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EK Thistle claim league title against Kilwinning

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EK Thistle Girls 
Kilwinning SC Girls 
Boyce 24, 43


U15 SWF South West Region
Ballerup 3G


By Ross Clark
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006 2A perfect day for football loomed. There was no sunshine, but no rain. Both teams were locked on 30 points. EK Thistle knew that a win or a draw would ensure that the title would be theirs. This was to be Kilwinning's last game of the season, it was a must win game. Although for EK, they had one more game left. Kilwinning had suffered a 3-2 defeat in their last game against EK Thistle. EK are unbeaten this season.

The first five minutes of this encounter saw both teams cancelling each other out with the match being very even.

After this, Kilwinning began to dominate the midfield area with Charis Feeney and Jordan McKlintock bossing the centre.

The first chance of the match fell to Carla Boyce of EK Thistle after a lovely ball was sent through, she ran with the ball showing great pace and forced a terrific save from Rachel Halbert to tip it over the bar with 14 minutes played.

After twenty minutes, this was only one chance. Both teams were finding it hard to break down each other. Kilwinning did have most of the possession, but they were not creating any clear cut chances. 

With twenty-two minutes played, Carla Boyce showed great pace on the wing and passed the ball across goal but Nicole Barrett hit a tame shot at the keeper. A minute later EK had a free kick just outside the area.
Cara McGurn hit it and it just went over the bar.

A minute later, a poor throw-in from Kilwinning allowed Carla Boyce to pick up on the loose ball and sprint towards the goal and burying the ball underneath the keeper to send EK closer towards the title.

EK were beginning to take control of the game held the possession better.

Thirty-three minutes played and Jordan McKlintock of Kilwinning played a lovely ball wide to Lauren Steel who drove past a defender and hit a shot that was well held by Katie Culton, who made her first save of the match.

Half Time: East Kilbride Thistle Girls 1-0 Kilwinning Sports Club Girls 

Just after half-time, another poor throw-in was nearly punished by Carla Boyce who hit a shot just wide of the goal. Four minutes later, a cry for a penalty from Kilwinning was waved away by referee, Craig Wilson.

From this decision EK stormed up the park and doubled their lead, Carla Boyce doubling her tally for the game. She hit a thunderous strike from at least twenty-five yards, going right above Kilwinning's keeper into the net. 

Kilwinning's defenders couldn't control Carla Boyce today. As the ball was poorly cleared she dribbled past two defenders and the cross was well blocked to go out for a corner. 

With sixty-six minutes played, Jordan McKlintock took the ball and went on a great solo-run, but her effort at goal was well saved by Katie Culton of EK.

Kilwinning were piling on the pressure in search of a way back into the match. McKlintock again went on her own again beating a couple of players but was well stopped, the ball rolled out for a corner. The corner was cleared and EK had won the league.

The EK players were ecstatic as they were welcomed by applause from the supporters. As Kilwinning walked off the park, EK gave them a round of applause which was nice to see. 

The referee Craig Wilson had a comfortable game to referee. It was a very clean game and very well matched. 

Full Time: East Kilbride Thistle Girls 2-0 Kilwinning Sports Club Girls

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East Kilbride Thistle Girls  Kilwinning SC Girls 
1. Katie Culton 
2. Stephanie Reilly
3. Cara McLeod 
4. Hannah Johnston 
5. Beth Ritchie 
6. Amy burrows 
7. Carla Boyce 
8. Chloe Gilfoyle
9. Jessica Lambie 
10. Cara McGurn 
11. Ashley Mckeown 
12. Nicole Barrett 
14. Lyndsay McCall 
15. Cailtin O'Neill 
16. Heather Addison 
17. Maya Ross 
18. Laura Inglis 
21. Emma Johnston
1. Rachel Halbert
2. Brianne Hunter
3. Leia Swan
4. Bethany Galloway 
5. Kirsty Blackley
7. Jordan Mcklintock 
8. Paige Henry 
9. Charis Fenney 
10. Erin O'Neil
11. Melissa Fox
12. Abby Robinson
14. Lauren Steel
15. Beth Irving
16. Cara Mailey
17. Nicola Green 
18. Dionne Mair 

Carla Boyce gave the Kilwinning defenders lots of problems with her pace and skill. Also netted two great goals.
Jordon Mcklintock controlled the centre of the park for Kilwinning. Made good passes and always made an option to receive the ball.
EK Thistle's Coach said: "The whole team are winners, even the girls who didn't get on the pitch today, they played their part in a brilliant league campaign." 

Kilwinning's Coach said: "EK frustrated us, we lost a soft goal from the throw in early on. The second goal we couldn't do anything about it. It was a brilliant strike. We were always chasing the game After losing the first goal. But I'm very proud of my players this season."
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