|The challenge faced by the women of Kilmarnock when they saw the draw for their UEFA Women's Cup campaign must have been pretty daunting. However they have got off to a reasonable start in Group 8 with a 0-0 draw with CSK WS Samara. The Russians were expected to provide the sternest test to the Scottish champions. However, despite the Russian having seven internationalist in their side, the Killie women weather the storm (especially in the second half). Coach Jim Chapman was pleased with the performance saying: "I'm very happy with the result. It was a very talented Russian side and the girls merited a draw. But we kept giving possession away and I think nerves played a big part. There are a lot of girls new to this that will take a lot from it for the next game." The women take on SU1 Dezembro of Portugal later today (Friday). |
The Russian women play full-time at home were able to show the benefits that brings to understanding and fitness. Kilmarnock's Meggan Sneddon cleared a Maria Diatchkova shot off the line and Samara substitute Galina Komarova hit the crossbar late on. No slouches when it comes to providing internationalists (they have eight on the books at the moment), Killie hope they can qualify from the top spot in the group.