The scoreline was emphatic but the sensational interplay between the K Sport players was the real story in this, the away side’s first league victory of the season. From goalkeeper Lorraine Mullaly, through to centre forward Sharon Turville, each and every player had an inspired 70 minutes taking the play to their experienced opposition, spending much of game on the front foot.
That is not to say that Mullaly did not play her part in this fine performance. When the score was goalless she pulled off a triple save at the feet of a dangerous Faversham forward, and then in the second half she pulled off a spectacular save to her left from a short corner. Both moments could have turned the game were it not for her brilliance.
However, Mullaly was rarely called upon as it was the Faversham keeper who was by far the busier. She had a great game, particularly in the first half when she was able keep her goal intact much to the frustration of the K Sports side. Turville was the greatest loser of this, as she was denied a potential hat-trick through the home side keeper’s heroics. Kirsty Wood also saw one shot slide agonisingly past the post after she took advantage of the space she was afforded as she drove into the circle. She controlled the play from her central position and with Mandy Toombs and Sharon McAllan keeping the width in midfield. K Sports were switching the ball with a dexterity which allowed them to keep their opposition guessing as to where the next attack was coming from.
Nonetheless it was not until ten minutes into the second half that K Sports finally (and deservedly) broke the deadlock. Sue Rea drove into the circle and just as she was about to hit the backline she squared the ball, finally eliminating the keeper. Kayleigh Smith was perfectly placed to sweep the home, much to the joy of the team.
That joy was quickly scuppered when Favesham immediately equalised, but the belief in the K Sport was almost palpable as they regained their composure and continued to attack from both wings. Phil Ward was highly disciplined as she maintained her width throughout the game never giving into temptation to come inside. Her partnership with Toombs on the right flourished throughout the game enabling some great circle penetration to take place through creating space or precision passing.
The back three of Jen Divall, Kat Lichfield and Tracy Smith were also playing their part albeit with quiet calmness clearing the ball with precision and composure whenever, the defensive circle was being threatened. Indeed they were the instigators of many of the attacks as they would either clear the ball long, or produce clever angles to the midfield players giving them the space to either run with the ball or play another pass to the marauding forwards.
K Sports’ second came through a quick combination of passes in midfield, releasing Wood to calmly play the final ball to McAllan, who coolly swept the ball home from the left of the circle. Rea added a third after Smith gave her the time and space through a clever back door pass, after a short corner routine. Smith secured all three points after being fed the ball by Turville just before the final whistle.
As the K Sport team came off the pitch, to a player they agreed to share Player of the Match between all 11 of them: a testament to not only the way they played the match but the collectiveness they can inspire in each other each Saturday. They hope to replicate their performance when they entertain high flying Gillingham Anchorians next Saturday.
|7th October 2017||10:15 am||Kent Women's League Division 5||2017/18|
|Westlands Ave, Sittingbourne ME10 1PA, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Faversham Ladies 1st XI||0||1||1||Loss|
|K Sports Ladies 2nd XI||0||4||4||Win|