Wednesday, 07 September 2016
Mid Ulster ladies entertained Lisburn Ladies in the first leg of a play off for a place in NIFL Womens Premiership for the 2017 season.
It was the hosts that 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.
Mid Ulster continued to press but the Lisburn team were well organised in defence and kept things organised meaning the teams went into the break with Mid Ulster holding a narrow advantage.
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.
The visitors 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.
Three minutes later a Chloe McCarron free kick from the edge of the box made it 3-0.
Lisburn kept working hard but a bit of trickery from Samantha Kelly with two minutes left saw her make some space to fire home and give the Mid Ulster girls a 4-0 lead going into the second leg.
Mid-Ulster Ladies: Smith, McFarland, Rooney, Donnell, Richardson, Rodgers, Stewart, McCarron, Kelly, Bassett, Connolly subs Turkington (not used), Somerville (not used), Murphy (not used), Magee (not used), Ferson (not used)
Lisburn Ladies: J. Poots, Irvine, Anderson, Haugh, Burnett, McKane, Clews, Murdough, C. Poots, Beck, Stevenson subs Hinds (replaced Haugh 71), McCann (replaced Murdough 51)
Referee: Jamie Robinson
Tags: Mid-Ulster Ladies
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