Kilmarnock 1 Queen’s Park 0

A second half goal by ex-Spider Mhairi Crooks was enough to give Killie all three points in Sunday's SWPL2 game at Rugby Park.

Coach Barry Rodgers played the same starting 11 that beat Stirling University in midweek.

Queen’s started the game brightly taking the game into the Killie half. But Kilmarnock weathered the storm and began to take control of the game.

The Spiders were limited to fast breaks at this stage in the game. In the 9th minute Abby Callaghan had Queen’s first shot on goal when she received a ball from wide left and fired in a shot from 20 yards out, which the Killie keeper easily dealt with.

Abby Callaghan has a shot on goal

Killie continued to pile pressure on Queen’s, with long balls from wide on the wings into the Queen’s box, but the defence stood strong.

Abby Callaghan continued to get space in fast breaks and had a series of shots which tested the Killie defence.

The game continued with Kilmarnock in control. Their main tactic was long balls into the Spiders box, but a combination of good defending and missed opportunities failed to amount to any real scoring opportunities.

In the 37th minute, after really good play down the left by Rachel Connor, Nicole Cairney was in a good position to have a shot.  Unfortunately Nicole took too long to control the ball and her shot was blocked by incoming defenders.

Nicole Cairney in attack

Queen’s had their best spell of the game in the final five minutes before the interval. Summer Christie, Nicole Cairney, Abby Callaghan and Rachel Connor all were making inroads into the Killie defence, but the final pass was still missing.

In the final minute of the Half Rachael Caddell pulled off an incredible save when she blocked a shot from the Killie number eight from twelve yards out.

Rachael Caddell pulls off a blank range shot

Half time: Kilmarnock 0 Queen’s Park 0

Queen’s certainly came out fighting at the start of the second half. They had their first shot on goal in 90 seconds, when great interpassing by Abby Callaghan and Nicole Cairney allowed Rachel Conner to have shot on goal.

The game continued to progress with neither team dominating. To be honest it now had an ‘end of season’ game feel to it which was in fact was it was with neither team dependant on the result.

Queen’s kept going but were limited to shots well outside the box by the well marshalled Killie defence.

In the 65th minute Eva Payne had a good run down the right where she beat two defenders, cut inside and had a shot which hit the side netting.

Just when the game had 0-0 written all over it, Kilmarnock opened the scoring. From an attack down the right Rachael Caddell brought off a great save only to see Kilmarnock’s Mhairi Crooks score from the loose ball.

Mhairi Crooks opens the scoring for Kilmarnock

Full time: Kilmarnock 1 Queen’s Park 0

Kilmarnock: Kerrigan, Gray, McLaughlin, Rafferty, Docherty (O’Brien 60′), Robinson, G.Crooks, Swan (Campbell 65′), Harty, Reside (G.Crooks 60′), Swanson.  Subs not used: McCulloch.

Queen’s Park: Caddell, Fitzsimmons, Christie, Smith, E. Payne, Rae, Cairney (Hopgood 63′), McIndoe, McDonald (Fulton 46 (S. Payne 87′)), Callaghan, Connor. Subs not used: Kane

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