Glentoran take the points

By · May 19, 2014 · Filed in News
Mid Ulster travelled to Billy Neil playing fields in Dundonald for their first away fixture of the NIWFA Concentrix Premier League. The opposition was last years league winners Glentoran Belfast Utd. A couple of enforced changes saw Ruth Bell return to the football pitch after a very successful hockey season and Hannah Turkington was also in the starting eleven for the first time this season. Mid Ulster started strongly and Cathy Rees was seeing a lot of the ball down the right wing. Chloe McCarron and Adele Gillespie were having to work hard in the middle of the park as they were up against an experienced array of current and past international players.
Mid Ulster line up to defend the corner.

Mid Ulster line up to defend the corner.

Although possession was even Glentoran showed an early glimpse of the threat they posed when after 6 minutes Demi Vance had a shot from distance that hit the cross bar. Mid Ulster were working hard and Jacqueline Burns was controlling her area well coming out smartly to clear on one occasion. Mid Ulster responded with some good play down the left wing from Lisa Richardson and Hannah Turkington and the pressure resulted in a free kick wide on the left. The ball broke to Ruth Bell but her snap shot lacked the power to trouble the Glentoran number one. Glentoran went straight back down the pitch and Demi Vance was on target once again but Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal produced a superb tip over the bar to ensure the game remained goal less. The half continued in the same manner with Mid Ulster standing firm to ensure they reached the break on level terms. Once again Mid Ulster began the half on the attack but the pressure was short lived and after 5 minutes Glentoran made the breakthrough with an unstoppable shot. Nadine Caldwell picked up the ball on the edge of the box and her shot was inch perfect to the top left hand corner to give the home team the advantage. This served to knock the stuffing out of the Mid Ulster girls and minutes later a wayward defensive header presented Rebecca Bassett with an opportunity which she struck well to make it 2-0 to the home team. Substitutions followed for both teams with Alice Smith replacing Hannah Turkington for Mid Ulster. Alice Smith looked lively and shortly after the change Sarah Connolly had an effort on goal but once again it was well held by the Glentoran number 1. Glentoran hadn’t finished just yet and were still dangerous with Claire Rooney and company kept busy in the Mid Ulster rear guard. On 22 minutes Glentoran wrapped up the three points when Kellie Baille showed great bravery to nod home after the initial effort was well saved by Jacqueline Burns. Mid Ulster made 2 further changes with Chloe Barnes replacing Emma McFarland and Louise Murphy replacing Ruth Bell. The visitors were still pressing right to the end but the Glentoran rear guard had no intention of surrendering their clean sheet and the game finished 3-0.