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Kelly leads charge up table

12 April 2017

Interview by Nine Years Podcast team with Dons Ladies striker

AFC Wimbledon Ladies marched up to second place in the table with an emphatic victory against Enfield Town.

minute with the other goals in a 4-0 win scored by Rebecca Sargent and Katie Stanley (two).thKelly-Jade Whelan led the charge with a cracking solo effort in the 14

The Nine Years Podcast team recently interviewed Kelly about the rise of AFC Wimbledon Ladies and this can be viewed via the link above.

Whelan struck from 20 yards out after a perfect first touch had set-up the shooting opportunity, but the Dons had to stay patient to add to the lead as Enfield held out until half-time.

minute when Whelan played the ball across the six-yard box for Sargent, who slotted home clinically. A third goal arrived 19 minutes from time when Stanley latched onto a pass from Laura Low, before striking a looping drive that left the goalkeeper with no chance. There was better to come when Sian Wylie went on an excellent solo run down the right and crossed for Stanley, who made no mistake.thHowever, it was 2-0 in the 56

Manager Chris Lyons said: “Early goals can settle teams, and I think Kelly’s long range strike certainly did that. Our last three goals were combinations in the final third, and I was happy to see that part of our game working well. The result wasn’t quite as easy as the score-line suggested. The heat could have been a factor today, and the 3G surface at Sutton reflects it back at you. But credit to our players as they tried very hard to maintain the tempo.

“To see Sian get forward and set-up our fourth goal was a credit to the way she’s had to battle back from her injury earlier in the season. I was also pleased to see all the substitutes make an impact and help us maintain the tempo. Our stand out players today were centre backs Jess Trimnell and Sahara Osborne-Ricketts. They were so solid, and there wasn’t a lot that got through them both. They also stepped into midfield well when we couldn’t start our attacks from wide areas. So it was nice for me to see Enfield recognise that with ‘Biff’ (Sahara) being their player of the match. Overall, it was nice to get a win for the club, and to give the supporters something to cheer.”

AFC Wimbledon Ladies: Chase, Trimnell, Wylie, Poole, Osborne-Ricketts, Mclaren-Johnson, Sargent, Searle (Ohalloran,75), Stanley, Bisson (Low, 68), Whelan (Georgia Heasman, 58).

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