U17s kick off with a win

By · November 3, 2013 · Filed in News
Sunday 3 November saw the start of the 2013 U17 league as Mid Ulster hosted Ballymena at the Mid Ulster sports arena. The Mid Ulster side boasted 4 International players with Jacqueline Burns in goal, Emma McFarland, Chloe McCarron and Sarah Connolly providing an experienced core to the side. A return to action for Georgia Boyd and starting roles for Chloe Bowden, Erin Mullholland and Lyn Sommerville were complimented with a number of the younger players coming through to take their places on the team. Rachel Rodgers and Mollie Young took the substantial step up from U13 junior league to complete the team. Even after a morning of county action for a number of the girls the game began at a fast pace. Some free flowing passing football was on display with both teams trying to pass their way into shooting positions. Mid Ulster were dominating possession but couldn't quite find a way past the Ballymena number one with Lyn Sommerville and Sarah Connolly having chances well saved. With 8minutes on the clock Mid Ulster made the breakthrough. An excellent pass from the busy Chloe McCarron was taken well by Lyn Sommerville who played the ball through to Sarah Connolly on the edge of the box. Sarah made some space and dispatched an unstoppable shot. !-0 to the home team. The half progressed with Mid ulster continuing to dominate but Ballymena were dangerous on the break and Emma McFarland marshalled her back line well to keep the scoreline as it was up to the half time whistle. Ballymena started the second half brightly and an early attack saw them gain a controversial equaliser when a very dodgy refereeing decision ( I am allowed to say this as I was the referee) saw Ballymena awarded a penalty. It later transpired that the Ballymena centre forward would have given Tom Daley a run for his money. Apologies to Chloe B you were right when you said you "didn't touch her". Anyway Jackie Burns was unlucky not to make the save and Ballymena were back in the game. This injustice served to spur on the Mid Ulster girls and as they pushed on once again they were awarded a free kick 30 yards out for a handball. Up stepped Chloe McCarron to despatch an inch perfect free kick to the top left hand corner. Even with tired legs both team were still working hard and Sarah Connolly wrapped the game up with a great persistent run and shot across the keeper that rolled in at the far post. An easier chance for Sarah followed but her finish went narrowly wide and as the final whistle sounded the Mid Ulster girls can be pleased with a 3-1 victory to start their league campaign.
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