Keady strikes twice to make it two league wins out of two
AFC Wimbledon Ladies will be aiming to maintain an impressive start to the season on Sunday after a double from Emma Keady secured victory against Milton Keynes.
Keady (pictured) struck both goals in a 2-0 triumph in Buckinghamshire and next up the Dons take on Norwich City Ladies (2.00 pm kick-off on Sunday at Sutton United).
Chris Lyons’ side will bid for a third successive win in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One after beating Milton Keynes.
With four changes from the side that started against Plymouth, Wimbledon set out to take early control of the game.
However, it was the home side who came nearest to opening the scoring. Milton Keynes’ Kerry Newman hit a right footed shot bound for Wimbledon’s top left corner, but keeper Shanell Salgado climbed well to get a top hand to the ball and deflect it safely over the bar.
On the half hour mark Wimbledon marched into the lead when Keady latched on to a poorly placed back pass, before finishing clinically.
With the game still tightly balanced, another intervention from Keady proved to be crucial. Dispossessing MK centre back Naylor, Keady finished well under the home side’s goalkeeper.
In an effort to see out the result, Laura Low was subbed off for Kelly-Jade Whelan to inject some fresh energy and full back Yasmin Poole replaced Lotti Klatt for the final 10 minutes.
Captain Jess Trimnell said: “On Sunday we had a job to do, and a game plan to execute, and I'm pleased to say we did it to great success. Our manager told us that if we worked hard to match the opposition, there was no reason why we couldn't come away with a result. I was very proud of each and every one of my team-mates who travelled at the weekend.
“Special credit to Emma Keady for staying cool in front of goal. The chances came from pressing high and working as a team to turn possession over. We have now set ourselves a high standard of work- rate and made a bold statement to the league that we aren't here to make up the numbers, but to make our mark.”
AFC Wimbledon: Salgado, Wylie, Houghton-North, Bock, Klatt (Poole 80), Sargent, Trimnell, Searle, Keady, Low (Whelan 69), Bisson. Subs not used: O’Halloran, Chase.