Mid Ulster fall to YMCA

By · May 20, 2012 · Filed in Match Report
YMCA were the visitors to the Mid Ulster sports Arena in the 3rd game of the Euro Electrix NIWFA Premier League.  On yet another beautiful summers evening in May the game kicked off, complete with hailstones and bitterly cold wind.
YMCA were hoping to maintain their 100% record in the league and indeed they started strongly.  The early possession was all YM and although the Mid Ulster back line were busy Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goals did not have any saves to make.  A free kick on 13 minutes for the visitors went just over and this was followed by a number of corners in quick succession.  The danger was cleared in the first instance from a brave challenge from Emma McFarland and for the second one Jacqueline Burns showed good command of her area to take the ball at the front post. After this early pressure Mid Ulster started to get a foothold in the game and Samantha Kelly was again impressing on the left wing.  Persistence from Samantha saw her win the ball and a free kick as her bigger opposite number couldn’t win the ball back fairly.    We think Sams opposite number was just annoyed that Sam had got fed up giving her a piggy back for most of the game.  Another free kick for Mid Ulster saw a great delivery into the box from Hayley O’Donnell and Ruth Browns just couldn’t direct her header on target.   Mid Ulster buoyed by this attempt pressed on and a good ball through from Samantha Kelly to Abigail Edwards caught the striker narrowly offside.  Ruth Brown was caught giving the referee her number again.  Ma is not too sure what this was for, Ruth told him she was spoken for but he insisted. The game was a good hard physical contest now and both teams were creating opportunities and at one stage the spectators thought Monica Seles (very noisy tennis player for you younger ones) was on the pitch as Michelle breathed on her opposite number and she crashed to the ground. Abigail Edwards forced a half chance on the 40 minute mark but the YM keeper did well to gather the ball.  YM responded with an attack which led to free kick just outside the box.  Kendra McMullan was unlucky to see her shot rebound off the bar and Mykylea Stewart was on hand to clear the danger for Mid Ulster.  As half time approached YM had a corner cleared off the line and the watching crowd were relieved to see the ball finish up in Jacqueline Burns grasp. The second half started with Mid Ulster on the attack and Emma McFarland made a great overlapping run on the right to force an early corner.  YM cleared the danger and immediately won a corner of their own.  Jacqueline Burns gathered the ball well and sent the Mid Ulster girls on their way.  A sweeping move involving Samantha Kelly, and Lisa Richardson was slotted under the YM keeper by Michelle Scott to give the home team an early lead.  YM responded from the restart and an attack straight down the middle saw Jacqueline Burns and Ruth Brown clash as they went for the clearance.  The ball came back out kindly for YMs Nicole Fowley and she made no mistake in drawing the game level.  With the game evenly balanced YM were once again denied by the woodwork from a free kick.  Lisa Richardson was next to have a shot on target for Mid Ulster but the YM number 1 showed a safe pair of hands to keep the scores level.  YM were again applying pressure and a great tackle from Hayley O’Donnell showed the work ethic of the entire Mid Ulster squad.  This included Hambag & Adele who kept the crowd entertained with their re enactment of the marking applied to wee Sam.

Karen shows Adele what is meant by tight marking

  Claire Rooney and Claire Brown were keeping things tight for the Mid Ulster girls and a free kick won on the edge of the YM box gave Claire Rooney the opportunity to step forward.  A great strike followed but once again the woodwork got in the way.  The first substation of the game saw Rebecca Edwards replace sister Abigail and a slight reshuffle took place with Ruth Brown moving up front and Rebecca slotting into midfield.  Kendra McMullan who had been a threat all evening then gave the visitors the advantage as made a good run down the left side before cutting inside and striking an unstoppable shot to the net.  Mid Ulster suffered another blow moments later when Lisa Richardson had to leave the field due to an injury but it was great to see another member of the junior set up Lyn Sommerville make her senior debut.  Mid Ulster pushed players on to try to get something out of the game but on the 42nd minute the points were wrapped up for the visitors as Kendra McMullan buried a penalty awarded for a clumsy challenge in the box.  Disappointment for the home team but positive performances from a number of players and once again great to see the younger members of the squad perform so well. Team: J Burns, C Rooney, C Brown, M Stewart, E McFarland, R Brown, H O’Donnell, L Richardson (L Sommerville), S Kelly, A Edwards (R Edwards), M Scott. Subs not used: H Turkington, T Lindsay. Next up for the girls is a visit to Newbridge Predators on Wednesday 23 May Ormeau Park Belfast 7.30pm. Junior training has now started on Monday nights 6.30pm – 7.30pm for ages 6 -14 years at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena.  Congratulations to Simone Magill and the N.Ireland Womens team who claimed a 4-1 victory against Bulgaria on Saturday with our wee Sunnie scoring the first and setting up the second.