Ups and downs in the league and cup for the Mid Ulster girls

By · July 15, 2014 · Filed in News
A busy spell of matches saw the Mid Ulster girls travel to Doagh to take on Crusaders Strikers in the league.  Mid Ulster started this game well and things were looking good for the visitors in the opening exchanges.  This was to change after 10 minutes when Nadine Murphy wasn't closed down 25 yards out and her strike looped over the retreating Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal.  4 minutes later and the home teams advantage was doubled this time Shannon Gratton took her chance well.  The Mid Ulster girls tried to respond and an Adele Gillespie header was just over.  On 33 minutes Crusaders struck once more with Lisa Armour on the scoresheet this time.  Mid Ulster nearly pulled one back before the break when Chloe McCarrons free kick hit the bar.  The second half saw a much improved performance from the Mid Ulster girls and Sarah Connolly and Chloe McCarron both went close.  On 77 minutes Mid Ulster got their reward with a well worked goal finished off clinically by Adele Gillespie.  A later Samantha Kelly effort had the Strikers scrambling but it went wide and any prospect of a comeback was thwarted. Final score Crusader Strikers 3  Mid Ulster 1.  Team J Burns, L Richardson, C Rooney, K Donnell, E McFarland, C Rees (L Murphy), C McCarron, A Smith (H Turkington), S Kelly, S Connolly (L Sommerville), A Gillespie.  Sub not used J McGurk.
team v Crusaders

team v Crusaders

Subsequently Mid Ulster were awarded the points for this game as Crusaders were found to have played an unregistered player. Next up was a Cup game away to Sion Swifts.  After an arduous journey through the mountains and different countries for some the Mid Ulster girls arrived in Strabane.  From the start the Mid Ulster girls knew this was going to be a tough encounter.  A youthful but strong and talented Sion side started brightly and took the initiative right from the kick off.  With only 1 minute on the clock Sion scored.  The goal looked suspiciously offside but the decision stood and the Mid Ulster girls had their work cut out for them.  Whilst the Mid Ulster girls were enjoying spells of possession they just couldn't find the final ball and the Sion keeper was relatively untested.  At the other end it was a different story and Claire Rooney and company were having a torrid time dealing with the pace of the Sion attack.  It was no real surprise when on 34 minutes Sion doubled their advantage with Lauren Brennan on the score sheet once again.  Mid Ulster coach Noel Mitchell was probably praying for the half time break to get his team reorganised but Sion pretty much wrapped up the game with 42 minutes played and the half ended with the home team 3-0 to the good. Changes to the line up and the formation in the second half saw the Mid Ulster girls give it a go but the pace of the Sion attack led to even more danger and when the fourth goal went in the Mid ulster girls knew it was not to be their night.  The Sion defence was proving difficult to break down and Mid Ulster just couldn't find a way back into the match.   An injury to Lisa Richardson saw Ma run for the bushes to come on as a late substitution in what was hopefully her first and last appearance this year.  A disappointing result for the Mid Ulster girls but well done to our opponents Sion Swifts and best of luck to them in the semi final v Newry. hambag in the shower Team:  J Burns, C Rooney, L Richardson (C Charles), K Donnell, E McFarland, C Rees (H Turkington), S Connolly (L Murphy), S Kelly, C McCarron, A Smith, A Gillespie. On the Wednesday night it was back to league duty and this time a trip to Dromore.  Perhaps the disappointment of the previous week had sharpened the minds but the Mid Ulster girls started this game on the front foot.  Lots of early pressure saw Sarah Connolly and Samantha Kelly go close.   The pressure was building but the visiting support were nervous, they had seen situations like this in the past were pressure hadn't been converted.  Louise Murphy was on hand to relieve the pressure when after 13 minutes she dispatched a shot from the left that would have beat any keeper.  Dromore tried to respond immediately but Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal was out quickly to clear.  Mid Ulster were still dominating but it was only a single goal and a second goal was needed to settle the nerves.  On 30 minutes the supporters thought they had it as Sarah Connolly stuck the ball in the net.  The referee harshly judged the effort to be offside, it was a close call.  Mid Ulster persevered and with 40 minutes played Lisa Richardson scored a cracker from the left very similar to the opening goal.  This certainly served to calm the girls and with 42 minutes played Sarah Connolly got the goal she deserved after great work from Samantha Kelly. With a 3 - 0 lead going into the second half Mid Ulster may have taken their foot off the gas momentarily as Dromore had a rare spell of pressure and nearly pulled one back with a header going just over.  Normal service was resumed moments later as Emma McFarland was provider and Sarah Connolly got her second of the evening.  Dromore were reeling and minutes later they could do nothing as Samantha Kelly danced her way past 3 players to score a great individual goal and make it 5-0 for the visitors.  Chloe Barnes then replaced the injured Alice Smith who had put in a hard shift in the middle of the park.  To be fair to Dromore they didn't give up and they enjoyed a spell of possession and some pressure for the next 10 minutes before the Mid Ulster attack struck again.  Samantha Kelly was upended in the box and our own wee Messi stepped up to take the penalty herself and bagged her second of the night.  Dana Bettany replaced Louise Murphy and Lyn Somerville replaced Emma McFarland.     Chloe McCarron had been pulling the strings in midfield all night and her free kick on 68 minutes was spilled by the Dromore no 1 with Adele Gillespie responding quickest to net the rebound.    Dana Bettany and Chloe McCarron saw efforts just off target before the final whistle sounded 7-0 to the visitors. Team J Burns, E McFarland ( L Somerville), C Rooney, L Richardson, C Rees, A Smith (C Barnes), L Murphy (D Bettany), C McCarron, S Kelly, A Gillespie, S Connolly.  Sub not used H Turkington.