Super Juniors

By · June 5, 2011 · Filed in Match Report
On a happier note the Juniors remain unbeaten in the Under 14 section of the Dale Farm Junior League.  Following a robust training session on Saturday morning the girls headed to Craigavon where they took on Tandragee and Banbridge in the league.  Unfortunately Mud Rolls have had to be withdrawn from the training programme due to the Coaches ending up in hospital after doing them. First up were Tandragee Rovers who although new to the league this year looked to be a pretty useful side.  Indeed it only took them 5 minutes to show they meant business and Rachel Kelly in goals could do nothing to stop Tandragee taking an early lead as a ball in took a wicked deflection of one of her own defenders.  This did not faze the Mid Ulster girls as they continued to battle to get back into the game.  Emma Mc Farland and Rachel Rodgers kept the ship tight at the back and Emma showed all her experience to demonstrate some great link up play with Samantha Kelly and Erin Mullholland in the middle of the park.  Eimear McGarrity was closing down her opponents at every opportunity and breaking up play to get Samantha Kelly on the ball.  Samantha showed great individual skill to get to the by line and play a great ball across the face of goal.  Anna Donnelly had made a great run to be first onto the ball to direct it to the net bringing the scores level.  Some substitutions for Mid Ulster saw the fresh legs of Jessica Stewart score a great goal to leave the Mid Ulster girls 2-1 up at the half time break.

Anna in full flight

Mid Ulster started the second half on fire and after only 3 minutes  Samantha Kelly was on target to get a well deserved goal and make the score 3-1.  Tandragee were down but not out and they replied nearly immediately with a scorching strike.  Although Anna Donnelly (now in goals) got hands to it there was nothing she could do to keep the ball out.  With Amy McFarland shoring up the mid field area Rachel Kelly was free to attack and that she did laying off a great ball to Jessica Magee who made no mistake in bringing the score to 4-2.  As the game drew to a close Rachel Kelly was on hand again and this time she finished the chance herself to leave the score at full time.  Tandragee 2 Mid Ulster 5.

Yes we are that good!!!

Next up for the girls was Banbridge, a side with great experience at this level.  Mid Ulster started the game with a slightly more defensive line up.  Eimear Mc Garrity took up the gloves for this one and Erin Mullholland dropped a little deeper.  This line up worked well and although the first half was goal less Mid Ulster were comfortable in possession and did go close on a few occasions.  The second half saw Samantha Kelly on a crusade and the Banbridge girls just couldn’t cope.  A rash tackle born out of frustration saw Samantha step up score a screamer of a free kick to open the scoring.  Minutes later Samantha burst through again.  Even as the Banbridge player hauled her back Samantha somehow kept her balance, lost her boot and still managed to score (thank goodness the referee played the advantage!) .  At the other end of the pitch Erin Mullholland was upended as the Banbridge girls were outclassed by their opponents.  Thankfully all the girls play the game in the right spirit and after dusting herself off and shaking hands the game continued.    Rachel Rodgers started off the next attack, playing the ball to Eimear McGarrity who showed great footwork before releasing Samantha Kelly to score her hattrick and her fourth of the day.    Just to round things up Jessica Stewart was on hand late on bundle the ball home for a final score of Banbridge 0  Mid Ulster 4.   

Our super mascot