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First point on the board.

By · April 24, 2014 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on First point on the board.
The NIWFA Concentrix Premier league kicked off for the Mid Ulster girls with a home game against last years league runners up Crusaders Strikers. With the UTV cameras in place there were a few of the Mid Ulster girls with shinier boots than normal. Emma had her tattoo polished for the occasion and Samantha just didn’t believe it was all true.
The teams shake hands for the cameras!!

The teams shake hands for the cameras!!

Cathy Rees made her competitive debut for the Mid Ulster girls but this aside the line-up featured a number of regulars from the 2013 season. On a wet night at the sports arena both teams started a little hesitantly. Early pressure from Crusaders saw the first shot on target but Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal gathered comfortably. Mid Ulster responded with a Cathy Rees break and a good cross from Samantha Kelly that just alluded everyone. The visitors were enjoying good spells of possession and forced a number of corners but there were no clear cut opportunities for either side. A foul on Samantha Kelly 40 yards out offered a chance of a breakthrough but Chloe McCarrons strike went just wide of the post. Crusaders responded with an attack that yielded a free kick of their own but once again the effort did not threaten. Sarah Connolly gave the home crowd something to shout about when her shot on the turn had the Crusaders keeper scrambling to gather at the second attempt. Once again Crusaders responded with a Jessica Doran shot but once again it went well wide. Further pressure from Crusaders saw a free kick well held by Jacqueline Burns and Mid Ulster replied with a good break from Aoife Curran and Cathy Rees. As the half drew to a close Crusaders finally made the breakthrough as Amy Burden raced onto a ball over the top and calmly rounded Jacqueline Burns to leave the visitors 1 up at the half time break. The 2nd half followed a similar pattern to the first. Crusaders possession, good defensive play from Mid Ulster and dangerous counter attacks. An early corner from Crusaders swung in dangerously but Jacqueline Burns was in control of her area claiming confidently. Mid Ulster captain Clarie Rooney was unlucky to pick up a booking for a foul on the edge of the area but Alison Smiths free kick rebounded off the wall and Mid Ulster countered swiftly. Sarah Connolly was off like a rocket and showed great composure to round the keeper and draw the game level with 51 minutes played. Unfortunately Noels head blocked out the TV highlights of Sarahs goal but she made the news all the same. Mid Ulster buoyed by the equaliser nearly repeated this from the kick off but Crusaders were not going to be caught out a second time and got back well. Crusaders went on the attack again and a super run saw Amy Burden hit the byline. Her pull back was met by her team mate and took a magnificent reflex stop from Jacqueline Burns to keep the score level. Crusaders pressure was building and Claire Rooney, Emma McFarland and Karen Donnell had to be on their toes to deal with the attacks. With 74 mins played Mid Ulster made a change with Hannah Turkington replacing Cathy Rees and two changes for Crusaders also took place. The substitution appeared to unsettle Crusaders as they struggled to deal with Hannahs pace and this opened up opportunities across the pitch. Adele Gillespie and Lisa Richardson linked up well down the left and only a dubious offside decision prevented a goal scoring opportunity for the busy Samantha Kelly. An even more dubious penalty claim followed for Crusaders but the referee was having none of it. Thankfully the crowd were adhering to the Fifa Respect campaign and the biggest insult aimed at the referee was “you are Benevolent ref” The game suffered a stoppage as Crusaders lost the impressive Jessica Doran due to injury. After the restart Mid Ulster pressurised again with Lisa Richardson playing a good ball in but the Crusaders keeper was on her toes As the clock ran down Crusaders won another free on the edge of box but once again the Mid Ulster wall did it's job. From the defensive clearance Chloe McCarron had a great run and shot. The Crusaders no1 could only parry and Samantha Kelly ghosted in at the back post but a good covering tackle cleared the danger. The final action of the game fell to Crusaders as Amy Burden had a shot that the Mid Ulster supporters were relieved to see blaze over the bar. Back to the kitchen for a cup of tea and bun after a hard won point. Final Score Mid Ulster 1 Crusaders strikers 1 Team: J Burns, C Rooney, L Richardson, E McFarland, K Donnell, C Rees (H Turkington), A Curran, C McCarron, S Kelly, S Connolly, A Gillespie. Subs not used C Barnes, L Sommerville, A Smith. The club would like to wish Crusaders Jessica Doran a swift recovery from her injury.

First friendly for the Mid Ulster girls

By · March 3, 2014 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on First friendly for the Mid Ulster girls
Mid Ulster hosted Comber Rec in their first pre season friendly of 2014.  With a squad of 15 players available the Mid Ulster girls got a chance for a run out and for a few players to stake their claims for various positions.  The opposition proved to be a good test for the Mid Ulster girls and whilst they may play in a lower league their organisation and commitment meant that this would be no easy ride.  Mid Ulster started with a few new faces on the pitch with Tiffany Lindsay in goals for Jacqueline Burns who was on International duty.  The absence of Emma McFarland due to injury saw Chloe Barnes start at right back and then the familiar back line of Captain Claire Rooney, Aoife Curran and Lisa Richardson.  In the middle Chloe McCarron was partnered by new signing Alice Smith and another new face Cathy Rees started on the right wing.  Samantha Kelly completed the midfield lining out in her normal left wing position.  Up front Sarah Connolly and Adele Gillespie provided the striking partnership. Mid Ulster controlled the early stages of the game and whilst the playing surface didn't always allow for pretty football the Mid Ulster girls moved the ball around well.  Comber Recs number one was busy on a number of occasions as she kept the scores even for the first 20 minutes.  The Mid Ulster pressure eventually yielded a reward as Samantha Kelly popped up to open the scoring from the left wing.  The first substitution of the game paid dividends shortly thereafter as Hannah Turkington scored with her first touch after some good work by Adele Gillespie.  Two debutants got on the score sheet next.  Cathy Rees with a superb run and shot and then Alice Smith with a header from Chloe McCarrons corner.  A knock to Chloe Barnes saw Chloe Bowden take to the field but thankfully the substitution was just precautionary.  The second half saw Louise Murphy, Lyn Sommerville, Rachael Rodgers, Michaela McGuigan and Dana Suitor all take to the field and every one of them put in a good account of themselves.  Only one goal in this half and it went to Comber Rec but on the balance of play Mid Ulster should perhaps have done better.  A good start to the year and many thanks to Comber Rec for a good game.
Tell Ma to take a team photo and what do you get a rainbow!!!

Tell Ma to take a team photo and what do you get a rainbow!!!

Thanks to Elaine for refereeing and to Elaine & Roisin for the tea, sarnies and buns afterwards. Claire Browns half identical twin Ruth was their modelling the latest knitwear but Mas phone was flat so no pics...sorry

Futsal week 3

By · January 26, 2014 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on Futsal week 3
Another great day at the Futsal league. U11s didn't grab any goals this week but it was good to see Olivia  Donnelly and Lilie Crooks back in the team. Meanwhile Megan Neil, Eimear Mallon, Aoife McKinless & Niamh O'Donnell had brought the most awesome buns that they had all created, not forgetting Vicky's creations.  After the game we were all treated to these delights!.  There were fairy cakes with marshmallows, 15s, aero buns and malteser buns.  Needless to say Clare wasn't fit to eat her dinner. U13s were amazing again with Casey Howe scoring 4, Jessica Magee 1 and an own goal coming after great pressure from Eimear McGarrity. As usual Annie O'Neill and Megan Ferson kept things tight at the back and were rewarded with another clean sheet as the girls comprehensively beat a Lisburn team that were no pushover. A week off next weekend and the weekend of the 9 Feb the girls will play their final group game, a semi final and hopefully a final!

Futsal fun

By · January 19, 2014 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on Futsal fun
Week 1 of futsal in the Shankill was good but Week 2 was even better. On week one we got to enjoy the U11s showing their skill against Crusaders with Megan Neill scoring her first two competitive goals for the Mid Ulster girls.  She was ably assisted by Lilie Crooks, Rebecca Cullen, Niamh O'Donnell, Eimear Mallon and Aoife McKinless.  The younger girls were followed up by the U13 team who after going down to an early goal against Carnmoney ran out 7-1 winners. Goals from Eimear McGarrity (3) and 2 each for Casey Howe and Jessica Magee were built on the solid defending from Sophie Magee and excellent goalkeeping by Megan Ferson.  Buns were kindly provided by Vicky.
U13 week one

U13 week one

Week 2 saw an unchanged u11 team take on Cliftonville.  The girls were superb.  Megan Neil went one better than last week scoring a hat trick and Aoife McKinless and Rebecca Cullen also weighed in with a goal apiece.  Added to this Eimear Mallon and Niamh O'Donnell shared the goal keeping duties and kept a clean sheet against a very good Cliftonville side. The U13s were missing the Magee sisters this week but were glad to welcome back Annie O'Neill and were indebted to Molly Muldoon (on loan from Dungannon) to complete the team this week.  The girls took on a strong Albert foundry team and Mid Ulster opened the scoring through Casey Howe.  AF were quick to reply and at half time the scores were level.  Mid Ulster started the second half brightly and Casey Howe was on target once again to ease Mid Ulster into the lead.  Once again AF replied instantly and the game was level once again.  In a tight game both keepers pulled off great saves with Megan Ferson getting down smartly to her right to stop a certain goal.  Inspired by this Mid Ulster pushed on and with 1 minute left to play Casey Howe produced another moment of magic to push Mid Ulster into the lead once again.  For the final minute it was all hands to the defensive wheel and AF couldn't find a way through.  The final whistle brought relief and delight to all the Mid Ulster players and supporters. Ma provided buns and Eimears sugar tastic Ricekrispie Marshmallow and white chocolate creations were delightful too.
The week 2 crew

The week 2 crew

   

U17s enjoy another good performance

By · December 15, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on U17s enjoy another good performance
The U17 team travelled to West Belfast on Sunday 15 Dec to take on CSP in the U17 league.  A number of regulars were missing due to injury and unavailability but the 9 girls who travelled were more than up for the task.  A spirited but inexperienced CSP were under pressure right from the off but a combination of the bar and rusty finishing kept the game scoreless until the 11th minute.  It took some route one football to open the scoring as Jacqueline Burns kick out bounced through the CSP defence and brushed off their keeper into the net.  First goal of the season for our Jackie.  More pressure followed from Mid Ulster and Mollie Young went close but CSP stood firm and it was the 20th minute before Anna Donnelly doubled the lead for the visitors.  This served to open the flood gates and now buoyed with confidence Lyn Sommerville fired home number 3 from wide on the right.  As the half drew to a close Chloe McCarron struck a trademark scorcher from 25 yards to leave the visitors with a comfortable 4-0 lead at half time. The second half was once again dominated by Mid Ulster but CSP had their moments and Jackie Burns had to change back from striker to goalkeeper which she did equally well.  With 3 at the back Chloe Bowden was marshalling the back line and at every opportunity Rachel Kelly and Rachael Rodgers were posing a threat down the wings in addition to their defensive duties.  Samantha Kelly had taken a bit of stick at half time about her lack of goals and boy did she make her tormentors eat their words.  A switch of wings saw Sam score 5 times in the half to round off a comprehensive 9-0 victory and even the torrential icy rain couldn't take the shine off the performance. Some of the girls were so pleased they even did a wee dance, click the link to view http://www.jibjab.com/view/HwOhPFVgYLotq2KXt1fG

U13s have a great day out at Belfast Cup

By · December 9, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on U13s have a great day out at Belfast Cup
The U13 team recently travelled to Shankill Leisure Centre to participate in the Belfast Cup.  With 19 teams in the indoor competition the girls knew they were going to have to be at their best to even get out of their group.  Fuelled by cookies, shortbread and cup cakes the Mid Ulster girls went through their group unbeaten which was no mean feat.  A hard fought 2-0 opener against a very big strong Ards team (scorers were Eimear and Casey) was followed by an impressive 3-1 win against SOP (scorers Eimear (2), Jessica.  The group winner was to be decided in the last match against Glentoran.  Mid Ulster needed to win as a draw would see Glentoran through on goal difference.  Mid Ulster approached the game with a positive attitude and they were on the attack right from the off.  The Glentoran no 1 was having an inspired game making a number of super saves.  It was going to take something special to break the deadlock and the special moment game when Jessica Magee won a penalty after a bit of manhandling from one of the Glentoran defenders.  Jessica was on a mission and took the ball and struck a sweet penalty into the bottom left hand corner.  This was enough to see the Mid Ulster girls deservedly through to the semi final. u13 belfast cup team Crusaders were the opponents in the semi final and whether or not it was just one piece of confectionary too far the Mid Ulster girls were beaten 3-0.  It was no surprise then that Crusaders went ahead and won the final beating Ballynahinch 2-1.     A great day was had by all and the girls are now looking forward to the Futsal league in January.
relaxing in between games

relaxing in between games

U17s winning run continues

By · November 17, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on U17s winning run continues
U17 League Mid Ulster U17s hosted Lisburn in their second game of the winter league on Sunday afternoon at the Mid Ulster Sports arena. Mid Ulster started the game brightly and indeed dominated the early possession requiring the Lisburn no 1 to pull off a number of good saves. The pressure on the Lisburn goal was relentless and it was no more than the home team deserved when Mollie Young was on hand to open the scoring with her first goal of the season. Lisburn tried to reply swiftly but Emma McFarland who still wasn't sure what pitch we were playing on and Tara Donaghy were proving a hard pairing to get past. Nine minutes later Mid Ulster doubled their lead when Sarah Connolly got her first of the game directly from a great Mid ulster goal kick. Four minutes later Mid Ulster Keeper Jacqueline Burns once again claimed an assist as her superb kicking sent Sarah Connolly through once again to make the score 3-0. Lisburn battled on bravely but Mid Ulster were having great joy down the wings with Lyn Sommerville and Samantha Kelly. With 30 minutes of the half played Lyn Sommerville fizzed a cross in from the right and once again Sarah Connolly was on hand to grab her hat trick. The final minute of the half saw Mid Ulster awarded a free kick in a central position about 30 yards out. Chloe McCarrons strike beat everyone except the top corner of the crossbar but as the ball came down Sarah Connolly was on hand to nod the ball home and finish the half 5-0 to the home team. Lisburn regrouped at half time and enjoyed some early possession but the Mid Ulster girls were not intent on resting on their first half exploits. Rachel Rodgers and Rachael Kelly were showing how wing backs should be playing with great overlapping runs and crosses for the Mid Ulster girls to attack. In between all that Rachel R still managed to tie her laces 32 times!.  Anna Donnelly was working hard in the midfield area winning the ball and providing the opportunity for Chloe McCarron to push forward. Chloe McCarron was proving a torment to the Lisburn girls, with her pinpoint passing and direct approach. With 5 minutes of the half played she once again showed what a threat she is with a rasping shot to extend the Mid Ulster advantage to 6. Minutes later Chloe was on the score sheet again with another shot from distance and although the Lisburn keeper got to the ball she just couldn’t keep it out. Mid Ulster heads were up once again and on 12 minutes Samantha Kelly got in on the scoring act with a great run and shot to make it 8-0. To be fair to Lisburn they stuck to their task and as the half wore on they were rewarded winning a couple of corners in succession. The end result however was not forthcoming and the Mid Ulster girls were determined to finish the game with a clean sheet. Just to put the icing on the cake Sarah Connolly popped up again to add another to her tally and round off a great result for the Mid Ulster girls. Mid Ulster 9 Lisburn 0 Team: J Burns, E McFarland, R Kelly, R Rodgers, T Donaghy, C McCarron (2), S Kelly (1), L Sommerville, A Donnelly, M Young (1), S Connolly (5)

Juniors have a fun day at Moyola tournament

By · September 8, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on Juniors have a fun day at Moyola tournament
Mid Ulster took a very young U14 and even younger u12 team to the Moyola world cup event on Sunday 8 Sept.  The U12 were up against some very strong teams from Lisburn, Carnmoney and Crusaders and gave a good account of themselves.  With Sophie Magee captaining the side the team was completed by Olivia Donnelly, Aoife McKinnless, Lilie Crooks and Andrea Falls.  With the oldest of these girls being 11 and the youngest 8 it was plain to see that this is a group to look out for in the future.
juniors at moyola

juniors at moyola

The U14 team again well within the age bracket went even better starting their fixtures with a 5-0 victory against Carnmoney a Eimear McGarrity hat trick  and 2 from Casey Howe securing the victory.  Next up was a tight game against Lisburn and superb defensive work from Jessica Magee and goalkeeper Megan Ferson kept the game scoreless until late on when Lisburn scored two good goals to take the victory.  The next game followed against a strong Crusaders side and although Crues took an early lead but Casey Howe was on hand to score a superb leveller.  Mid Ulster pushed hard for a winner with Jessica Falls working hard up front but it was not to be and it was heartbreak for the girls when Crues snatched a winner. The final game of the day was against the hosts Moyola and even though it was the third game in a row for the Mid Ulster girls they did not show any signs of fatigue.  Jessica Magee pushed forward for this one and grabbed two goals with Casey Howe grabbing a further two and hitting the post twice.  To round it off Annie O'Neill in her first game for the club rounded off an excellent performance with the fifth goal of the game.
Casey with the Penalty shoot out trophy

Casey with the Penalty shoot out trophy

All the girls enjoyed the bouncy castles and BBQ and the U14s also managed to bag a trophy as they took top prize for the penalty competition.

Another week of mixed fortunes for the girls

By · August 25, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on Another week of mixed fortunes for the girls
Another busy week for the Mid Ulster girls began with a Coca Cola cup Semi Final against Crusaders Strikers at Moyola Park on Monday night.  The Mid Ulster girls went into the game full of confidence after last weeks good performance against league champions Glentoran.  Crusaders however were aiming to make up for relinquishing their league title and the early exchanges saw a number of chances created by the Belfast side.  Jessica Doran had an early shot just off target and shortly afterwards Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal had to get down well at the right post to stop Clare Carsons effort from opening the scoring.  A slight reprieve from the pressure came for  Mid Ulster when good persistence from Sarah Connolly won the first corner of the game.  The effort came to nothing and Crusaders broke and drew another fine save from Jacqueline Burns this time to her left.  The game was now end to end with Mid Ulster pressing well through Sarah Connolly and Claire Brown but moments later Crusaders were back on the attack winning a free on the edge of the box.  The Mid Ulster wall stood firm and Jacqueline Burns once again gathered the second shot confidently.  Having survived this early pressure Mid Ulster started to get into the game and Adele Gillespies through ball for Sarah Connolly was just over hit.  Another attack from the front pairing saw Adele Gillespie win a corner at the near post after Connollys cross.  All the time Crusaders were a threat and Lisa Richardson had to use all her experience to tidy up the counter from this attack.  In the midfield area Hayley O’Donnell linked up well with Claire Brown to win another Mid Ulster corner and from the clearance Chloe McCarrons shot had Angela Platt in the Crusaders goal scrambling to gather.  Claire Brown was having a lot of joy down the right wing but unfortunately for Mid Ulster they just couldn’t seem to find the final ball.  Crusaders were always a threat in possession and Jacqueline Burns had to be off her line smartly on two occasions to keep the game goal less.  Aoife Curran and Emma McFarland were being kept busy and a fair but physical encounter saw neither team giving an inch.  Perhaps Mid Ulsters best chance of the half came after a Crusaders corner was picked up by Claire Rooney who delivered a great through ball to the tireless Sarah Connolly.  With a defender bearing down on her and the keeper rushing out Sarah placed the ball inches wide and still the stalemate remained until the half time whistle.
Don't cry over it!

Don't cry over it!

The second half saw a spirited start from Mid Ulster and an early free kick 30 yards out was on target but didn’t trouble the Crusaders no 1.  Lisa Richardson and Samantha Kelly were linking up well on the left wing but still the finishing touch was evading the Mid Ulster girls.  Crusaders upped their game once again and stout defensive work was required with Captain Claire Rooney leading by example and even left winger Samantha Kelly showing how to make a tackle.  A number of Crusaders chances came and went with Danielle McDowell and Lindsay Patterson seeing efforts go wide.  On 73minutes Mid Ulster made a double substitution with Ruth Bell replacing Claire Brown and Stacey Lee on for Samantha Kelly.  Ruth Bell got involved from the off winning a free kick but once again no clear opportunity came about.  As normal time came to a close Crusaders looked to sneak a late winner but Jacqueline Burns maintained her fine form right to the full time whistle with yet another fine clearance. So with the teams even after 90 the game went into extra time.  Crusaders made a change and the first period got under way.  After a great run by Chloe McCarron Crusaders retained possession and went on the break.  Crusaders  substitute  Amy Burden had a super strike tipped onto the bar by Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal but  quickest to the rebound was her team mate to open the scoring. As the sides changed ends Mid Ulster made their final substitution bringing on Hannah Turkington for Emma McFarland as they went all out to get back into the game.  With only 3 at the back Claire Rooney was called on to clear as the Mid Ulster girls tried to use Hannah Turkingtons pace to create an opportunity.  Crusaders held firm and took advantage of the space being left with Amy Burden breaking and finishing well from a tight angle to all but wrap the game up for Crusaders.  Mid Ulster battled bravely to the final whistle but it was yet another semi final disappointment for the Mid Ulster girls. Team: J Burns, E McFarland (H Turkington), C Rooney, A Curran, L Richardson, C Brown (R Bell), S Kelly (S Lee), H O’Donnell, C McCarron, S Connolly, A Gillespie.  Subs not used L Sommerville, C Bowden, K Donnell. One consolation was that Jacqueline Burns was deservedly awarded player of the match.
Jacqueline Burns receiving her player of the match award from Roy Cathcart IFA

Jacqueline Burns receiving her player of the match award from Roy Cathcart IFA

It was back to league action on Wednesday night at the Mid Ulster sports arena as Mid Ulster hosted Newbridge Predators.  Although technically neither team had anything to play for there was always the opportunity for Mid Ulster to enhance their final league position.  Predators started the better of the two teams with Jacqueline Burns having to clear an early corner before the Mid Ulster girls settled into their stride.  Hayley O’Donnell started the ball rolling with a great through ball to Samantha Kelly who was narrowly given offside.  This was the catalyst for some Mid Ulster pressure with Lisa Richardson playing in Sarah Connolly whose shot was well blocked by the Predators back line.  Hayley O’Donnell then provided opportunities for Lisa Richardson and Samantha Kelly but good goalkeeping and defensive play kept the game goalless.  Even with all the Mid Ulster pressure Predators were still a threat on the break and Jacqueline Burns had to make a good save from a Predators strike on 11minutes.  Sarah Connolly was working hard up front and great persistence saw her nearly sneak a goal from a ball that really should have been dealt with by the Preds number 1.  On 19 minutes Samantha Kelly hit the bar and minutes later she did exactly the same thing again.  Thankfully this time the ball dropped to Sarah Connolly who turned well and opened the scoring with 21 minutes on the clock.  This gave Mid Ulster a boost and further pressure followed with Ruth Bell getting involved and Adele Gillespie just being beaten to the ball by the Predators keeper.  Sarah Connolly was chasing everything and once again her persistence was rewarded on 26 minutes when she charged down a clearance straight into the Predators goal doubling her tally for the night.  Predators responded well with an opportunity of their own as Megan Wetherall again drew a decent save from Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal.  After this scare Sarah Connolly began to terrorise the Predators back line once more and a good delivery from a Lisa Richardson free saw Sarah spin into the space and finish well to make it 3-0 with 31 played. Yet another hat trick for the prolific Miss Connolly.   Mid Ulster were rampant with Chloe McCarrons free going just wide and Samantha Kelly showing great strength and winning a number of frees on the left wing.  As the half drew to a close Preds hit back with a great shot from distance from Shannon Gratton sneaking under the bar leaving the half time score Mid Ulster 3 Predators 1. Mid Ulster stated the second half well with Sarah Connolly going close once more after good work from Adele Gillespie.  Next up it was Chloe McCarron provider and Adele Gillespie had the chance but once again there was no finishing touch.  With Predators living dangerously Mid Ulster made their first substitution as Chloe Bowden replaced Ruth Bell.  Having weathered the early storm Predators had a snap shot of their own and Jaqueline Burns showed good hands to gather.  A further substitution saw Samantha Kelly replaced after a sore challenge and Stacy Lee took over the left wing position.  With changes made Mid Ulster went on the attack again, Emma McFarland the provider this time with a good run and ball to Chloe McCarron who finished well to make it 4-1.   The final Mid Ulster substitution saw Hannah Turkington replace Aoife Curran and the action resumed once more.  With 50 minutes played Mid Ulster extended their lead once more as Adele Gillespie followed up Sarah Connollys saved shot to make the score 5-1.  Predators were not deterred and on a rare foray forward Shannon Gratten struck again to reduce the deficit and make the score 5-2.  Mid Ulster responded well and once again Sarah Connollys persistence saw her grab her fourth goal to make it 6-2 to the home team.  Once again however Predators responded and another super strike from distance saw Billie Simpson make the score 6-3.  Chloe Bowden was getting stuck into her defensive role and was having a great tussle with her opposite number.  With 83 minutes on the clock Stacey Lee got on the scoresheet with Sarah Connolly the provider this time.  As the clock ran down Mid Ulster weren’t finished and Hayley O’Donnell played Sarah Connolly through but the Predators substitute keeper pulled off a great save.  Next up was Hannah Turkington with a super run down the right wing and shot across goals to make the score 8-3.  Finishing as she had started Sarah Connolly was on target once again and with 90 minutes on the clock she made the final score Mid Ulster 9 Predators 3. Team: J Burns, C Rooney, A Curran (H Turkington), E McFarland, L Richardson, R Brown (C Bowden), S Kelly (S Lee), H O’Donnell, C McCarron, A Gillespie, S Connolly. Subs not used L Sommerville As the season draws to a close the club would like to wish Hayley O’Donnell all the best as she heads back to university in England after a great season with the Mid Ulster girls. Good wishes also to Goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns and centre half Aoife Curran as they head to Malta with the N.Ireland U19 squad this Tuesday.

Busy week for the Mid Ulster girls

By · August 18, 2013 · Filed in Match Report · Comments Off on Busy week for the Mid Ulster girls
Busy week for Mid Ulster After a long break for the Mid Ulster girls it was back to domestic duties for one and all with a cup semi final against Dromore and a league fixture against newly crowned Premier League champions Glentoran Belfast Utd. Tuesday night saw the Mid Ulster team travel to Dromore to take on the home team in the semi final of the Mid Ulster cup.  Having already knocked Dromore out of the Coca Cola Cup, Mid Ulster were confident that they could reach their first final of the season.  A strong Mid Ulster line up took to the pitch and from the kick off the visitors were very much in control.  Dromore however had done their homework and where prepared to sit deep and soak up the pressure, but using their pacey lone striker on the counter attack. Early exchanges saw Chloe McCarron and Sarah Connolly linking up well but the Dromore number one was well positioned to be first to the through ball.  Mid Ulster were enjoying a lot of pressure down the right hand side with sisters Claire Brown and Ruth Bell linking up with Adele Gillespie but as before the Dromore keeper was on hand to tidy up. Dromore then enjoyed a welcome reprieve as they won a free kick on the edge of the box but the resultant effort came to nothing.  From this Mid Ulster went on the attack again with Samantha Kellys cross from the left appearing to have hit an arm but the decision wasn’t given and play continued.  Hayley O’Donnell was busy in the midfield area and a great through ball was just too long for Ruth Bell.  As the half wore on Dromore got a foothold in the game and another free kick and then a short back pass saw Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal called into action and she dealt with them both competently.  Mid Ulster responded with more attacks from Sarah Connolly and Samantha Kelly but a breakthrough was not forthcoming.  At the other end a break from Dromore looked threatening but Claire Rooney was on hand to make a superbly timed tackle to clear the danger.  Mid Ulster were pushing hard for the breakthrough with even centre half Aoife Curran pushing forward and she was unlucky to see her effort go just over the bar. The second half started as the first had finished with Mid Ulster on the attack and this was once again the pattern for the half.  Dromore had their chances too and whilst they were not as plentiful they had one that looked more straightforward only for the ball to be blasted over the bar.  Sarah Connolly was getting plenty of service but space was difficult to find and the Dromore players were closing down superbly.  The gathered Mid Ulster spectators thought it was a matter of time but time was running out and before they knew it the final whistle had sounded and it was into extra time.  Once again in extra time Mid Ulster continued to create and Ruth Bell so nearly broke the deadlock as her shot hit the bar.  Maybe this was to be a sign that the luck was not with Mid Ulster and as the final whistle sounded the game came down to penalties. 5 brave individuals from each team stepped up and 3 penalties were saved.  Unfortunately for the Mid Ulster girls 2 of theirs were saved and Dromore progressed to the final winning 5-4 on penalties.  The club wishes them well in the final. Team: J Burns, C Rooney, C Brown, L Richardson, A Curran, H O’Donnell, C McCarron, S Kelly, R Bell, S Connolly, A Gillespie.  Subs not used: C Barnes, C Bowden, K Donnell, H Turkington, S Lee, E McFarland.   After the disappointment and the physical exertion of Tuesday night it took a great effort for the Mid Ulster girls to raise their game on Thursday night for a visit to the Oval and league encounter with Premier League Champions Glentoran Belfast Utd.  With Glentoran unbeaten this season so far the girls knew this was going to be another toughie.  The same team took to the pitch with everyone up for the challenge and hiding their sore limbs with enthusiasm. Mid Ulster started well and they dominated the early possession with Chloe McCarron and Hayley O’Donnell winning everything in the middle of the park.  The only downside was when Ma sat on the chairs outside of the dugouts and found out that they were a little bit damp.  An early attack saw Chloe McCarron play Adele Gillespie through and forced a hurried clearance from the Glentoran back line.  Moments later Sarah Connolly had a half chance cleared only for Chloe McCarron to follow up with a shot just over.  Glentoran though under the cosh were still a threat and the Mid Ulster back line had to use all their skill and experience to keep their goal intact but still provide and attacking option.  Claire Brown was once again linking up well with sister Ruth on the right hand side and although the formidable Kellie Bailie was at left back for Glentoran was proving hard to beat Ruth managed a couple of menacing crosses from this side.  Even with all the possession Mid Ulster were finding it difficult to make a breakthrough and they nearly paid the price when Glentoran had a break midway through the half.   Luckily for the visitors captain Claire Rooney was on hand to clear the danger with a great clearing tackle.  Glentoran had their heads up now and a spell of pressure saw them win two free kicks on the edge of the box.  The first of these went harmlessly over and the wall did its job to stop the second one.  Mid Ulster upped the gears again and Hayley O’Donnell was showing why she was the Concentrix Premier league player of the month for June with some great work in midfield.  Her ball through to Sarah Connolly saw the Glentoran keeper take two attempts to gather the shot.   Aoife Curran was also getting in on the act and her ball through just caught Samantha Kelly in an offside position.  Further pressure from saw the half finish with a Mid Ulster corner and even though Lisa Richardson followed up well the half ended scoreless. Glentoran started the second half brightly and an early chance stamped their intentions.  Mid Ulster countered well and from Ruth Bells cross Adele Gillespie won a free kick on the edge of the box.  Up stepped Lisa Richardson and she was unlucky to see her shot go just over the crossbar.  Samantha Kelly was making good headway down the left wing and a good ball to Adele Gillespie once again required Kellie Baillie to make a clearing tackle.  Ruth Bell was even having time to display some little flicks and touches that apparently David had taught her.  (inside information from Hambag).  Back to the game and Sarah Connollys persistence won a Mid Ulster corner which was cleared only as far as Aoife Curran whose shot was well over.  It was then straight up the other end and Glentoran had a corner of their own.  A bit of a scramble in the box ensued but the ball ended up in the hands of Mid Ulster number one Jacqueline Burns.  On 26minutes the breakthrough came.  Adele Gillespie sent Samantha Kelly through.  Her shot from the left across the keeper struck the base of the post but following up for Mid Ulster was Sarah Connolly who made no mistake in striking the ball to the net.  1-0 to the Mid Ulster girls. sarah scoring woo hoo Glentoran responded immediately and Jacqueline Burns had to be quick and brave to close a great through ball.  Jacqueline took a sore one but the danger was averted and thankfully Jacqueline was able to continue.  As the half wore on the rain started to come down and the pace of the game intensified with the ball zipping around the wet surface.  Also Mas book got wet and she couldnt write any more hence why the match report gets very creative from now on.  Glentoran were pressing and indeed the Mid Ulster girls had the woodwork to thank on two occasions for keeping them in front.   On 34 minutes Kellie Baillie approached menacingly into the Mid Ulster final third and delivered a cross / shot from the left that dipped agonisingly for the visitors under the bar to level the scores.  The final 10 minutes saw both  teams search for the winner but it was not forthcoming.  Even the introduction of Hannah Turkington and Stacey Lee for the Mid Ulster girls couldn’t spoil the Glentoran league winners party.  As the final whistle sounded it was honours even in a thoroughly entertaining game of football.  Very fitting that the match was filmed for UTV with highlights on their website.  Mid Ulster gave the league champions a guard of honour as they were presented with the league title but going on this performance it might not be long before it could be the team in orange lifting the trophy. Team J Burns, C Rooney, C Brown, A Curran, L Richardson, H O’Donnell, C McCarron, S Kelly (S Lee), R Bell (H Turkington), S Connolly, A Gillespie.  Subs not used C Barnes, K Donnell, E McFarland, C Bowden. Watch the highlights: http://www.u.tv/sport/Glens-lift-womens-premiership-trophy/08f63909-9e56-471c-8b41-0553547ed3eb#.Ug4yTTmULYc.facebook