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Ladies continue their winning start to season.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

IT HAD been a magnificent start to the season for the ladies, winning all of their opening four games without conceding a single goal.

Kilkeel Ladies 1s...2
PSNI Ladies 1s...0

PSNI would present a tough obstacle to overcome if Kilkeel were to continue this record.

The first half was one of very few chances with penalty corners being the main threat for Kilkeel.

Courtney Hill and Julie Houston were pulling the strings in the middle of the park, threading balls through for the front three of Leanne Haughian, Rosie McKee and Rachel Blakely.

PSNI were proving tough to breakdown from open play but five minutes before the break Kilkeel did take a deserved lead.

The initial shot from Courtney Hill was saved but Megan Graham was on hand to slot home and make it 1-0.

It had been a tight encounter in the first half, but Kilkeel marginally deserved their lead at half time.

The second half began extremely well for Kilkeel as they doubled their lead with only three minutes gone in the second half, as the ladies kept the move going well despite a few good tackles and Leanne Haughian was on hand to tap in at the back post.

It was the perfect start to the second half and it gave the ladies a bit of a gap between themselves and PSNI.

The visitors were looking to play the long ball out from the back, but they kept finding the Kilkeel midfield who blocked the channels very well and continued to threaten their goal.

Kilkeel almost got a third goal 15 minutes from the end when they had a string of consecutive penalty corners, but they were well saved by the PSNI 'keeper.

There was a few half chances for the visitors in the final 10 minutes, but there was nothing of substance to trouble Sophie Annett in the Kilkeel goal.

The ladies kept the ball well towards the end of the second half and played the game in the right areas to run time down and seal a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

It was a tough game for Kilkeel, but they showed great character and determination to come out on top and maintain their winning record as well as ensuring yet another clean sheet this season.

The ladies turn their attentions to a tricky trip away to Donaghadee Ladies next weekend, which will once again test their character and determination.

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