Futsal League

By · October 21, 2012 · Filed in Match Report
The Mid Ulster Juniors headed to Shankill leisure centre on the morning after the football dinner to take part in the U13 Futsal League.  With some of the girls having already been in Belfast at the Elite training that morning it showed the dedication of the girls that they were so enthusiastic to head back down to Belfast again.  Futsal is like a fast version of 5 aside and it aims to get the players thinking quickly and developing their skills and touch.  It was a great game with the speed and skill level suiting the Mid Ulster girls down to the ground.  The Crusaders team struggled to contain the passing and movement of the Mid Ulster girls and with Jessica Magee and Eimear McGarrity on fire the Mid Ulster girls roared into a 4-0 lead.  It wasnt all one way traffic and Kirsten Henry and Rachel Rodgers had work to do too but they were solid right through and if all else failed they could rely on the safe hands of Megan Ferson in goals behind them.  The game was fast and furious and with 15 mins each way it was a benefit that Mid Ulster could call on the super subs Annie McKenna, Sophie Magee, Lilie Crooks and Olivia Donnelly to add fresh impetus.  The game finished 6-2 to Mid Ulster what a great end to a super weekend.  Jessica Magee got 2 with Eimear McGarrity netting 4.

The Mid Ulster lightening bolts

Week 2 saw the Mid Ulster girls face a double header.  With a few players unavailable the girls were delighted to welcome Mollie Young back into the side.  First up was Lisburn girls and after going a goal down the Mid Ulster girls got into their stride to run out 4-1 winners with goals from Jessica Magee (2), Eimear McGarrity and Rachel Rodgers.

Buns all round!!

After a water break and a wee bun it was time to face Ballynahinch who were a tricky proposition.  The first half was tight with Ballynahinch piling on the pressure and taking the lead through an unfortunate own goal from Rachel Rodgers.  Rachel made up for this moments later when she took matters into her own hands driving through the middle before scoring to draw the teams level.  A further foray into the oppostions half yielded a further goal for Rachel as Mid Ulster took a short lived lead.  Ballynahinch upped their game and used their superior size and perhaps extra energy to draw level and then regain the advantage.  With the Mid Ulster girls starting to fade a little and Rachel Rodgers having to leave the game with an injury Ballynahinch turned the screw and Mid Ulster were on the end of their first defeat.  Disappointment was evident from the players but the coaches and parents were delighted and proud of two more great performances from the Mid Ulster Girls. Also a special word of thanks to Tommy The Mid Ulster Mascot for his great support!

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