First outing in the league for Mid Ulster U 15s

By · October 9, 2011 · Filed in Match Report
The Mid Ulster U15 team kicked off their League campaign at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena on Sunday 9 October.  The rain actually paused for the match which in itself was a minor miracle as the girls took to the field.  In the first 11 aside match for the girls, Sion Swifts provided the opposition.  The team was built around the U14 summer league team and current senior squad members Jacqueline Burns and Emma McFarland provided an experienced pairing to build the squad around.  Mid Ulster got off to a flyer with Eden Lavery having an imediate impact on the left wing and providing an early chance for Anna Donnelly to tee up Mollie Young who expertly put the Mid Ulster girls into the lead after 2 minutes of play.  Sion reacted almost immediately pulling a goal back within a minute of the restart after a failure to clear a corner.  As the half progressed both teams had chances.  Lyn Sommerville was having great joy on the right of midfield and Tara Donaghy was getting stuck in on every occassion.  Whilst the Mid Ulster girls had chances to extend their lead the Sion girls were also dangerous on the ball and it took some sound defending from Alexandra Lavery and Erin Mullholland and a couple of great saves from Jacqueline Burns to keep the game at 1-1 going into the break. The half time team talk was certainly an interesting one with Emma Mc "Taking a Chill Pill" and Clare & Elaine nearly fainting with laughter.  The second half started brightly for the home team with Jessica Stewart and Lyn Sommerville linking up well and Anna Donnelly pulling a shot just wide.  Further efforts followed from Lyn Sommerville and Mollie Young before Lyn Sommerville showed great persistence to beat 3 players and put Mid Ulster into the lead once more.  As the half progressed Mid Ulster tierd a little and it took some good defending from debutant Georgia Boyd to snuff out some dangerous attacks from the Sion left wing.  Sion continued to press and the teams drew level after a shot from the edge of the box trickled into the net.  As the Mid Ulster girls pushed for the winner Rachael Rodgers entered the game and she again showed no fear as she got stuck into her opposite number.  As the clock ran down Sion went on the attack again and a good move down the left resulted in a shot on target for Sion and as the final whistle sounded Sion ran out narrow winners 3-2 in a very high quality game.