Return to winning ways!!

By · July 25, 2012 · Filed in Match Report
Mid Ulster hosted Ballymena in the NIWFA Euro Electrix Premier League on Monday night past.  Ballymena were in search of points to push them up the league and Mid Ulster were hoping to get back to winning ways after two disappointing results last week.  It was also a sad occasion for the Mid Ulster girls as the game marked the final appearance this season for Summer Williams who heads back to the states this weekend. Mid Ulster started the game well and good persistence by Samantha Kelly saw her make space and unleash a shot that hit the base of the post and went just wide.  Mid Ulster enjoyed further pressure forcing a couple of early corners but the Ballymena defence held firm to clear their lines.  Chloe Barnes was making some good runs on the right wing and her link up play to Stacey Lee was causing all sorts of problems for Ballymena but the killer touch just wasn’t forthcoming.  As the game progressed Ballymena settled and created some chances of their own but Claire Rooney and Ruth Brown were keeping things tight at the back and calmly playing Mid Ulster out of trouble. Emma McFarland was always available for the overlap after she got over the shock of marking someone wearing even more fake tan than herself! Hayley O’Donnell set up midfield partner Summer Williams for a strike after 30 minutes but the rasping effort went just wide.  Mid Ulster were having some great spells of possession but they just couldn’t find the final ball and the sides went into the break level at 0-0. Mid Ulster started the second half well with an early corner which Ballymena cleared and promptly went up the field to win a corner of their own.  Claire Rooney was on hand to head clear and from the counter attack Stacey Lee charged down a clearance to make a half chance that Ballymena were relieved to see in the arms of their keeper.  Summer Williams treated the crowd to an American throw in (possibly the only aspect of Summers game that needs improvement!)  but the referee didn’t see anything wrong with it and thats all that matters.   Meanwhile on the sideline Emmas Dad had to thwart a pitch invasion that could have seen the match abandoned. With 59 minutes played Mid Ulster made a change with Lyn Sommerville replacing Louise Murphy.  The pattern of the game was similar to the first half with Mid Ulster dominating possession but Ballymena still dangerous on the counter.  A ball in to the back post would have caught out many a keeper but Jacqueline Burns made a great catch and sent the Mid Ulster girls on their way again.  More pressure from Mid Ulster saw Lisa Richardson and Samantha Kelly link up well before Samantha was couped.  The referee stopped his 43 watches to give the Ballymena offender an anatomy lesson and a yellow card before Claire Rooneys free kick brought a decent save out of the Ballymena number one.  It was going to take a moment of individual brilliance to make the break through in this game and eventually it did come.  With 68 minutes played Summer Williams picked up the ball in midfield, beat 3 Ballymena players before firing an unstoppable shot home from 25yards.  A perfect way to sign off her 2012 season for Mid Ulster.  The squad were lifted by this moment of magic and 2 minutes later Hayley O’Donnell played in Stacey Lee who finished well to make the score 2-0.  A double substitution for Mid Ulster saw sisters Rebecca and Abigail “squeaky boots” Edwards replace Chloe Barnes and Stacey Lee.  Mid Ulster had further efforts but the Ballymena goal was leading a charmed life.   A little bit of apprehension for the home supporters in the last 5 minutes when Ballymena sneaked a late goal but the Mid Ulster girls had the game under control and saw out the remaining 5 minutes to take the three points.  Final score Mid Ulster 2  Ballymena 1.

Rooney has a wee lie down

Team:  J Burns, L Richardson, E McFarland, C Rooney, R Brown, H O’Donnell, C Barnes (R Edwards), L Murphy (L Sommerville), S Williams, S Lee (A Edwards), S Kelly. After the game the girls bid an emotional farewell to Summer, we hope she enjoyed her Mid Ulster experience of Fish suppers, Hambags and the general madness.  We all wish Summer all the best for the future and hope to see her back next year.  A lovely young lady and a cracking footballer too!