Fermanagh feel the force of Mid Ulster

By · June 15, 2012 · Filed in Match Report
Fermanagh were the visitors to the Sports Arena on Monday night for the first of two Euro Electrix Premier league fixtures this week.  The game started with Mid Ulster on the attack and with something to prove after last weeks disappointing result against Crusaders.  Early possession was soon translated into a lead when Simone Magill showed great composure to run onto a through ball and take the ball around the Fermanagh number 1 to open the scoring after only 4 minutes.  A great start for the home team and although Fermanagh tried to reply Mid Ulster were still bossing possession.  After 12 minutes the lead was doubled with Simone Magill becoming provider and crossing a ball in that Ruth Brown met with a great header.  The ball came back off the post and once again Michelle Scott like a true striker was on hand to finish the rebound. Please excuse the match report for the first 12 minutes, Ma arrived late and her deputies had written a grand total of 2 lines so she had to use creative license (again). More pressure followed from the home team with the Fermanagh keeper making good stops from Michelle Scott and Simone Magill.  Fermanagh were still a threat and enjoyed a spell of pressure that required Claire Rooney and Claire Brown to be on their toes and keep things tight.  The Mid Ulster back line were playing their way out of trouble and on 30 mins a ball played back to keeper Jacqueline Burns saw her deliver a super ball forward to Simone Magill on the right wing.  A storming run and cross from Magill saw Michelle Scott take up a great position for a tap in and number 3 for the home team.  From the restart Mid Ulster regained possession and this time great work on the left hand side from Lisa Richardson and Samantha Kelly saw Michelle Scott feed Simone Magill but this time the Fermanagh Keeper was on her toes to make the save.  Chloe Barnes was next to have a strike but she was unlucky to see the ball drift narrowly wide.  On 35minutes Michelle Scott got her hat trick as once again Simone Magill fizzed in a cross from the right wing after good work by Ruth Brown and  Michelle ensured that the ball ended up in the back of the net. Mid Ulster were now on a roll and on the next attack Hayley O’Donnell played in Chloe Barnes whose shot was well blocked by the Fermanagh defence.  3 minutes later and Simone Magill doubled her tally for the night, running onto a Hayley O’Donnell ball and unleashing a great strike that rattled the back of the net.  Even though Fermanagh were 5-0 down they refused to lie down and indeed enjoyed a spell of pressure with Emma McFarland having to be on her toes to make a great clearance for the home team.  Fermanagh finished the half with a corner but Claire Rooney for Mid Ulster cleared up the danger. The second half kicked off with Fermanagh needing an early impact and that was exactly what they got.  Barely 20 seconds had been played when Fermanagh had the ball in the back of the Mid Ulster goal courtesy of Louise McFredrick. Mid Ulster were stunned by this fight back and immediately went about reinforcing their dominance.  After 7minutes their 5 goal advantage was restored with Michelle Scott making the run and cross and this time Simone Magill was on hand so she too could complete her hat trick.  What happened next was a bit confusing.  An injury to Simone Magill in the centre circle saw the game stopped so she could receive treatment.  Mid Ulster then sportingly agreed to kick the ball back to the Fermanagh Keeper and Chloe Barnes duly dispatched the ball. Unfortunately the Fermanagh keeper wasn’t on the same wavelength and watch as the ball trickled by her into the net.  The referee sticking to the laws of the game awarded the goal and from the restart Mid Ulster felt obliged to let the Fermanaghs  Clodagh Wilson score to leave the game 7-2 to the home team.  With all that out of the way the game got back on track and Mid Ulster made a change with Stacey Lee replacing Simone Magill.  Stacey Lee nearly made an immediate impact after some great interplay between herself and Samantha Kelly but the effort went just wide.  Fermanagh responded with an attack but Jacqueline Burns showed good hands to hold onto the shot.  Rebecca Edwards was next to get a run on with Claire Brown getting a well deserved break no doubt with Wednesday night match in mind.  More Mid Ulster pressure saw Ruth Brown and Samantha Kelly go close before a further spell of Fermanagh pressure requiring Jacqueline Burns to make two good saves.    Mid Ulster then upped their game yet again and Stacey Lee made a great break into the box and had a decent penalty shout turned down.  Fermanagh raced up the other end and looked to have pulled another one back before Claire Rooneys superb goal line clearance.  Mid Ulster made their final change on 31 minutes with Louise Murphy replacing Hayley O’Donnell.  Louise had an immediate impact releasing Stacey Lee who again had the Fermanagh defence on the back foot as she drove into the box.  This time the foul inside the area was blatant and the referee could do nothing but award the penalty.  

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Up stepped Samantha Kelly to cap another fine performance with a well placed penalty and make the score 8-2.  Fermanagh to their credit never gave up and they battled to the end but on 42 minutes a piece of composure from Ruth Brown saw her get her first of the night and Mid Ulster nineth to finish the game Mid Ulster 9 Fermanagh Mallards 2. Team: J Burns, C Rooney, C Brown (R Edwards) L Richardson, E McFarland, C Barnes, S Kelly, R Brown, H O’Donnell (L Murphy), S Magill (S Lee), M Scott. Subs not used : H Turkington, L Sommerville. News from the sideline.  This week we saw where the Browns got their football prowess as Tommy B showed off his football skills keeping a certain young man entertained for much of the game. Also beware of the latest Mid Ulster linesperson.  A wild women with a flag who got rather upstreperous at one point. After the match Emma McFarland showed her netball skills with a great catch for which Rooney was very thankful. more next week!!