Mid Ulster triumph against the Lakers

By · May 22, 2011 · Filed in Match Report
Mid Ulster visited Loughgall on Wednesday in their latest encounter in the Davisons Frudles NIWFA Premier League.  With both teams at the wrong end of the table there was pressure on both teams to get a result.  The first obstacle of the night for the visitors was actually getting to the pitch.  Manager Noel Mitchell led by example as he went off road to reach his destination.  The sheep in the cars behind would have followed him only for the lovely Park Ranger to advise them against this.  After this escapade the girls finally made their way on to the pitch with the screams still ringing in their ears.  Once again due to injuries and other commitments both teams were minus some of their key players for the clash but the Mid Ulster girls were lucky to have Elaine and Clare to name among their super subs.  Mid Ulster started playing with the breeze and indeed some early pressure forced an early free kick and corner for the visitors but the pressure didn’t directly trouble the Loughgall keeper.  Loughgall had some pressure of their own and on 8 minutes they forced a corner but once again nothing came of it.  More pressure from Mid Ulster saw Adele Gillespe force a smart save from Stacey Hamilton in the Loughgall goal.  Mid Ulster pressure was building and Louise Murphy on the left forced another corner for the visitors.  Loughgall cleared the danger to the edge of the box where Colleen McCullagh was on hand to hit a first time shot which smacked off the thinnest cross bar in the country and away to safety.  It was at this point that Noel decided to cut out the cross bar challenge part of the Monday night training sessions.  Mid Ulster continued to press and Hayley O’Donnell was next to warm the hands of the Loughgall number 1.  Perseverance was to pay off for the Mid Ulster girls when they won a free kick 20 yards out from the middle of the Loughgall goal.  Adele Gillespe was first to react and took it quickly to place the ball in the back of the net before the Loughgall girls and most of her Mid Ulster team mates and spectators even realised what had happened.    So 1-0 to the visitors and with the Loughgall girls still reeling from this set back Louise Murphy picked up the ball to dance past a number of players and show good feet to poke the ball into the Loughgall net to make it 2-0 to Mid Ulster.   Not bad for a headless chicken! (this was her own description)   Loughgall reacted straight from the kick off and Claire Rooney tried to get her team back in it with a good shot but Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal showed a safe pair of hands to gather the ball.    Loughgall continued to try to make a breakthrough but the Mid Ulster back line kept things tight and the final action of the half was a booking picked up by Lisa Richardson for a tackle that was about 15 minutes late.  (our very own left footed Paul Scholes) The second half started with Loughgall having the advantage of the breeze but it was Mid Ulster who started the stronger.  Adele Gillespe was causing all sorts of problems to the Loughgall defence and she went close again with an early shot.  Stacey Lee was next to try her luck and after a great individual run she was unlucky to see her shot brush the top of the cross bar.  Loughgall continued to try to get a foothold in the game but with Claire Brown and Karen Donnell at the back for Mid Ulster they were finding it hard to break through.  Brooke Jordan was enjoying her return to her previous club with a commanding display in front of her back four and she looked well completely bedecked in orange and black (hairband and all).  The next attack for Mid Ulster was a flowing move starting with Lisa Richardson on the left wing and she played a super ball into Stacey Lee whose pull back was met by Adele Gillespe to score her second of the night.   Loughgall once again tried to react and indeed did force a corner.  Once again the Mid Ulster defence held strong and Mykylea Stewart started another attack this time down the right wing.  Loughgall  broke it up but it was only a lull in the Mid Ulster pressure.  With Jill Overend on the touchline waiting to replace Lisa Richardson, Lisa played her final pass of the match a great ball to Adele Gillespe who clinically collected her hat trick.  In fact the only thing stopping Adele scoring more goals was her own players kicking her .(isn’t that right Hayley?)  Loughgall did not give up but the visitor’s confidence was high and indeed there were further opportunities.  The group of travelling supporters were hoping for more and Hayley O’Donnell was unlucky not to cap off a fine performance with a goal as she watched her shot go just wide and the game drew to a finish with a final score of Loughgall 0 Mid Ulster 4.] Team:   J Burns, C McCullagh, K Donnell, B Jordan, C Brown, M Stewart, H O’Donnell, L Richardson, L Murphy, S Lee, A Gillespe.  Subs J Overend for L Richardson not used E Junk, C Charles    A strange sighting was "spotted" in the changing room after the match.  What could it be?  Answers on a postcard to Ma

Strange appearance on Colleens leg!!!

Apparently its Magic Tape.....