Mid Ulster continue winning run

By · July 1, 2012 · Filed in Match Report
After the weeks break for International duty Mid Ulster returned to action with a double header this week.  First up was a trip to Irvinestown to face Fermanagh Mallards in the Coca Cola Irish Cup.  With a few absentees and injuries it was a much changed line up that took to the field for Mid Ulster.  Making her debut for Mid Ulster was Summer Williams.  Summer is one of a group of American players from Atheletes in Action who are in N.Ireland with various  Premier League clubs for the next 6 weeks.  Fermanagh started the brighter, perhaps seeking revenge for the league defeat at Mid Ulster 2 weeks ago and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring with Louise McFredrick on target.  As the game progressed Mid Ulster settled into their stride and with Summer Williams proving to be a superb addition the Mid Ulster girls went on to win the match 4-1 with goals from Hayley O’Donnell, Chloe Barnes, Samantha Kelly and Stacey Lee.  To top a great night Summer was awarded player of the match.

Summer receives the player of the match award from Roy Cathcart IFA

Next up for the girls was a trip to Mallusk and a Euro Electrix Premier league fixture against managerless Linfield.  Mid Ulster suffered a blow even before the kick off with Captain Claire Rooney unable to start with a hamstring injury.  Luckily the experienced Mykylea Stewart was able to slot straight in. Mid Ulster got off to a blistering start when straight from the kick off Samantha Kelly fed a ball through to Simone Magill.  Simone showed great strength to power past her opposite number and unleash an unstoppable strike to the back of the net with only 40 seconds played.  Linfield were stunned but they went on the attack straight away but the resultant cross alluded everyone and the danger passed.  More pressure from Mid Ulster saw Summer Williams force a corner and minutes later Simone Magill was on the score sheet again.  With 4minutes on the clock Simone once again got the better of her opposite number and provided another unstoppable finish.    Linfield were stung and it served to fire them up but Mykylea Stewart and Claire Brown had things sorted at the back with Lisa Richardson and Emma McFarland providing great outlets for the counter attack.  Chloe Barnes was finding a lot of space on the right wing and between her Stacey Lee and  Simone Magill were a constant threat for the Linfield back line.  A free kick for the home team on the edge of the box provided a bit of a scare but Jacqueline Burns collected confidently even though she was fouled in the process.  As the half wore on Mid Ulster again started to boss possession and Samantha Kelly was denied an opportunity by a very generous free kick for handball and Simone Magill had a shot well held by the linfield keeper.  Hayley O’Donnell and Summer Williams both had shots on target with the latter’s effort needing tipped over by the Linfield no 1.  From the resultant corner Claire Brown had the ball in the net but the referee saw an infringement and awarded a free out.  This was to be the final action of the half and the Mid Ulster girls went into the break 2 goals to the good. Mid Ulster began the second half brightly but it was Linfield who had the first effort on goal, a shot just over.

storm clouds gathering!!

With 10minutes of the second half played the storm that had been causing floods all over Belfast decided to make its way to Mallusk.  Thunder, lightening and torrential rain followed and continued right through to the end of the game.  Unlike the European Championships the girls played through it all.  Mid Uster made a couple of early substitutions with Hannah Turkington replacing Chloe Barnes and shortly afterwards Abigail Edwards replacing Stacey Lee.  The rain and lying water was making playing conditions difficult but the standard of football was still high.  On the sidelines the supporters braved the threat of being struck by lightening by playing pass the umbrella and Noel was called a "drowned sheep" by someone who obviously never want s to play again!!    Luckily Stacey Lee had a huge umberella unluckily it was in her car which was in the top car park.  Thank goodness for Rooneys sister / mum as she ensured the match report could be completed.

oh no Ma has the umberella!!

  Jacqueline Burns was showing great handling even though she was petrified of the storm as Linfield fired in a number of long range efforts hoping perhaps to pick up a spillage.  On 23 minutes Mid Ulster wrapped up the points as Simone Magill eluded the puddles and some desperate challenges to grab her hat trick.  Louise Murphy then replaced Samantha Kelly and she went close with virtually her first touch of the game.  We say it was a cross but Louise maintains it was a shot.   Linfield still kept probing and Claire Brown had work to do before a great strike from a linfield player hit the bar.  Mid Ulster upped it again in the final minutes with Hayley O’Donnell having a strike and Abigail Edwards and Hannah Turkington seeing efforts go just wide.  With everyone well and truly drenched both teams were glad to hear the final whistle and another great result for the Mid Ulster girls.

pyjama party

Team:  J Burns, C Brown, M Stewart, L Richardson, E McFarland, S Kelly ( L Murphy), S Williams, H O’Donnell, C Barnes (H Turkington), S Lee (A Edwards), S Magill.  Subs not used R Edwards. This week sees another double header for the girls with YMCA visiting the Mid Ulster sports arena on Monday 2 July in the League cup and Mid Ulster making the trip to Drumahoe on Wednesday night to play the same team in the League. Juniors had another successful Saturday as they beat Cappagh Spurs 7-0 and drew 1-1 with Sion Swifts at youth sport Omagh on Saturday 30 June.  Well done to Megan Ferson, Eimear McGarrity, Rachel Rodgers, Kirsten Henry, Jessica Magee, Sophie Magee, Annie McKenna and Lillie Crooks on another great performance.