Mid Ulster LFC vs Lindfield Ladies

By · March 30, 2010 · Filed in Match Report
Mid Ulster entertained Linfield Ladies at the Sports Arena on Wednesday night past in their final game of the 2009 Carnegie Premier League.  With both teams mid table this game would decide fourth and fifth place.  Having drawn the away fixture Mid Ulster badly wanted a win to reverse a string of previous bad results to Linfield.  Mid Ulster were without three of the seasons most consistent players: Karen Donnell, Claire Brown and Adele Gillespe were all unavailable and this was to mean a bit of a reshuffle to the regular line up.  A good crowd at the Sports Arena were in hope of some action and goals and both teams didn’t disappoint.  Mid Ulster started brightly and immediately had a young Linfield team on the back foot.  Simone Magill was causing the Linfield left back all manner of problems every time she got on the ball and it took some last ditch defending to prevent Mid Ulster going in front.  The pressure was eventually to tell when Laura Burton was upended on the edge of the box and Simone Magill stepped up to take the resultant free kick.  She made no mistake dipping the ball over the Linfield wall and away from their keeper to open the scoring.   Whilst the Mid Ulster girls were very much in command Linfield were proving threatening on the break and it took Mykylea Stewart and Colleen McCullagh to be at their best to snuff out the Linfield front pairing.  From the right back position Leanne Johnston was having a great game acting as the playmaker out of defence in to Hayley O’Donnell and Simone Magill in the middle of the park.  Up front Laura Burton and Michelle Scott were full of running and both went close with attempts on goal.  On the left Ruth Brown was solid as every and Stacey Lee at left midfield made a great break in field but just couldn’t keep her shot on target.  The Mid Ulster girls knew they had to secure their lead and once again it was Simone Magill who stepped up to the mark with a great individual run and shot that the Linfield number one could do nothing about.  Linfield were not going to give up and they continued to press but Tracy Bell was solid in theMid Ulster goal.  Mid Ulster continued to create chances and Michelle Scott was next to take advantage.  Linfield heads were starting to go down and Mid Ulster sensed that they could finish the game off before the half.  Just before the whistle Simone Magill completed her hat trick finishing the half 4 – 0 to the home team. The second half saw Linfield come out determined to improve and indeed an early free kick nearly opened their account but for a superb save by Tracy Bell low to her left hand side.  This lifted the Linfield girls and they were putting the MidUlster back line under a bit more pressure. Mid Ulster held firm and but for a number of borderline offside they would have increased their advantage.  Persistence was to pay off when Laura Burton sprung the offside trap to make it 5 – 0 to the home team.  Ruth McGarvey entered the action replacing Stacy Lee and she showed some great touches on the right wing to set up some more Mid Ulster pressure.  Linfield continued to battle and they eventually got some reward for their efforts when they managed to scramble a goal from a ball that the Mid Ulster girls will feel that they should have cleared.  Elaine Junk then replaced Laura Burton and was immediately involved when the Linfield number 7 decided to have an unprovoked kick out at her even though the ball was half way up the pitch.  With the referee standing right beside her it was an easy decision to produce a straight red card for the young lady in question.  With Elaine thankfully uninjured the Mid Ulster girls pressed again and got the response they deserved when Michelle Scott scored her second of the night to finish the game off 6 – 1. Team: T Bell, R Brown, M Stewart, C McCullagh. L Johnston, C Charles, H O’Donnell, S Magill, S Lee, M Scott, L Burton.  Subs R McGarvey for S Lee, E Junk for L Burton. The Junior were narrowly defeated on Friday past by their “Parents”.  A great night was had by all and the “oldies” proved that experience beats youth every time.  A BBQ afterwards revived everyone and thanks to all who attended. So the players now take a well deserved break but the club would like to thank the players, supporters, parents, Coach Noel Mitchell, our main sponsor the Railway Bar and all the companies that sponsored the club throughout the season.  The next major event will be the Club dinner and good luck to all our juniors who are involved in Tyrone County Excellence Programmes and the various international teams who will be training and competing throughout the winter

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