Kilmarnock lose late goal to draw with Inverness City


Heavy rain the night before made the pitch soggy and matters were not helped as a strong wind was prevalent for most of the match. Before the game both sides filled the bottom two positions in the Scottish Womens Premier League.

It took three minutes for the first chance of the game to come when Kilmarnocks Kirsty Munro ran to the line before putting in a great ball into the box which Kim Jappy did well to push clear of the goals for her defence to punt up field.

On six minutes Kilmarnock had another attempt on goal saved by Jappy as a direct free kick from Sarah Patterson was heading for the top corner before Jappy cleanly took the ball. Kilmarnock were confident and with the wind behind them, every ball over the top was causing problems for the Inverness defence.

Kirsty Munro cheekily tried to chip Jappy only for the goalkeeper to catch the ball on the line. Inverness were working the ball well but didn’t get a chance to test Lauren Grant in the Kilmarnock goal till a speculative strike from Hannah Gordon on 25 minutes was pushed wide and out for a corner. Hannah Mackley had lots of space and time to head the ball from the resulting corner but the keeper got down well and saved it from going in at the bottom corner.

The best chance of the half for Kilmarnock fell to Sam McManus just before half time as Megan McCarthay slipped in the wet conditions leaving McManus one on one with Jappy, however she hit the ball past the keeper and also just past the post.

The second half started with an error and a goal as a short back pass from the Inverness defence was picked up by Kilmarnock’s, Sam McManus who took the ball round Jappy and slotted it into the empty net.

The goal was the incentive for Inverness to pick up the pace and they were rewarded almost instantly on 50 minutes when they got their equaliser. Hannah Gordon from out wide cut a great ball across the box to Lorraine Cadden who striked the ball into the bottom corner with power.

Inverness started to dominate and Kilmarnock started to sit in and they were punished on 61 minutes when Inverness took the lead for the first time in the game. Natalie Bodium put in a cross from out wide which Grant failed to hold onto leaving captain Amelia Annand free to score from a couple of yards out into an empty net.

Annand nearly got a second for herself and a third for Inverness on 65 minutes when she was found free at the back post after a great cross from Lorraine Cadden, however Annand headed wide when it looked easier to score.

Kilmarnock made a triple substitution with 20 minutes to go with even the goalkeeper being replaced. The fresh legs certainly helped Kilmarnock who got their equaliser on 73 minutes through the ever dangerous, Kirsty Munro. Kirsty received a great ball from left back Alana Black on the edge of the box, she dummied past her opponent before striking the ball into the top of the net and through the fingers of Jappy.

Kilmarnock were not finished there and took the lead on 75 minutes. Sam McManus got her second of the game after chipping the ball over Jappy.

Kilmarnocks goals were against the run of play however McManus and Munro had caused problems for the Inverness defence every time they ran at them.

Inverness proceeded to throw everything at the Kilmarnock defence and they looked like they might not make the breakthrough. However with only a minute to go Natalie Bodium found herself free on goal after a nice through ball from Lorraine Cadden and she made no mistake as she rounded the new Killie keeper before slotting the ball into the empty net to give Inverness a share of the spoils.

Kilmarnock still sit bottom of the table on two points with Inverness a place above them on six points.

Inverness City LFC: Kim Jappy, Becky Dingwall, Sarah Main, Megan McCarthey, Hannah Mackley, Amelia Annand, Zoe Johnstone (Lisa Mackenzie), Megan McCarthey, Hannah Gordon, Lorraine Cadden, Natalie Bodium

Subs not used: Emma Patterson

Kilmarnock LFC: Lauren Grant (Jo Casey), Annie Kirkland (Natalie Higgon), Lauren Sloan, Sarah Patterson, Nicole Murray, Rachel Webb, Kirsty Munro, Katie Paterson, Sam McManus, Morgan Hunter (Kayleigh Weeks), Alana Black

Referee: Gavin Dearie


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