Cheer FC Kilmarnock on as they lift the league trophy

Cheer FC Kilmarnock on as they lift the league trophy

in #KillieStories November 2, 2017

FC Kilmarnock will celebrate a season to remember this Sunday as they receive the SWFL Division 1 South trophy at Rugby Park.

Stewart Hall's side have been in sensational form this term, winning 18 of their 19 league matches with the curtain coming down against Boroughmuir Thistle on November 5 with kick off at 4pm. 

Entry to the Main Stand for Sunday's match at Rugby Park is free with the option to make a donation to the ladies' youth development system. So if you're looking for a Killie fix and can't make it to Murrayfield then come and cheer on the ladies and see them lift the trophy.

A product of the club's youth system, Kirsty Munro has experienced all the highs and lows of the team's journey in recent seasons.

She sat down with us ahead of Sunday's game to reflect on an incredible campaign as well as look forward to life back in the big time next year.

Tell us a little bit about your story as a FC Kilmarnock Ladies player

I started playing for FC Kilmarnock in 1996, so this has been my 21st season with the club. I started at U9s and made the step up to the senior squad in 2007/08.

There have been many highs and lows throughout my time playing for Kilmarnock including winning the Scottish Cup at U13, U15 and U17 levels. My senior career has been full of ups and downs too. The lowest moment was being relegated from the Premier Division to the First Division and then going down to the Second Division.

Many players and a few different managers have come and gone but I have stayed and helped get us back to SWPL2. 

How does this season rank in your career? 

It has definitely been one of the most enjoyable seasons, probably the best of my senior career to be honest. We have a great bunch of girls who all get on well. We socialise out with football, which makes the bond on the pitch stronger.

You’ve won promotion and the league title, talk to us about how you and the team felt after getting that result against Hearts.

Obviously we were all delighted at winning the league title. After the Hearts game we knew we had secured promotion but it wasn’t until later on that night we knew that we had won the league as Queens Park beat Hibs which was the result we needed to be champions.

At the start of the season Stewart gave us one target and that was to win the league, which we managed with five games left to play.

The coach Stewart Hall has led the team to 18 wins from 19 matches – what are his main strengths and how big a part has he played in the team’s success?

Stewart has played a massive part in the team’s success.

His knowledge of football and the other teams in the league is massive so he is able to base training around how he wants us to play on the Sunday. He knows his own players well and can adapt team selection/formation depending on who we are playing so that we play to our strengths.

He's ambitious but obviously wants the best for the team. He has great belief in our ability and builds confidence around the team.

What is the most exciting thing about playing in SWPL2 next season?

I’m excited to be playing against some of the top ladies teams in Scotland every week. Obviously the games will be hard but I am looking forward to the challenge.

You’ll receive the trophy at Rugby Park on Sunday against Boroughmuir Thistle – who should the fans be looking out for?

Everyone has played a massive part in our achievements this season so I can’t really pick out any individual players. It would be good for us to have a better crowd than we usually do at games and we would appreciate any support.

How much potential does the club have to kick on from here?

We haven’t really spoke about our aims for next season, we have just been concentrating on finishing this season with as many points as we can. We would have preferred 19 wins from 19 but hopefully on Sunday we are able to finish on a high.

It will be more difficult next season but with the players we have, I'm sure we will be able to compete. 

The club definitely has the potential to kick on. We have gone from strength to strength over the last few years, Davie Howie and all the committee work tirelessly behind the scenes and probably don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Kilmarnock Ladies are the oldest ladies club in Scotland and teams in the past have competed at the top. I’m sure everyone  would like Kilmarnock Ladies to be back where they belong at the top of Scottish Ladies Football.

Thanks from FC Kilmarnock Ladies chairman 

Chairman David Howie added: "Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stewart Hall and his side for their hard work, energy and enthusiasm that has guided them to the title. 

"By lifting this great club into the SWPL 2, the seniors have restored a pride back to Kilmarnock Ladies. There has been a lot of hard work in the last few years to lay the foundations for our revival and it’s fantastic to see us now reaping the rewards for the hard work both on and off the field.

"After going all season with just one league defeat up until now, scoring a remarkable amount of goals and conceding very few, we now have a senior team we should be proud to showcase.

"On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has come along to support the girls so far this season. Your support is hugely appreciated."