Glentoran B.U. v Mid Ulster

By · June 20, 2011 · Filed in Match Report
Mid Ulster travelled to Belfast on Wednesday past to take on Glentoran Belfast Utd in the NIWFA Frudles Premier League.  The girls knew this would be a tough encounter against the team topping the league who are currently unbeaten this season.  Mid Ulster were boosted by the return from injury of Simone Magill but holidays and other commitments meant the Mid Ulster girls were missing Adele Gillespe and Colleen McCullagh from the normal starting 11.  The team were delighted to see Simone back on the pitch but the supporters and coaching staff were even more delighted as it meant they didnt have to put up with her antics on the sideline for a change!!

Mid Ulster girls in their pyjamas!!

Glentoran started well and the Mid Ulster girls were under pressure right from the start as Glentoran won an early free on the edge of the box.  The resultant shot was straight at Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal and she showed good hands to hold onto the ball.  More pressure followed from the home team and it was no real surprise when on 7 minutes they took the lead.  A strike came back into play off the post and Catherine O’Hagen was quickest to react to make the score 1-0.  The Mid Ulster girls regrouped but they were finding it difficult to hold onto the ball and more pressure from the home team needed a good tackle from Karen Donnell to snuff out the danger.  Moments later Jacqueline Burns was called into action again with a superb tip when the ball looked destined for the top corner.   Claire Brown was having a busy game at the back alongside sister Ruth and Mykylea Stewart but even when they won the ball it was proving difficult to get it into the Glentoran half for any length of time.  Towards the end of the first half Mid Ulster did have a period of possession with Hayley O’Donnell finding Simone Magill on a number of occasions.  Glentoran had done their homework and they had Simone well marshalled snuffing out any threat that she was going to cause.  The half ended with a Kelly Ballie strike going just over but for all the pressure it was still only 1-0 at the break. Mid Ulster started the second half well but after 6 minutes of the half Glentoran won a corner.  A good delivery was not dealt with by Mid Ulster and Jessica Doran pounced for Glentoran to bundle the ball home to make it 2-0.  Mid Ulster reacted well to this and 2 minutes later they were back in the game.  A great piece of skill from Simone Magill saw her break free on the left hand side and play a ball across the face of the Glentoran goal.  The hard working Chloe Barnes came racing in to take her chance and slot the ball into the back of the net.  The visitors might have thought they were back in the hunt but Glentoran had other ideas and 2minutes later their two goal advantage was restored when Demi Vance struck a great shot from just outside the box to make the score 3-1 to the home team.  The pitch wasnt helping the quality of football and some of the Glentoran players were finding the grass a bit long tripping over it on one occasion much to the delight of the home support.  Where is Karen and her lawn mower when you need her.  More pressure from Glentoran followed but some resolute defending, great goal keeping  and the bar and post kept the score as it was.  Substitutions for Mid Ulster saw Rachel Stewart and Louise Murphy replace the battle scarred Lisa Richardson and Chloe Barnes but the changes couldn’t spark a recovery for the visitors and so the game ended, Glentoran BU 3  Mid Ulster 1.

Jackie tips one over the top

Team J Burns, C Brown, K Donnell, R Brown, M Stewart, L Richardson (L Murphy), H O’Donnell, B Jordan, C Barnes ( R Stewart), S Lee, S Magill.  Subs not used C Charles, E Junk