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Football: Seven-up Dons cool; WOMEN'S FOOTBALL.

Byline: GINNY CLARK

ABERDEEN revved up for an assault on the top of the Premier League with a 7-0 victory over Clyde last weekend.

Helen McLellan grabbed a hat-trick. And boss Rob Ritchie said: 'Everyone is high on confidence right now.

'Just because we achieved a good result against Clyde doesn't mean we are complacent or arrogant But on Sunday we will be going out to beat Kilmarnock.'

The Reds are under no illusions as to how difficult that task is likely to be.

Aberdeen, one of four Premier newcomers lost 7-1 to Killie in their opening game.

But Ritchie insists there won't be a repeat of that result. He said: 'Kilmarnock are strong opposition and deserve our respect for their considerable achievements over the past few years.

'However, we have had time to gel more as a team and I believe we will be able to give Killie a more evenly-matched contest this time.'

With Killie continuing their search for a new manager, experienced players Lesley Fowler and Tracy Burns have stepped in to oversee training after several months of commitment from Scotland defender and SFA development officer Shelly Kerr.

Speculation about the job going to former Giulianos boss and Scotland veteran Maggie Wilson appears to have been overstated.

She has been helping out but because she is Haddington-based she won't join the Ayrshire club long-term.

Wilson said: 'It's just too far away. do miss the game - in fact I have been approached by a few clubs - but after 33 seasons I need a break.'
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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