Juniors end league campaign with a win

By · April 14, 2012 · Filed in Match Report, News
Mid Ulster Juniors had an early start on Saturday morning as they headed to Mossley to play Carnmoney in the final U15 League match of the season.  A 10am kick off meant a few bleary eyes on the bus especially for some who had been disco dancing half the night at the Rock.  Although it was a beautiful bright spring morning it certainly was still a fresh one and Stevie from Carnmoney was either very brave or just mad appearing out in a pair of shorts.  Meanwhile the Mid Ulster management team had woolly hats gloves and about 4 jumpers each.  Stevie must have been expecting the weather Mid Ulsters new Brazilian centre half Emeraldo McFarlandez had got judging by the tan she had. With the league already in the bag for Crusaders and no European spot up for grabs this really was a nothing fixture but both teams commitment from the kick off was unquestionable.  With only 6 minutes played Mid Ulster went down to 10 players when Lyn Sommerville required treatment after retreiving the ball for a throw in and coming off the worse of a slippy tarmac path.  It didnt seem to effect the rest of the team as Samantha Kelly opened the scoring with a shot from the edge of the box.  The game was end to end and Carnmoney replied within minutes when a slight defensive mix up (the only one of the game) let the Carnmoney striker through to draw the scores level.  Ma was being kept busy playing Nurse Maid as this time Tara Donaghy needed patching up and once again the Mid Ulster girls used their numerical disadvantage (work this one out Emma) to regain the lead.  Eden Lavery showed great skill to dance through the Carnmoney defence and make the score 2-1.  Mid Ulster had further chances but it took until the 29 minute for the girls to add to the score.  Lyn Sommerville picked up a great ball through from Emma McFarland and rifled an unstoppable shot to the back of the net to leave the Mid Ulster girls 3-1 up at half time. The second half started with Carnmoney fired up and the Mid Ulster back line was given a thorough examination.  As usual Alexandra Lavery was cool and collected always playing her way out of trouble.  Her defensive partner Emma McFarland was also creating attacking opportunities and with 13 minutes gone another great ball once again released Lyn Sommerville whose pace was too much for the Carnmoney defence and so the lead increased to 4-1.  Three minutes later and Mid Ulster were on the score sheet again.  This time another great ball out of defence from Erin Mullholland released Anna Donnelly who showed great persistence to create a chance which she tucked away.  Even though the Mid Ulster girls were 5-1 up Carnmoney were far from dejected and a period of pressure required a couple of excellent save from Tiffany Lindsay in the Mid Ulster goal.  Rachel Rodgers at left back was also having a super game linking up well with Eden Lavery and showing maturity well beyond her years.  Rachael Kelly in midfield formed a dynamic partnership with sister Samantha and she was having a great battle with her opposite number.  There was much to admire about both teams performances and the final goal of the game reflected the quality of the teamwork on show.  Rachel Rodgers won the ball at right back and released Eden Lavery who drove down the wing and played a great ball inside to Tara Donaghy.  Tara got her head up and unselfishly laid the ball off to Lyn Sommerville who made no mistake in claiming her hat trick and finishing the game with a scoreline of Carnmoney 1  Mid Ulster 6 Team Tiffany Lindsay, Rachel Rodgers, Erin Mullholland, Alexandra Lavery, Emma McFarland, Lyn Sommerville, Eden Lavery, Samantha Kelly, Rachael Kelly, Anna Donnelly, Tara Donaghy. To celebrate the girls hit KFC for some atheletes food?? and the playpark.

U15 team v Carnmoney

Well done to all the girls who played during the season with the U15.  Ma & Junkie have had some great entertainment, been deafened, learned to speak Spanish and witnessed some great performances both on and off the pitch.