Sealina inspires Mid Ulster to victory

By · June 20, 2011 · Filed in Match Report

Sealina our inspiration

Mid Ulster entertained Derry City on Monday night in the third round of the IFA Coca Cola Cup.  A welcome break from the pressures of the league the Mid Ulster girls knew they would have a game on their hands as the Derry girls were currently sitting top of Division 1.   A great turn out of players attended and for the first time this season we nearly didn’t have enough kits and Elaine and Clare slipped off the subs list.   Prior to the game the talk in the dressing room was all about the return to training of Sealina.  Photos had emerged of Sealina in her training head quarters back in the water after suffering horrific injuries at the hands of Alfie the Shih tzu.  Her aim to be fit for the forthcoming duck race was inspiring and the girls all carried this with them onto the field of play. Mid Ulster started the game well winning an early corner after good pressure from Adele Gillespie.  Although Derry cleared the danger Mid Ulster picked the ball up in midfield and Mykylea Stewarts clever through ball picked out Simone Magill bursting into the area.  Unfortunately her first touch took the ball too close to the Derry keeper and the pressure was relieved for the visitors.  Indeed Derry were not overawed by their Premier League opponents and in their first real attack of the game they called Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal into action with a strike from the edge of the area.  The action was end to end in a very entertaining game with Adele Gillespie shooting just wide and then Derry breaking up field to win a corner.  Mid Ulster cleared the danger but when their own attack broke down Derry were quick to counter and drew a foul on their centre forward 25 yards out in the centre of the goal.  With her wall well positioned Jacqueline Burns gathered the resultant free kick confidently and sent the Mid Ulster girls on their way again.   This time it was Lisa Richardsons turn to show her silky skills and after beating two questionable challenges inside the box she was unlucky not to get her shot away.  Indeed for all her effort in staying on her feet a penalty shout would not have been out of order had she gone down under either challenge.  Perhaps this honesty was rewarded minutes later when Derrys centre forward broke through the Mid Ulster defence.  A collision between the Derry player and Jacqueline Burns brought a big shout for a penalty but referee Lauren Murray gave a free out to the Mid Ulster keeper and in fairness she was closer to the event than anyone on the sidelines.  This let off seemed to spur the home team on and after good work from Brooke Jordan Adele Gillespie was unlucky to see her shot go just over.  On 36 minutes coach Noel Mitchell decided to apply more pressure and Chloe Barnes was unlucky to have to make way for Stacey Lee to come on as a third striker.  The substitution nearly made an immediate impact as Simone Magill played the ball across goal but Stacey Lees finish was just wide of the post.  This was followed by a great run from left back by Ruth Brown playing in Lisa Richardson who teed up Stacey Lee but her shot was well held by the Derry keeper.  This was to be the final action of a very enjoyable first half. Half time entertainment however was provided with Rachel Stewart and her band of merry subs playing cross bar challenge whereby you had to hit the cross bar and then yourself with the ball!  Not sure how this worked but it was funny. Mid Ulster started the second half on the attack winning an early corner which was cleared by the Derry back line.  From the clearance Brooke Jordan picked up well and a great run was ended just outside the box with a trip from a Derry defender.  Simone Magill took the free kick and the Derry number one gathered well from the strike.  More good work in midfield released Lisa Richardson to win a corner which Stacey Lee got her head to only to see the ball come back off the post.  The woodwork was then called into action at the opposite end of the field when a Derry break and strike came back off the crossbar.  Mid Ulster followed up with more pressure but it was going to take something special (or a fluke) to break the deadlock.  On 24 minutes into the second half the moment of genius occurred.  Noel said it was a fluke.... Simone Magill picked up the ball on the right wing and cutting inside she curled a super left footed shot into the top corner of the Derry goal.  This dispelled the nerves and the Mid Ulster girls started to show what they can do.  Some great play saw strikes for Stacey Lee and Hayley O’Donnell that just drifted wide.  Simone Magill went close to doubling her tally with a looping header just over.  Ruth Brown was starting to play higher up the pitch and was creating some great openings for team mates.  One such ball in to Adele Gillespie saw Adele execute a neat turn and as she accelerated away from her marker she was fouled.  From the resultant free kick 25 yards out Adele hit a great strike to make the score 2-0.  Derry City tried to rally but Claire Brown and Karen Donnell at the back had the game under control with Ruth Brown and Mykylea Stewart pushing forward at every opportunity.  Simone Magill got a rest when she was replaced by Louise Murphy who was immediately into the action with a couple of cracking deliveries into the box but the Mid Ulster girls couldn’t extend their advantage.  So the game ended 2-0 to the home team after a very entertaining match. Team:  J Burns, C Brown, R Brown, K Donnell, M Stewart, A Gillespie, H O’Donnell, B Jordan, C Barnes (S Lee), S Magill (L Murphy), Lisa Richardson.  Subs not used R Stewart, J Overend, E McFarland and K Hodgett