Mid Ulster tame the Predators

By · May 29, 2014 · Filed in News
  Mid Ulster entertained Shankill Predators at the Mid Ulster sports arena in the Concentrix Premier League on Wednesday night. The game was kindly sponsored by Barry Kerr of BSK engineering and Uncle of U17 player Rachael Rodgers.
Rachael Rodgers accepting sponsorship from Barry Kerr BSK engineering

Rachael Rodgers accepting sponsorship from Barry Kerr BSK engineering

It was great to see Michelle Scott (registration form in hand) and daughter Lexi down to support the girls.  Lexi was showing her skills hopefully another lady for First Kicks in the future.   Mid Ulster started brightly with Samantha Kelly fuelled by Monster Munch having an early effort cleared off the Predators goal line.  The resulting corner also fell to Kelly but her shot was just over.  Predators responded well and Claire Rooney and Karen Donnell had to be smart at the back for Mid Ulster to thwart the Predators counter attacks.  More pressure followed from Mid Ulster but they couldn’t find the killer strike.  Adele Gillespies shot was well blocked by a last ditch tackle as Predators proved to be a tough defensive unit to break down.  Even when Mid Ulster did beat the defence the cross bar was proving to be equally hard to beat as Sarah Connolly found out with 19 minutes played.  The half continued with Mid Ulster bossing the majority of possession and the Predators number one was well positioned on a number of occasions to keep the game goal less.  Predators were also showing that they could be dangerous on the break although there was nothing to trouble Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal.
Lexi showing how its done.

Lexi showing how its done.

The second half started in the same pattern with Mid Ulster on the attack and Predators dangerous on the break.  Lisa Richardson and Samantha Kelly was seeing a lot of the ball on the left side of midfield and Samantha drew a couple of fouls before the referee was forced to reach for the first yellow card of the night.  Mid Ulster were then hit with a sucker punch as a Predators break saw their number 9 split the defence and lift a well placed lob over the onrushing Jacqueline Burns.  51 minutes played and the visitors were in front.  Mid Ulster made a substitution at this point and changed the formation with attacker Hannah Turkington replacing centre half Karen Donnell.  On 63 minutes the move paid dividends.  Sarah Connolly appeared to be upended in the penalty area but the penalty appeals were waved away and the ball broke to the edge of the box where Chloe McCarron made no mistake in firing home the equaliser.  Sarah Connolly was causing the Predators back line all kinds of headaches and moments later a high challenge on Connolly from Megan Wetherall ended Wetheralls participation in the game.  With Predators down to 10 Mid Ulster tried to use their advantage and on 77 minutes Emma McFarlands shot was spilled by the Predators number one and Cathy Rees was quickest to react to make it 2-1 to the home side.  A further substitution for Mid Ulster followed as Louise Murphy replaced Adele Gillespie.  Chloe McCarron was dominant in the middle with some great balls through to the front players.  Her midfield partner Alice Smith was keeping the considerable threat that was Billie Simpson quiet when Predators did get on the ball.   On 84 minutes Mid Ulster wrapped up the points as Sarah Connolly stole a metre to get her shot away to make the score 3-1.   Still feeling the effects of the earlier challenge Sarah was replaced by Lyn Sommerville.  The pace and freshness of the substitutes was causing the Predators defence all kinds of problems but they did threaten to take the gloss off the scoreline winning a late corner off Claire Rooneys hanbag clearance.  Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal was up to the task and came out well to punch clear and keep the 3-1 scoreline at the final whistle. Final Score Mid Ulster 3 Shankill Predators 1 Team J Burns, C Rooney, K Donnell (H Turkington), L Richardson, E McFarland, S Kelly, C Rees, C McCarron, A Smith, S Connolly (Lyn Sommerville), A Gillespie (L Murphy).