Matchzone: Glasgow Women (H)

By Lewis Nicol

A tough day for Killie as they suffer first loss at home this season.

After another two-week break, Killie were hoping to pick up a win at home and rebuild their momentum to secure their spot in the playoffs.

However, battling against a Glasgow Women side that are fighting to get out of the relegation playoff spot proved to be a tough task.

Despite starting out strong, having a couple early chances from a Mhairi Crooks shot and a great cross into the box by Kelsy Crainie, it was Glasgow Women that took control of the game, creating chance after chance.

A great defensive effort and a couple crucial saves and moments from Ellie Currie kept Killie in the game before the half hour mark, allowing them to get up the pitch and create a few chances of their own before half time.

Going into the break level could be seen as fortunate. However, the team could take the positives of their strong defensive play and chances from counter attacks to improve and take control of the game in the second half.

After the second half kick-off, it was clear that Killie were going to go out and try to get the first goal as they put the pressure on the visiting side, and it looked almost certain that the first goal was going to be Killie’s as they were getting painfully close with two very good attempts by Kerri Halpin and Lucie Burns flying just over the bar.

Although, the day was almost summed up as a challenge unfortunately resulted in a Glasgow Women penalty in the 71st minute which was converted by Kayleigh Barghati.

After their goal Glasgow Women piled on the pressure in an attempt to double their lead, which they came very close to doing if it were not for a crucial interception by Arwen O’Brien in the 77th minute and another great save by Currie in the 87th.

Despite the result, Killie still find themselves in the playoff spot and it is in their hands to secure it.

They don’t have to wait long for their chance to bounce back as they head to Gannochy Sports Centre to face Stirling University next Sunday at 2pm.