Women Puma Football

Eleanor Scotland netted a hattrick in a 6-0 victory over Ketton Ladies on Wednesday evening.

Peterborough United Women Development Squad produced a flawless performance at idverde Training Ground on Wednesday evening as they recorded an emphatic 6-0 victory over Ketton Ladies.

Posh opened the scoring after just two minutes as Eleanor Scotland drove into the box and fired an effort towards goal, which went just over the keeper's head and straight into the back of the net. Aliyah Palmer came close to a second on 20 minutes as her effort towards the bottom right corner was saved by the keeper after great work by Scotland to keep the ball in play and pick out Palmer.

On 35 minutes, Posh doubled their advantage and it was Stacey McConville who converted from close-range after Palmer’s initial effort bounced off the post to the feet of McConville. A couple of minutes later, McConville added her second of the game as Amy Gore’s pass found the midfielder inside the box and she fired low into the corner.

Five minutes into the second half and Posh grabbed their fourth goal of the evening, with Scotland also adding to her tally, as she drove into the box and showed composure to slot past the keeper. It was five on the hour mark and Scotland bagged her third of the evening as Hannah Murphy’s ball over the top was latched onto by the forward, who aimed her effort into the top right corner.

On 63 minutes, Posh made it six as a corner was won by Alice Macnicol and she fired into the top corner from close-range. Shaun Harley’s side were down to 10 players in the closing stages as Lauren King received a red card from the referee.

Assistant manager Ian McIntosh said after the game: “We've had to change positions and formation, which we've only put to use in the second half of the last game and tonight, but it’s clearly working. The girls are attacking more and pushing forward, which is giving them greater opportunities and better results. They have shown loads of progress from the beginning of pre-season.”

Scotland added: “It was a great performance and a good way to boost confidence in pre-season. To keep a clean sheet and get lots of goals, it's very rewarding after the 2-2 draw against Histon from Sunday.”

Posh Starting XI: Markwell, Aylmer, Johnson, Barnes, Richards-Reeves, McConville, Gore, Murphy, Sharman, Palmer, Scotland.

Subs: Macnicol, Cooper, Harley, Wheatley, Podd, Hunter, Rider, L. King, D. King, Trialist.