Fun day out in Armagh for Juniors

By · August 5, 2012 · Filed in Match Report, News
  The girlsMid Ulster Juniors travelled to Armagh on Saturday 4 August for the Armagh Boys & Girls Club Speers Cup 5 aside competition.  This was the first year of the tournament but it was superbly run and the girls were treated to a great day out.  Apart from the bouncy castles, face painting, Olympic competitions and other entertainment there was a lot of football and Mid Ulster had two teams competing.

Jackie in a spin

The group stages saw both teams play 5 games each coming up against opposition from Linfield, Carnmoney, Fivemiletown, Moneyslane, Armagh, Lurgan,  and Lisburn in these games.  The Mid Ulster Bees saw a number of debuts in Mid Ulster colours for girls that have come through Ruth Browns Score project work in the schools in the area.  This team was well under the age 11 limit and shows the great potential for the future.  With Briget Quinn and Rebecca Cullen sharing the task of doing goals, Olivia Donnelly and Andrea Falls were the last line of defence whilst Lilie Cullen and Annie McKenna led the attack.  The girls competed well and were unlucky not to make it out of the group but they had the added bonus of seeing team member Andrea Falls win the penalty shoot out competition for the Under 11s.

Penalty Queen Andrea receives her prize from Danielle McDowell

The second Mid Ulster team saw an experienced line up with Megan Ferson in goals, Rachel Rodgers and Kirsten Henry next in line with Jessica Magee, Eimear McGarrity and Sophie Magee spearheading the attack.  The girls performed sensationally well winning all their group games and not conceding a goal.  Jessica Magee scored an amazing 11 goals in the groups stages with Eimear McGarrity weighing in with 7.  Rachel Rodgers had 2, Kirsten Henry 3 and Sohpie Magee 1 with the entire team sharing the goal scoring and Megan Ferson keeping 5 clean sheets.  The drama however was yet to come as the girls took on Linfield in the semi final.  With a little bit of tension creeping into the performance the girls were held 1-1 at the end of the game having taken an early lead through Eimear McGarrity.   The game was then to be settled by 3 penalties each or sudden death.  .  Linfield put the early pressure on with an unstoppable penalty.  Rachel Rodgers took on the responsibility of going first and was so unlucky to see the ball come back off the post.  Megan Ferson then produced a superb save before Eimear McGarrity levelled the score at 1-1.  Linfield put their final penalty wide and then up stepped Jesscia Magee to bury her penalty and put the girls into the final.  After this drama the girls made the final against Moneyslane look like a walk in the park.  Eimear McGarrity scored a hat trick with Jessica Magee and Rachel Rodgers adding to the total for a comprehensive victory which saw the Mid Ulster girls lift the cup.

Rachel receives the cup