Munro warns ICT Development over Kirkwall improvement
Ally Munro has warned that Kirkwall City are a much improved side compared to earlier in the season ahead of ICT Development’s trip north this weekend.
Kirkwall took some hammerings earlier on in the year, contributing to them lounging second bottom of the table with a goal difference of minus-42.
But in games against Brora and Buckie in the last two months, they have put up more of a fight, getting a few goals going forward to counter being leaky at the back.
So Munro believes they are a side on the rise, still improving with almost a season of competitive football under their belts.
“They’re growing in stature as a team, you can see that with the results,” Munro insisted.
“Teams were beating them by high scores at the start of the season, but you can see now that they’re starting to get it together.
“They’re starting to score goals too, I think we’re in for a very tough test.
“We’re only bringing three girls up that started against them last time, so it will be a tough test.”
Although it may just come with the territory of being a development side, Munro has had to deal with a high turnover of players this season.
Some of Munro’s youngsters have gone to university, the likes of Peigi Barker have moved up to the senior squad and others are injured.
The hope is that next year will see a more settled side compete in the Highlands and Islands League.
But Munro does not expect to be alone in that, with more sides than even ICT Development and Kirkwall City improving after regular game-time in 2019.
“Next year we will be a bit more settled, and our expectation levels will be that bit higher because we know what level we have to play to in order to compete with these other teams,” he said.
“There are a lot of up and coming teams coming through, Brora were impressive a couple of weeks ago, they have really improved a lot.
“Everybody is upping their game, we lost to Caithness a couple of weeks ago, they’re a very good team now.
“It seems to be that the league is working really well, because these girls are improving. That’s the most important thing about this year.”