Glentoran BU V Mid Ulster Pre Season Friendly

By · March 31, 2010 · Filed in Match Report
Mid Ulster Ladies kicked off their pre season with a friendly against Glentoran Belfast Utd on 28 March 2010 at Billy Neil.  Both teams had a number of absentees from their normal line ups but this did not lessen the endeavour displayed by both teams.  The new faces in the Mid Ulster line up included Debbie Rankin in goal, Louise Murphy and Kelly Ann Ballentine.  Both teams were using the game as a good workout and the game was end to end.  Claire Brown and Karen Donald reunited their solid defensive partnership.   In the midfield Hayley O’Donnell was linking up well with Simone Magill and she went closest in the first half when the crossbar saved the home team from going into the break a goal down. The second half saw Tracy Bell taking over in the Mid Ulster goal with the versatile Debbie Rankin taking over at right back as Mykylea Stewart moved to centre half to replace Claire Brown.  Glentoran BU started the second half well but Tracy Bell showed bravery and good hands to keep the Mid Ulster goal intact.  Mykylea Stewart was marshalling the back line well and Louise Murphy was showing great promise in her first outing at left back.  Mid Ulster had their chances too and Stacy Lee on the left wing deservedly won a free kick for the visitors mid way through the half.  Rachel Stewart stepped up to swing the ball in and her pacey ball outfoxed everyone including the BU backline and sailed into the far corner.  This was no more than the visitors deserved and the Mid Ulster girls began to grown in confidence and once again the wood work prevented Simone Magill went close.  Adele Gillespe wasn’t far away with a free kick and Rachel Stewart and KellyAnn Ballentine  also found themselves in good positions. The game finished on a high with the introduction of Elaine Junk and Clare Charles for the last few minutes raising the average age of the team to about 56. Final Score Glentoran Belfast Utd 0  Mid Ulster Ladies 1 (lets hope we can repeat that one later in the season). Team D Rankin, M Stewart, K Donald, C Brown (T Bell), A Gillespe, S Magill, H O’Donnell, L Murphy, R Stewart,( E Junk),  Kelly Ann Ballentine  (E Junk)