Archive for News

Annual Dinner

By · October 20, 2016 · Filed in News · Comments Off on Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner and Prize giving ceremony will be held on Saturday 12th November 2016 at the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.   Meeting at 7.30pm with food being served at 8pm sharp.   Dinner will be followed by the annual presentation ceremony and a subsequent disco until 1am.   Due to the increasing numbers at the Annual Dinner the main meals will be served as a fork buffet and will offer a choice of:     Main course: (Adult portion)                      Beef Curry Chicken Goujons Homemade Lasagne Chicken Fillet (with an option of Peppered Sauce.)       Children’s menu:                  Pizza Chicken Goujons Sausages   Main courses will be served with boiled rice, chips, garlic bread and tossed salad.   *Vegetarian / special dietary requirements can be catered for but we need to know details in advance of the dinner*   There will be a choice of dessert on the night.   Cost for the evening will be £20.00 or £10 if eating off the children’s menu.   Family members / friends are also welcome to attend.   Parents are advised that there is a bar at this event and whilst the Club does not advocate inappropriate behaviour they do not undertake responsibility for the supervision of minors.   Confirmation of attendance and payment in advance is required so please contact Clare (07968 344274 / ) or Elaine (07834 469225 / on or before Monday 7th November.   Dress code – smart casual  

Mid Ulster retain Premiership status

By · September 26, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
Stanley Park in Lisburn was the setting for the second leg of the play off between Mid Ulster ladies and Lisburn Ladies for  a place in the NIFL Dankse bank Premier league for 2017.  With Mid Ulster Ladies holding a 4-0 lead from the first leg Lisburn had it all to do to secure their first season in the top flight. Mid Ulster kicked off proceedings playing into a stiff breeze.  This didn’t trouble the girls from Cookstown as they immediately went on the attack as Hannah Turkington flicked a header on for Sarah Connolly to slot marginally wide.  With two minutes on the clock Mid Ulster won the first corner of the game but Lisa Richardsons shot from the clearance was again off target.  More Mid Ulster pressure followed but a combination of poor finishing and a fine save by Jessica Poots from Rebecca Bassett meant the Lisburn goal remained unbreached.  With 7 minutes played Lisburn made their first advance into the opposition half and won a corner.   An inswinger was pushed out by Megan Ferson but it fell to Lisburns Stacey Murdough who forced the ball home and gave the Lisburn girls a 1-0 lead on the day.  Mid Ulster responded with an attack from the kick off with Chloe McCarron shooting over this time.  Lisburn were starting to get into the game and Sara Steveson saw her effort go just over before the Lisburn girls won another corner.  This time Mid Ulster cleared the danger and went on the attack yet again.  With 17 minutes on the clock the Mid Ulster girls drew level.  Great work by Chloe McCarron played Samantha Kelly in and she held off her marker to finish well.  Further pressure from Mid Ulster and 5 minutes later Chloe McCarron again provided the assist for Sarah Connolly to finish and make the score line 2-1.   This seemed to spur the Lisburn girls on and they enjoyed a good spell of pressure with Debbie McCarthy crossing well but Mid Ulsters Lisa Richardson tidied up well.  McCarthy and Steveson were causing the Mid Ulster back line a number of problems and it was just reward when McCarthy levelled the scores on 38 minutes with a good strike.  As the half time whistle approached Hannah Turkington had a chance for Mid Ulster but once again Jessica Poots was off her line quickly to make a fine save and keep the score 2-2 going into the break. The second half kicked off with Lisburn creating the first chance.  An inviting ball across the face of goal rolled wide of the mid Ulster goal.  Mid Ulster responded with a Chloe McCarron shot but it was well over the bar.  With 47 played Lisburns Sara Steveson was clean through but Megan Ferson came out well to make a fine save.  The game was end to end as Samantha Kelly shot wide at the other end.  Lisburn then made the first change with Kerry McCann replacing Courtney Poots with 50minutes played.  Lisburn were having a better half and the Mid Ulster back line were a lot busier with keeper Megan Ferson pulling off a couple of fine saves.  At the other end Mid Ulster had possession but were finding it difficult to get past Paula Haugh and her fellow defenders.   The game went through a bit of a scrappy phase and subs followed with Dani Bingham replacing Jenny Hinds for Lisburn and Lyn Sommerville replacing Hannah Turkington for Mid Ulster.  A few niggly fouls were creeping into the game and Lisburn defended a couple of free kicks on the edge of their area well. Annie O’Neill replaced Karen Donnell for Mid Ulster with 85minutes played.   As the clock ticked down the chance of Lisburn scoring 5 was slipping away.  The whistle sounded with a final score of 2-2 on the day but Mid Ulster wining 6-2 on aggregate and so maintaining their premier league status for 2017.  team-lisburn Team M Ferson, C Rooney, L Richardson, K Donnell (A O’Neill), R Rodgers, S Kelly, C McCarron, H Turkington (L Sommerville), M Stewart, S Connolly, R Bassett.

International Cup Trip

By · September 26, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »

Four for the first leg

By · September 7, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
Mid Ulster ladies entertained Lisburn Ladies in the first leg of a play off for a place in NIFL Premier league for 2017. Mid Ulster got off to a strong start with Mykylea Stewart playing in Samantha Kelly who drew a fine save from Jessica Poots in the Lisburn goal. This was to be the first of many good saves as Poots showed her class. With 13 minutes played Mid Ulster made the breakthrough, Sarah Connolly meeting a Chloe McCarron corner at the near post to make it 1-0 to the home team. lisburn-action-2 Mid Ulster continued to press with efforts from Emma McFarland, Rachael Rodger and Rebecca Bassett but the Lisburn team were well organised in defence.   Even when the shots did make there way through Jessica Poots was unbeatable. lisburn-action The second half started in a similar fashion with Mid Ulster dominating proceedings without finding a way through the lisburn ranks. With only a single goal advantage Lisburn were still very much in the game and a corner to the visitors with 54 minutes played needed a good clearing header from Mid Ulster skipper Claire Rooney. Lisburn then enjoyed a spell of pressure with a couple of shots on target one in particular drawing a fine save from Alice Smith in the Mid ulster goal. A collision between Jessica Poots and Sarah Connolly saw a lengthy stoppage as Poots received attention but thankfully both players were able to continue. Mid Ulster stepped things up again and the relentless pressure eventually told. With 80 minutes played Mykylea Stewart struck a great shot to make it 2-0. 3 minutes later a Chloe McCarron free kick from the edge of the box made it 3. Lisburn kept working hard and they thought that one attack was going to result in a strike on goal.  They didn't bank on Hambag sticking her face in the flight of the ball.  A brick wall wouldn't have stopped it better.  Thankfully Hambag could laugh it off and Mid Ulster went up the pitch  for Samantha Kelly to fire in number 4 and give the girls a good start for the return game. rooney-mom   Well done to Captain Fantastic Claire Rooney who scooped Man of the match sponsored by Darryll Magee hambag-match-sponsor   Thanks to Hambag Karen Donnell for sponsoring the game and the hospitality

Final league game ends in disappointment

By · September 6, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
Mid Ulster entertained Newry city in their final game of the NIFL Danske Bank Premier league campaign for 2016. Newry were fresh from their exploits in Europe and also hoping to finish their campaign on a high. Newry kicked off and early exchanges were pretty even with Blaithin Mackin seeing an early shot said over the bar. With 11 minutes played Aimee Mackin for Newry also went close before Mid Ulster enjoyed a spell of pressure. Lyn Sommerville saw a shot well saved although the referee deemed that the Newry no 1 hadnt touched the ball and gave a goal kick. Rachael Rodgers then went close for the Mid Ulster girls with a wicked ball across the box before Lisa Richardson free kick was held by Una Pearson in goals for Newry. With 26 minutes on the clock Lyn Sommerville again found herself in a shooting position courtesy of some great play from Rebecca Bassett.   The strike was once again off target and the Newry goal survived. More Mid Ulster pressure followed with a super break from Chloe McCarron. Knocking the ball past the last defender McCarron raced onto the ball but once again Una Pearson was quick off her line and managed to pull off a fine stop. Newry countered from this and a clumsy tackle on Aimee Mackin in the box brought a big penalty shout from the visitors. The referee was having none of it and waved play on.   With 36 minutes played Newry broke the deadlock as Katie Flood scored from a free at least 35 yards out. Her powerful shot moved in the air away from the reach of Alice Smith in the Mid Ulster goal. 1-0 to the visitors. Moments later Newry had the chance to double their lead but Alice Smith made a fine stop to bring the teams into the break with Newry 1-0 up. handshake newry Newry made the perfect start to the second half with Megan Wetherall on the score sheet with 48 minutes on the clock, turning in a fine cross from the left. Mid Ulster tried to respond immediately but Rachael Rodgers effort flashed across the face of goal and out for a throw. A Mid Ulster free kick 25 yards out raised the hopes of the home support but Chloe McCarrons effort was well blocked by the Newry wall. More pressure from Newry and captain Aoife Lennon put the game beyond doubt finishing smartly just inside the box.   Mid Ulster made the first substitution of the night with Sharagh Murphy replacing Lyn Sommerville and Alex Clarke came on for Newry. Newry continued to press with the woodwork saving Mid Ulster on one occasion. With 59 minutes played Aimee Mackin got on the score sheet making it 4-0.   Further substitutions saw Leanne Domican and Aoibhan Jones replace Lisa McCann and Lauren Redpath for Newry. Newry had all the momentum and Claire Rooney made an important covering tackle to prevent Aimee Mackin extending the lead further. Mid Ulster pushed for a consolation goal with Samantha Kelly shooting wide, closely followed by a Chloe Mc Carron effort also going wide. Jessica Magee replaced Samantha Kelly for Mid Ulster with 20 minutes to play and the final Mid Ulster substitution saw Annie O’Neill replace Karen Donnell. The game finished with Mid Ulster keeper Alice Smith making two fine stops and so the game finished 4-0 to Newry city. subs Thanks to Rae Kelly for sponsoring the game and to Karen Donnell for sponsoring the hospitality.    

By · August 21, 2016 · Filed in News · Comments Off on
Mid Ulster hosted League Champions Linfield on Wednesday night in the quarter final of the Irish Cup. Extremely wet conditions greeted both teams and the large crowd of spectators were glad of the use of the stand at the 3 G pitch.
teams prior to kick off

                      teams prior to kick off

Mid Ulster got off to the worst possible start when Linfield opened the scoring with 4 minutes on the clock as Lauren Robson saw her strike beat Megan Ferson in the Mid Ulster goal. Mid Ulster responded well winning a free kick in a dangerous position but free kick specialist Chloe McCarron was narrowly off target with her effort. Although Linfield were enjoying the majority of possession the home team were containing them well and it took until the 22 minute for Linfield to force their first corner of the night. Further pressure followed and on 32 minutes Linfield doubled their advantage as Danielle Ennis finished off an Abbie Magee cross. The teams went into the break with Linfield 2-0 up. Mid Ulster started the second half with purpose and Samantha Kelly got away an effort from distance but it was straight at Nicole Adams in the Blues goal. With 54minutes played Linfield captain Sarah Venny effectively ended the tie with a screamer from 25 yards to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage. Megan Ferson made another good save 5 minutes later at the expense of a corner and what an expensive corner it was as Linfields Claire Timoney scored directly from the corner to make it 4-0.   Rebecca Bassett gave the Mid Ulster contingent something to shout about on 64 minutes when some great play was finished well to make it 4-1. Unfortunately the joy was short lived as Linfield replied 4 minutes later, a Lyndsy Corey header from a corner this time. 5-1 ahead the League champions made a number of substitutions and showed the depth of talent in the squad as they went on to score a further 3 goals before the final whistle. Louise McDaniels, Abbie Magee and Lyndsay Corey securing an 8-1 victory to send the blues on their way towards a semi final place. Definitely a night to forget for the Mid Ulster girls. The side meet again this Wednesday night 24 August at the National Stadium in the League 7.30pm kick off and the Mid Ulster girls will be hoping for a better performance.   Team M Ferson, K Donnell, C Rooney, L Richardson, E McFarland, H O’Donnell, C Orr, C McCarron, S Kelly, S Connolly, R Bassett. Subs not used A O’Neill, L Sommerville, H Turkington, A Smith, J Magee, S Murphy
Darryll presents sponsorship for the game

Darryll presents sponsorship for the game

Thank you to Darryll Magee who sponsored the game and the hospitality on Wednesday night.

Refereeing decisions aid cup exit

By · July 31, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
Mid Ulster travelled to Seaview to take on Crusaders in the first round of the NIFL Cup on Wed 27 July. handshake crusaders Crusaders started the game well with early exchanges played mostly in the Mid Ulster half.  Emily Wilson and Courtney Moore for Crusaders were always a threat and Mid Ulster struggled to get a foothold in the game.  As the half wore on Mid Ulster enjoyed a bit of possession but mid way through the half a hammer blow was dealt to the visitors as Emily Wilson scored twice in 2 minutes to put the home side in the driving seat.  The first was a clever lob over the outrushing Jacqueline Burns after Julie Nelson ball played her through.  The second was poor defending from a corner that Wilson reacted quickest to.  This seemed to spur the Mid Ulster girls into a response with Rebecca Bassett seeing her shot tipped on the bar by Nadine Murphy and shots from Chloe McCarron and Sarah Connolly before the half time whistle. crusader on the attack Crusaders started the second half strongly and as Mid Ulster pushed to get back into the game Crusaders had a number of opportunities but Jacqueline Burns was difficult to beat.  With 56 minutes played Emily Wilson got her hat trick and effectively won the tie as she hit a great first time finish from a Courtney Moore cross. Once again Mid Ulster responded and after a period of pressure Cathy Rees thought she had pulled one back on 63 mins when she followed in on a parried save from Rebecca Bassetts fierce shot.  The referee disallowed the goal supposedly for offside. 8 minutes later and Mid Ulster got their goal with Sarah Connolly finishing well to make it 3-1. A number of substitutions followed for both teams and Mid Ulster again felt aggrieved as Sarah Connolly shot hit an arm inside the box but the referee chose to ignore the calls.  Jacqueline Burns saved well from Aimee McNeill as the clock ticked down and the Crusaders wall did its job on a stoppage time free kick from Chloe McCarron.  This was to be the final action as the game finished Crusaders 3  Mid Ulster 1 Team:  J Burns, C Rooney, L Richardson (H Turkington), K Donnell (L Sommerville), R Rodgers, C Rees, (J Magee), C McCarron, H O'Donnell, S Connolly, R Bassett. not used A O'Neill  

Disappointing week

By · July 24, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
It was a double header in the NIFL Danske Bank Premiership for the Mid Ulster girls this week. First up on Monday night was a visit to Solitude to take on Cliftonville who still were in the hunt for the league title. Mid Ulster kicked off facing into the strong evening sun. Playing in 26 C it was Cliftonville with the opening opportunity with six minutes played as Leah McEvoy’s shot from the edge of the box went just wide. The early exchanges were pretty even with Cliftonville limited to shots from outside the area and Mid Ulster dangerous on the break. The Cliftonville offside trap was working well in frustrating the Mid Ulster front pairing of Rebecca Bassett and Sarah Connolly.  A free kick for Mid Ulster on the left corner of the area was well hit by Lisa Richardson but it was cleared by Cliftonville and from the resulting attack McEvoy broke through but Jacqueline Burns in goal for Mid Ulster was smartly out to make the save. As the mid point of the half approached Mid Ulster enjoyed their best spell of pressure with Chloe McCarron forcing a corner. Good interplay between Bassett and Connolly saw Tiarna McKenna make a reaction save from a close range Sarah Connolly shot. Having survived this scare Cliftonville went down the field to open the scoring when Marissa Callaghan's through ball was perfectly weighted for Celine Curtis to slide past Burns. The half continued in a similar fashion with Callaghan drawing a good save from Burns on 36 minutes and at the other end McKenna saved well from Hayley O’Donnell. Subs for both teams as Mid Ulster introduced Emma McFarland for Hannah Turkington and Cliftonville introduced Nicola McWilliams for Nikita O’Neill at the start of the second half. Mid Ulster immediately went looking for the equaliser but it was Cliftonville who won an early corner and shots from Callaghan and Joanne McCarthy didn’t trouble the Mid Ulster goal. With 54 on the clock Mid Ulster had their best chance of the game as Bassett broke into the area forcing McKenna into a good save. The rebound fell to Connolly but her effort was cleared off the line. The game continued end to end and Cliftonville doubled their lead when Callaghan wrapped up the points for the Reds with a clever finish. An injury to Bassett saw Lyn Sommerville enter the game for Mid Ulster. From the restart Burns had to be out quick to snuff out a run from Leontia McVarnock. A minute later a cracking half volley from Curtis on the edge of the box came back off the woodwork and once again Burns pulled off another good save as the ball came back to Curtis from her initial strike.  Final score Cliftonville 2 Mid Ulster 0 Cliftonville Ladies: McKenna, McCarthy, Moore, Moran, Kelly, Curtis, O'Neill, McEvoy, Simpson, McVarnock, Callaghan subs Martin (replaced Curtis 88), Quigley (not used), McWilliams (replaced O'Neill 46) Mid-Ulster Ladies: Burns, Rodgers, Rooney, Donnell, Richardson, Turkington, O'Donnell, McCarron, Orr, Bassett, Connolly subs Somerville (replaced Bassett 68), McFarland (replaced Turkington 46), O'Neill (not used), Smith (replaced Rodgers 80)   On Wednesday night Mid Ulster welcomed Crusaders to Cookstown in a mid table battle that produced plenty of goals and passion. The first half was a pretty even affair with Crusaders enjoying slightly more possession. With 17 minutes played Mid Ulster took the lead as Rachael Rodgers showed great maturity to slot home after Sarah Connolly's flick on had sent her clear on goal. Courtney Moore was always dangerous for Crusaders carrying the ball forward and looked creative and threatening. Just before the break Crusaders pulled level a bit of indecision was punished by Emily Wilson to leave it all square at the break.
What control from Lisa

What control from Lisa

Mid Ulster started the second half on the attack with Sarah Connolly firing just wide. Minutes later Crusaders took the lead as Courtney Moore hit a great first time shot after a cross from the right. Mid Ulster pushed to get back into the game and got their reward through a penalty. Sarah Connolly controlled the ball well and was adjudged to have been brought down as she burst through earning a yellow card for Amy McGivern. Connolly stepped up to score the penalty and make it 2-2. With an hour on the clock Crusaders took the lead after Amy McGivern stepped out of defence to release Moore. McGivern continued her run to get on the end of Moore's cross and make it 3-2 to the visitors. Mid Ulster had chances to equalise but the Crusaders defence stood firm and they wrapped up the points with 77 minutes played when Emily Wilson got her second of the night to make it 4-2. Rachael Rodgers went close to pulling one back for mid Ulster as her shot rattled the woodwork but it finished 4-2 to the visitors who move into fourth spot. Mid-Ulster Ladies: Burns, Richardson, Rooney, McFarland, Donnell, Rodgers, Turkington, McCarron, O'Donnell, Orr, Connolly subs Somerville, Smith, Magee, O'Neill Next up for the girls is a trip to Seaview to take on Crusaders in the Premier League Cup on Wednesday 27 July 7.30pm kick off.
Hannah, Janet?? & Jackie

Hannah, Janet?? & Jackie

Thank you to Hannah and Janet Turkington for Sponsoring the home game and to Lisa and Alfie Richardson for sponsoring the post match hospitality.
Alfie kitted out and ready to play

Alfie kitted out and ready to play

League and Cup victories

By · July 8, 2016 · Filed in News · Comments Off on League and Cup victories
Successful week for Mid Ulster Ladies Monday night saw the visit of Lurgan Town Ladies to the Sports arena for a third round Irish Cup fixture. The summer weather dictated that the game was switched to the 3G pitch after the grass pitch was declared unplayable but the good surface suited both teams style of play. Lurgan kicked off and immediately showed that this was going to be no easy game with some nice passing and possession and an early shot to test Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal. Mykylea Stewart made her return to action for Mid Ulster and her partnership in mid field with Hayley O’Donnell was providing a platform for the Mid Ulster attack to push on. Rebecca Bassett was through on goal after 16 minutes but the Lurgan stopper was smartly off her line to cancel out the threat. The first corner of the game after 17 minutes saw Mid Ulster Mykylea Stewart get her head on the ball but the effort went just wide. Further pressure from the home team followed with Cathy Rees and Sarah Connolly threatening but the final ball just wasn’t forthcoming. Lurgan were also showing a real threat on the counter with Claire Rooney and her back line needing to be on their toes. An entertaining half finished all square so it was all to play for in the second half. Mid Ulster started the half brightly with Rebecca Bassett firing just over with only 1minute played. Further Mid Ulster pressure was to pay off when Chloe Orrs fine run released Sarah Connolly who made no mistake with her finish 1-0 with 50minutes played. Lurgan pushed for an immediate response but Mid Ulster stood firm and cleared the danger. The half then settled into the same pattern with the home team dictating the majority of possession but Lurgan posing a real threat on the break. Substitutions followed for Lurgan and they enjoyed a spell of possession before forcing Mid Ulsters Jacqueline Burns into a smart save low to her right. Sharagh Murphy entered the game for Mid Ulster replacing Sarah Connolly and was immediately involved in the action but her shot lacked the power to trouble the Lurgan keeper. Another good strike from Lurgan was tipped over by Burns and the Mid Ulster support were right to be nervy with only a goal between the sides. With 86 minutes played the result was put out of doubt as Claire Rooneys fine ball found Rebecca Bassett with another fine strike to make it 2-0 and steer Mid Ulster into the next round. Team J Burns, E McFarland, C Rooney, L Richardson, C Orr, H O’Donnell, M Stewart, C Rees, S Connolly (S Murphy), R Bassett. Subs not used J Magee, A Smith It was back to league duty on Wednesday night as Mid Ulster travelled to the Ashfield boys school to take on Glentoran BU. Rachael Rodgers came back into an otherwise unchanged side as the girls searched for some valuable league points. Mid Ulster kicked off but it was Glentoran with an early strike as Lauren Wade saw her shot go across the face of goal. An early set back for Glentoran saw the experienced Gail Macklin leave the game with a hamstring injury. Mid Ulster were finding the distance on a very fast surface and some good balls through were just too heavy for the tireless Rebecca Bassett. The Mid Ulster front pairing of Bassett and Connolly were causing the Glentoran back line all kinds of problems and Sarah Connolly capitalised on a defensive error with 14 minutes played. A poor headed clearance was picked up by Connolly who tucked the ball past the keeper to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Glentoran went on the offensive straight from the kick off but Jacqueline Burns turned Amy Burdens shot away for a corner. This corner was cleared but Glentoran had the bit between their teeth and forced two corners in quick succession. Jacqueline Burns claimed well from the last of these and set Rebecca Bassett on her way. The Glentoran no 1 had to be on her toes to reach the ball first on this occasion. The game was end to end and a free kick for Glentoran on the edge of the box spelled danger for the visitors. Kellie Baille hit a good strike but Jacqueline Burns was right behind it.   Another defensive mix up from Glentoran saw Rebecca Bassett have a half chance but once again the Glentoran keeper did well to make the save. The Glentoran no 1 was having a busy time and a ball over the top saw her come out to punch clear, catching the incoming Cathy Rees at the same time. Thankfully Rees was fit to continue. Mid Ulster finished strongly with Chloe Orr, Rebecca Bassett and Sarah Connolly linking up well but the half finished 1-0 to Mid Ulster. Glentoran started the second half enjoying a lot of possession but the Mid Ulster defence was more than capable of anything Glentoran could throw at them. With 60 minutes played the Glentoran keeper again came to her sides rescue with a fine stop from Rebecca Bassetts low shot. Kellie Baille then had a great opportunity to level the scores with a free header from a Glentoran corner that drifted inches wide. Once again the game was end to end and at a frantic pace. No one would have thought that this was both teams second match in one week as the energy levels were fantastic. Changes for Glentoran but the home side still couldn’t find a way past Donnell, Richardson, Rodgers and Rooney with Myklea Stewart and Hayley O’Donnell also working hard in midfield. As the clock ran down the travelling support wished for the final whistle but in reality the girls didn’t really look in any danger of conceding. Emma McFarland replaced Sarah Connolly for the last 5 minutes and even with 5 minutes of added time the game finished Glentoran 0 Mid Ulster 1. Team: J Burns, C Rooney, K Donnell, L Richardson, R Rodgers, H O’Donnell, M Stewart, C Orr, R Bassett, C Rees, S Connolly (E McFarland), R Bassett. Subs not used A Smith, S Murphy. A week off for the girls now followed by another double header away to Cliftonville on Monday 18 July and entertaining Crusaders at the Mid Ulster Sports arena on Wednesday 20 July. Both games are NIFL Danske Bank Premier League fixtures and both kick off at 7.30pm  

Honours even after trip to Derry.

By · June 23, 2016 · Filed in News · No Comments »
Mid Ulster travelled to the banks of the Foyle on Wednesday night for the latest NIFL Danske bank Premier league fixture. Having beat Derry City at home hopes were high of gaining 3 points.
Catherine incognito

Catherine incognito

Mid Ulster started the game well and although they enjoyed the early pressure they couldn’t fashion a clear cut scoring opportunity. As the game developed Derry showed the threat they possessed with Rachael Barnaby having two opportunities before seeing her shot go well over. Mid Ulster replied with Rebecca Bassett winning the first corner with 12 minutes played. Sarah Connolly got her head to the ball but she couldn’t direct the ball on target and the ball went harmlessly wide. Derry then enjoyed a spell of pressure with a Claire Rooney tackle well timed to snuff out a promising attack. More possession for the home team saw Coral Lapsley shoot but Jacqueline Burns in the Mid Ulster goal was up to the task and held well. Mid Ulster responded well and Hannah Turkington, Sarah Connolly, Rebecca Bassett and Lyn Sommerville all had opportunities but nothing to unduly trouble the Derry number 1. With 35 minutes played and slightly against the run of play Derry took the lead. A ball through was slipped past the advancing Jacqueline Burns and slotted home by Niamh Connolly. 1-0 to Derry. Mid Ulster regrouped and from the kick off won a free kick. Chloe McCarron struck it but the Derry keeper gathered well. Rebecca Bassett worked an opportunity for a shot next but it lacked the power to trouble. Another free kick for Mid Ulster was swung in by Lisa Richardson but it went just wide as the Mid Ulster girls finished the half strongly. With 2 minutes to the break Derry struck once again winning a penalty which was expertly dispatched by Niamh Connolly to leave Derry into the break with a 2-0 lead. Both teams began the second half unchanged and once again Mid Ulster started well seeing a lot of the ball. The Derry back line made a great last ditch tackle to prevent Sarah Connolly pulling one back but moments later a free kick was awarded 25 yards out for a hand ball offence. Chloe McCarron stepped forward and struck a scorcher which was always moving away from the despairing reach of the Derry keeper to make it 2-1 with 50minutes played.  Derry responded with Niamh Connolly shooting well over and former Mid Ulster player Aoife Curran drawing a good save from Mid Ulsters Jacqueline Burns. Chloe McCarron was starting to boss the mid field area as Hayley O’Donnell provided the cover and like the first half Mid Ulster were enjoying the lions share of possession. Chloe Orr replaced Hannah Turkington on 63 minutes. Rachael Rodgers was linking up well with Rebecca Bassett on the right wing and one such move resulted in another free kick 20 yards out just right of centre. This time the wall thwarted the dangerous McCarron and Derry cleared their lines again. Sharagh Murphy came on for Karen Donnell as Mid Ulster went to 3 at the back and Murphy nearly had an immediate impact with a shot but it lacked power. With normal time up Mid Ulster won a corner and it was all hands to the pump. The delivery was a good one and the ball appeared to ping pong around the 6 yard area for ages before Sarah Connolly got the decisive touch smashing it home to make it 2-2. This was to be the final action of the night as the referees whistle sounded. Final score Derry City 2 Mid Ulster 2 Team J Burns, C Rooney, L Richardson, R Rodgers, K Donnell (S Murphy), C McCarron, H O’Donnell, H Turkington (C Orr), L Sommerville, R Bassett, S Connolly Subs not used M Ferson, A O’Neill Next up for the Mid Ulster girls is the visit of Sion Swifts to the Mid Ulster sports arena Wednesday 29 June 7.30pm kick off