Queen of the South Ladies are the Biffa SWFL (South) champions after they took all three points against Nithsdale Wanderers Ladies on Sunday, making any miniscule possibility of Kilwinning catching them an arithmetic impossibility.
Queens took some time to break the deadlock, with the Nithsdale keeper in fine form and Queens struggling to adapt to playing on a slightly bobbly grass pitch. It wasn’t until the 28th minute that queens took the lead when striker Holly Ovens pounced on a loose ball to roll the ball home from close range. The goal seemed to settle Queens and two minutes later Ovens added a second, again being first to a loose ball. Ovens completed a 6 minute hat trick in the 34th minute with a header, again from close range. Queens fourth goal came from Megan Hodgson after 41 minutes, with Queens becoming increasingly dominant against a stuffy Nithsdale side.
The second half started with Queens knocking the ball about well and with only three minutes played, Holly Ovens chased the ball to the bye line, cur inside and fired a great strike over the keeper and into the far corner. Megan Hodgson grabbed her second after52 minutes, and Holly Ovens curled in a shot from the edge of the area to bring her tally for the day to five. Further goals from skipper Charlotte Bryden (75), Alexandra Connon (79) and Central defender Leona Smith (88) rounded off the scoring (and set up the best headline since Super Caley went ballistic…). When the final whistle went, confirming a 10-0 win for Queens and a league title clinched, the players, coaches and travelling supporters were not so much ballistic as ecstatic, and for a few minutes Prosecco corks were popping. The team and their coaches continued the celebrations long into the night, but with three more league games still to come to complete the league fixtures, and then the playoffs to decide promotion to the next tier, it was back to training this week for the Beautiful South.
No game this Sunday for Queens Ladies