Defeat in Fermanagh

By · May 5, 2011 · Filed in Match Report, News
Mid Ulster travelled to Ballinamallard on Wednesday night to take on last years National League winnners Fermanagh Mallards in the league.   After the recent good spell of weather Fermanagh lived up to its reputation of being the wettest part of Ulster and the game was played in a steady drizzle.  The damp conditions probably contributed to the scrappy nature of the opening exchanges with the ball fizzing around and tackles flying in.  Neither team could stamp their authority on the game and although the visitors had plenty of possession there were no direct efforts on goal.  Both teams were playing out a bruising encounter and Brooke Jordan was the first Mid Ulster player to require treatment.  With chief medical officer Elaine still herself recovering from injury it was up to Ma to "sprint" on with the magic water bottle.  Unfortunately it was to be the first of many sprints on.  Back to the football and Mid Ulster continued to work to create an opening.  Simone Magill was showing her usual industry on the right side and indeed she latched onto an intelligent through ball from Hayley O'Donnell.  The visiting support held their breath but unfortunately the in rushing Ruth Brown couldnt get the ball out of her feet and the chance was cleared by the Mallards defence.  The wet conditions were proving difficult for both defences and for the first 30 minutes neither goal keeper had a save to make.  Unfortunately for Mid Ulster on 32 minutes Fermanagh were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Mid Ulster box.  Worse was to come when Jackie Burns saw the ball beat the wall and slip through her hands to open the scoring for the home team.  At least the Referee seemed to take a shine to some of our girls, even taking Ruth Browns number, although he said she was a bit pushy and gave her a yellow card for her trouble.  Mid Ulster tried to regroup and as the game moved into the final minute of the half some indecision in the box saw the Mallards react quickest to a loose ball to double their advantage going into the break. 

Quick on her touch!

The half time team talk didnt appear to have had the desired affect on the Mid Ulster girls as Fermangh started the second half the stronger and forced an early corner.  A good inswinging corner from the right again wasnt cleared and once again Fermanagh took advantage to further their advantage to 3 goals.  Just when the Mid Ulster girls thought things couldnt get any worse they did.  A crunching tackle took Simone Magill out of the game and everyone feared the worst as it appeared to be a serious injury.  Although it actually was a pretty bad injury (ligament damaged) there were no bones broken and the worst thing of all was Elaine trying to choke herself on the bandage she was opening to put on Simones leg.  Luckily no Heimlec manouveres were required and Simone settled back into her wheel barrow to spectate on the rest of the game.

N.Ireland Ambulance Service!!

By the time half the medical team / match report writer had got back to the sideline Mid Ulster had managed to pull a goal back.  I have no idea how this happened but Adele Gillespe is claiming it and she said it was a good one.  This rallied the troups and with Chloe Barnes on to replace Simone the girls upped their effort.  With nothing to loose except goal difference Mid Ulster went for broke and pushed Claire Brown further up the pitch.  This resulted in a few breakaway Fermanagh attacks but Jackie Burns pulled off a couple of superb stops to keep the scoreline intact.  Unfortunately there was nothing she could do about an attempted clearance / mis kick from one of her team mates that wrapped up the points for the home side.  Ma had two more first aid dashes first for Mykylea (ankle) and then Adele (head) but thankfully they both shook themselves off and got on with it (they must have heard about Ma and her first aid skills).    Brooke Jordan picked up a yellow card in the dying moments but again the author isnt exactly sure what for.  The final whistle sounded and whilst Fermanagh thoroughly deserved the win the Mid Ulster girls will be disappointed with this performance.  Team J Burns, C Brown, K Donnell, M Stewart, L Murphy, S Magill, L Richardson, H O'Donnell, B Jordan, A Gillespe, R Brown.  Subs C Barnes for S Magill not used E McFarland, J McGurk,  C Charles