Six goal thriller.

By · May 19, 2013 · Filed in Match Report
6 goal thriller as Mid Ulster share the spoils with Linfield Mid Ulster travelled to Belfast to play Linfield in the fourth game of the 2013 NIWFA league campaign.  Once again Womens football were second class citizens demoted to a substandard pitch whilst the first choice pitches were rested.  With Linfield playing down the hill and it really was a hill in the first half the home team wasted no time in putting the visitors under pressure.  An early shot hit the post and it was a warning of what was to come.  The talented Kirsty McGuinness was a threat every time she got on the ball and after 6 minutes she made space to fire home from the edge of the box. 1-0 to the home team.  Mid Ulster responded immediately and Louise Murphy pulled the game level a minute later finishing well from Samantha Kellys through ball.  The game was end to end and a great spectacle for the good crowd that was gathered.  Hannah Turkington and Lyn Sommerville were causing the Linfield defence problems with their pace but the final pass was just not forthcoming.  At the other end Linfield were always dangerous on the attack and Chloe Barnes was doing a great job at right back to suppress the threat.  Lisa Richardson deliveries from the left were a threat but the linfield back line were clearing well and able to break quickly.  One such break saw Kirsty McGuinness once again pick up the ball and neatly lift it over the oncoming Jacqueline Burns to make it 2-1 with 25 minutes played.  Once again Mid Ulster reacted to going behind and Louise Murphy and Chloe McCarron had shots just over.  The pressure was mounting and it was no surprise when Chloe McCarron worked some space on the edge of the box and struck a great first goal in the Mid Ulster colours.  Thats the left foot Nike Trainer ordered for Chloe.  Once again Samantha Kelly got the assist after showing great footwork and balance.   It was now Linfields turn to apply the pressure and Claire Rooney and Claire Brown had to show organisation and concentration to weather the storm.  Linfield hit the bar and tested Jacqueline Burn in the Mid Ulster goal but could not find a way through as the half time whistle sounded. The halftime team talk was overshadowed by reports of an alleged sighting of a flasher in the undergrowth wearing a bright orange top.  Rooney missed this as she had nipped off to answer a call at the time.
something lurking in the undergrowth??

something lurking in the undergrowth??

A special appearance by Rebecca “future Olympian” Edwards was much appreciated by the team.  Rebecca had rowed up to show some support for the Mid Ulster girls. Mid Ulster started the second half playing down the hill but the supposed advantage didn’t materialise and the early possession was all Linfield.  After 12 minutes the pressure told when a Chelsea Myles shot from the edge of the area dipped just under Jacqueline Burns bar.  Precision shooting or a little bit of luck, whichever it was it put Linfield back into the lead.  Once again Mid Ulster picked themselves up and pushed hard to get back into the game.  Aoife Curran was working hard holding the midfield to allow Chloe McCarron to push on. After all one trainer really is no use to anyone!   An early substitution saw Stacey Lee replace the hardworking Lyn Sommerville.  Good to see a return to football for Stacey after a season long hockey campaign with Ulster Elks.  A well worked short corner from the Mid Ulster girls nearly saw Claire Brown connect as the ball flashed across the face of goal.  A free kick from Chloe McCarron was just over as the Mid Ulster girls pushed on again.  Linfield were still a threat on the break and Jacqueline Burns had to be on her toes with a couple of smart stops.  Captain Claire Rooney was leading by example and got another sore face in her efforts to clear the danger.  Thankfully her stunning good looks were not affected and she was able to continue and as the clock ticked down Linfield must have thought the 3 points were theirs.  Mid Ulster had other ideas and good strength from Stacey Lee saw her win a free kick for Mid Ulster 25 yards out from the Linfield goal.  With the clock reading 47 played the girls knew it was the last chance.  Aoife Curran stepped forward and made no mistake as she claimed her first goal in the Mid Ulster colours also.  After the celebrations the game restarted and the final whistle sounded.  Probably a fair result after a cracking good match Linfield 3 Mid Ulster 3. This Wednesday Mid Ulster travel to Seaview to face league leaders Crusaders Strikers