3 Points gained in the rain.

By · April 30, 2015 · Filed in News
Mid Ulster visited Ballymena in their second game of the NIWFA Premier league campaign.  In stark contrast to the week before conditions were far from ideal cold and very wet, more like a Northern Irish summers night perhaps.
Myky and the specators

Myky and the specators

Perhaps still hurting from the previous weeks defeat the team started well and an early spell of pressure saw the Mid Ulster girls force 3 early corners after good pressure from Chloe McCarron and Hannah Turkington.  Sarah Connollys return to the team after injury was nearly to have an immediate impact but her header went just over the bar.  Ballymena began to get to grips with the conditions and a long ball through nearly caught out Mid Ulster keeper Jacqueline Burns but did earn the home team a corner.  Making up for the momentary lapse Burns claimed the corner confidently and set the Mid Ulster girls on the attack again.  Cathy Rees was enjoying some good possession on the right wing and Samantha Kelly went close with a shot.  Whilst Ballymena were dangerous on the counter attack Mid Ulster were dominating and Ballymena had the woodwork to thank for keeping the scores level when Cathy Rees shot hit the bar after good work from Aoife Curran.   Further chances fell to Samantha Kelly and Aoife Curran but the Ballymena No 1 was up to the task.  As the half wore on Ballymena had a great opportunity of their own winning a free kick on the edge of the Mid Ulster box but Claire Rooney was on hand to clear and relieve the danger.  Mid Ulster replied immediately and almost went into the break with the lead but once again the woodwork kept the ball out from Samantha Kellys free kick.  Two minutes before the half time break Mid Ulster were forced to make a substitution as Rachael Rodgers replaced the injured Emma McFarland in the back line.
team talk

team talk

Mid Ulster started the second half as they had finished the first and Chloe McCarron had a couple of efforts saved.  Some great link up play between Hannah Turkington, Sarah Connolly and Chloe McCarron produced yet another opening but once again the final touch eluded the Mid Ulster girls.  Ballymena were working hard but could find no way through the Mid Ulster rear guard and a shot from distance was all they could muster in the early part of the half.  Rachael Rodgers was showing maturity beyond her years and played a great ball down the wing to Cathy Rees who floated in a superb cross.  The ball eluded Sarah Connolly but Aoife Curran followed up and whilst her shot beat the keeper it needed the ever alert Connolly to tap it in and open the scoring with 60 minutes played.  Mid Ulster had further chances to extend the lead but Claire Rooney and Chloe McCarron saw efforts go narrowly wide.  Further substitutions saw Lyn Sommerville replace Cathy Rees and Mykylea Stewart replace Sarah Connolly for Mid Ulster as the conditions got very dark for both teams.  Ballymena appeared to adjust better to the lack of light and the final 15 minutes saw the home team enjoy a spell of sustained pressure.  The Mid Ulster rear guard were in control but it was a nervy time for the watching spectators given the conditions.  A late Ballymena shout for a handball in the area was ignored by the referee and Mid Ulster finished the game on the attack once more.  The final whistle sounded with Mid Ulster gaining a deserved 3 points.