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Peamount United kept alive their hopes of advancing in the UEFA Champions' League in Slovenia ...

Krka   0 - 7   Peamount United


Peamount United kept alive their hopes of advancing in the UEFA Women's Champions League competition when they enjoyed a high-scoring win over Krka in Slovenia.


Peamount are competing with three other teams in a mini-league competition with only the winners of the round-robin tournament advancing. Peamount were beaten by the group favourites, Rayo Vallecano, in their opening match and must now hope that Krka upset the form-book and stop Rayo Vallecano in their third match if they are to win the group.


Peamount will play Parnu JK in their third match and, it goes without saying, they must win that if they hope to capitalise upon any upset in Rayo Vallecano's match. They showed they are in the mood to do just that with a free-scoring performance on Saturday in Matiga Gubec Stadium, Krsko.


Peamount were more comfortable in the moderate temperatures of the evening kick-off and they finished very strongly. They had to cope with a vigorous challenge early in the game, however, and goalkeeper Linda Meehan was called upon to make important saves.


Peamount jumpted in front after 18 minutes when Stephanie Roche scored a cracking goal after being set up beautifully by Rachel Jenkins. When Sara Lawlor added a second in the 31st minute Peamount began to take control of the game.


The underlined their superiority when Roche reacted quickly to score when Lawlor's shot rebounded off the goalkeeper and when Lawlor made good progress on the wing and produced an excellent pass team captain Louise Quinn capitalised to make it 4 - 0 at half-time.


Krka made two substitutions after half time with Povh in for Benak and Gruden on for Kvelidze, but they found it increasing more difficult to check Peamount's advance.

A corner after 53 minutes enabled Quinn convert a header to make it 5 - 0 and she completed her hat-trick after 66 minutes. Another corner was headed in by Lawlor after 78 minutes but goalkeeper Meehan had to be alert to protect her clean sheet when she was called on to make a double save, first knocking the ball on to the crossbar with her fingertips and then pushing the rebound shot away from danger.


Lawlor hunted for her hat-trick, and probably deserved it, but she went off with a knock towards the end of the game and Peamount finished with 10 players. Preliminary reports indicate she went off as a precautionary measure and the minor knock shouldn't affect her further participation in the tournament.


With one remaining game, Peamount are still in contention for qualification, currently sitting second in the group with 3 points after losing to group leaders Rayo Vallecano and convincingly beating Krka.


They will hope that they can beat the host club, Parnu, on Tuesday and their chances would be made even more favourable if Krka can get an unlikely winning result against Rayo Vallecano.


The UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round: The 32 lower-ranked champion clubs compete in eight four-team, one-venue mini-tournaments hosted by one of the competitors. The top team from each group progresses along with the two best runners-up.


Fixtures and more information available on www.uefa.com/womenschampionsleague

Krka: Tamar Nadirashvili (GK), Kristina Erman, Tamar Kvelidze (Sara Gruden 46'), Andreja Nikl, Kristina Redenšek, Manja Benak (C) (Ksenja Povh 46'), Milena Pešić, Dragica Stipič (Yellow card 55'), Lara Markelc (Monika Žunkovič 84'), Alja Krznarič, Mimica Pavlović
Substitutes Vesna Mitrovič (GK), Larissa Šoronda, Monika Boh, Špela Gnidovec.


Peamount United: Linda Meehan (GK), Nicola Sinnott, Grace Murray, Susan Byrne, Rachel Jenkins(Julie Russell 58'), Louise Quinn (C), Wendy McGlone, Sara Lawlor, Karen Duggan, Stephanie Roche (Ruth Comerford 67'), Amanda Parkes (Denise O'Sullivan 51')
Substitutes not used: Sarah Finnerty (GK), Susan Hackett, Emma Donohoe, Ruth Comerford, Cathriona Dunne.


Fixture:

UEFA Women's Champions' League Qualification:

16/08/'11 - Peamount United v Parnu JK in Parnu (Estonia).

UEFA Women's Champions League Qualification

Group 3:

Clubs

P

W

D

L

F

A

+/-

Pts

Rayo Vallecano

2

2

0

0

5

1

4

6

Peamount United

2

1

0

1

7

1

6

3

Parnu JK

2

1

0

1

3

5

-2

3

ZNK Krka

2

0

0

2

1

9

-8

0

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