Aberdeen made it nine wins from ten in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 going into the winter break with an emphatic 5-0 victory away to Kilmarnock.
Goals from Eilidh Shore, Jessica Broadrick, Francesca Ogilvie, Bayley Hutchison and Lauren Gordon set the reds on their journey back up to the Granite city with smiles on their faces.
It was terrible conditions in Ayrshire with the rain just relentless as the teams kicked off. But it didn’t stop Aberdeen getting off to the perfect start after just three minutes thanks to midfielder Shore. She found herself with a free header in the box from an excellent Chloe Gover corner kick and bulleted the ball past Morgan Hunter in the Killie goal.
The Reds had a similar chance not long after from a corner but it was better dealt with by the Killie defence. The Killie goalkeeper Morgan Hunter made it clear that she expected better from her side after conceding so cheaply early into the game.
The half continued to be dominated by the visitors with several chances to increase their lead – especially with Bayley Hutchison looking sharp and full of skill as always. When any rare Kilmarnock attack did occur the all-so-composed Kelly Forrest in the heart of the Dons defence dealt with the danger.
At the break it was just the one goal lead for the team from the Granite city, however they did control the bulk of possession. Shore was finding herself with lots of space to dictate the play from midfield, while the energetic Eva Thomson came close to getting on the scoresheet too.
The second half started very even, Killie looked like they had fire in their bellies and were eager to get themselves back into the game. However, Aberdeen continued to play expansive easy-on-the-eye football, utilising the wide Rugby Park pitch.
There was a breakthrough in the 53rd minute as dons defender Broadrick cut inside down the left and fired the ball high past the Killie keeper to double their advantage. It was probably deservedly on the balance of play and possession. It was also Broadrick’s first goal of the SWPL 2 season.
There was controversy on the 68th minute as a Killie player was deemed to have handled the ball in the box. Ogilvie stepped up and took the spot kick but Morgan Hunter was equal to it and made the save. However, the assistant referee immediately waved his flag claiming the goalkeeper had left her line too quickly, much to the fury of the Killie bench. The penalty was retaken and it was Ogilvie again who stepped up, and this time fired home into the corner and the net to make 3-0 to the visitors.
Killie substitute, Rebecca Galt, had a gilt edged chance in 78 minutes to get her side a consolation but her shot was weak and straight at the goalkeeper.
Any optimism didn’t last long for Kilmarnock as just minutes later the prolific Hutchison made it 4-0. She picked up the ball on the outside of the 18-yard box and fired a powerful shot past Hunter. That took her tally up to 14 goals for the season in just 10 games.
Then deep into stoppage time Aberdeen were awarded another penalty after an inexperienced foul from a Killie substitute on Hannah Innes. Dons substitute striker Gordon stepped up confidently to convert the penalty, her first goal of the season.
Kilmarnock: Hunter, Burrows, Gray, Robinson, Munro (Galt 59), Harty, Campbell, Sloan (O’Brien 46), Neil, Rolph (McCulloch 81), Sloey (Reside 46); McDowall, Fletcher, Telford.
Aberdeen: Gilmour, Campbell, Broadrick, Doig, Shore, Gover (Innes 85), Hutchison, Ogilvie (Fraser 70), Forrest, Collins (Bruce 63), Thomson (Gordon 75); Blanchard, Strath