Cup news Seniors & Juniors

By · August 3, 2014 · Filed in News
After a disappointing league performance against Linfield last week the Mid Ulster girls turned their attention to cup duty with a semi final of the Mid Ulster League Cup against Valley Rangers. The trip to Kilkeel for the 7pm kick off proved to be the first difficulty the Mid Ulster girls encountered and the Mid Ulster girls started the game without a subs bench as 3 players were delayed in making it to the game. On a positive note it was great to see Aoife Curran make a return to action after a lengthy absence due to an injury picked up early in the season. Mid Ulster started the game well but their lower league opponents were going to be no pushover and their commitment and effort ensured that for all the Mid Ulster pressure there was no break through forthcoming. Valley were packing their defence and even when it was breached their keeper was more than capable to deal with anything Mid Ulster threw at her. A precautionary substitution for Mid Ulster just before half time saw Alice Smith (also returning from injury) make way for Samantha Kelly. With a couple of minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half Mid Ulster finally broke the deadlock. A poor back pass by Rangers was seized on by Sarah Connolly who calmly rounded the keeper to leave the Mid Ulster girls 1-0 up at the break.
The team members that actually made it for the huddle!

The team members that actually made it for the huddle!

The Valley Rangers side started the second half strongly and Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal had to be off her line smartly a couple of times to clear the danger after a relatively peaceful first half. After the early flurry Mid Ulster settled back into dominating possession and on 14 minutes Samantha Kelly broke through to put some daylight between the teams. The Mid Ulster girls were now starting to relax but Valley Rangers did not give up and it took some direct play by Captain Claire Rooney to make the next goal as her shot came back off the post but Hannah Turkington was on hand finish it off and make it 3-0 to the visitors. Chloe McCarron was next on scoresheet with a shot from distance and it was well deserved as she and her midfield partner Adele Gillespie had dictated the game. Substitutions for Mid Ulster followed with Emma McFarland replacing Chloe Barnes and Jessica McGurk replacing Hannah Turkington. The subs were involved straight away with Jessica McGurk finishing off a move down the right involving Emma McFarland and Cathy Rees to make it 5-0. A great shot from Lisa Richardson on the left side of mid field made it 6 before Sarah Connolly finished it all off with a seventh as the plucky Valley Rangers team ran out of steam. Having successfully navigated our way back from Kilkeel the Junior side of the club then headed back to Armagh early on Saturday for the Armagh Boys & Girls Club Speers Cup and Property Link shield. Unfortunately the weather was the only thing that the organising committee couldn’t control and it was a cold wet day for all the participants. As usual the tournament was superbly run and the girls and supporters all enjoyed the hospitality extended by the Armagh Boys & Girls Club committee and volunteers. On the pitch Mid Ulster had an U11 team comprised of Lilie Crooks, Aoife McKinless, Eimear Mallon, Niamh O’Donnell, Katie Conroy, Rebecca Cullen, Ellie Cullen and Bethany Brown. The girls played Carnmoney, Bangor and Armagh HC with a victory against Bangor and two narrow defeats in the other games.
Soaked but mostly happy!

Soaked but mostly happy!

The U13 girls got off to a great start against Ards, but then suffered a narrow defeat to Crusaders, however they picked themselves up to record two further victories against Lisburn and St Oliver Plunkett to tie at the top of the group with Crusaders. A play off against Crusaders was settled on penalties with the Mid Ulster girls winning a semi final spot against Ballynahinch. An enthralling semi final followed with Ballynahinch taking the lead before a great Jessica Magee equaliser. It was heartbreak for Mid Ulster as Ballynahinch scored with the last kick of the game to progress. The day was not over for the Mid Ulster girls as this saw them into the final of the Adair Cup where once again they faced Crusaders. There was no need for penalties this time as the girls ran out comfortable 4-0 winners to pick up the cup. Well done to Rachael Rodgers, Eimear McGarrity, Casey Howe, Jessica Magee, Annie O’Neill and Amy Frost.
u13s with the Adair Cup

u13s with the Adair Cup

A tricky trip to Shankill Predators in the league is next up for the Seniors this week and Sunday 17 August is the next big day for the Juniors as Mid Ulster host their own Junior Tournament.

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