsea Sheerin took it down at the back post before laying it off to Emma Harpur who made no mistake, finding the top corner with a powerful shot from the edge of the box. Killen nearly found the winner late on when Niamh Molloy had a shot cleared off the line, but the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
This result keeps Killen a point clear over Crusaders at the top of the table.
(Report by Killen Rangers)