Mid Ulster Ladies 9 Fermanagh Mallards 2
FERMANAGH Mallards were the visitors to the Sports Arena on Monday night.
Simone Magill opened the scoring after only four minutes when she showed great composure to round the keeper and score.
A great start for the home team and although Fermanagh tried to reply Mid Ulster were still bossing possession. After 12 minutes the lead was doubled with Simone Magill becoming provider and crossing a ball in that Ruth Brown met with a great header. The ball came back off the post and once again Michelle Scott like a true striker was on hand to finish the rebound. Fermanagh were still a threat and enjoyed a spell of pressure that required Claire Rooney and Claire Brown to be on their toes and keep things tight.
The Mid Ulster back line were playing their way out of trouble and on 30 mins a ball played back to keeper Jacqueline Burns saw her deliver a super ball forward to Simone Magill on the right wing. A storming run and cross from Magill saw Michelle Scott take up a great position for a tap in and number 3 for the home team.
On 35minutes Michelle Scott got her hat trick as once again Simone Magill fizzed in a cross from the right wing after good work by Ruth Brown and Michelle ensured that the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Three minutes later and Simone Magill doubled her tally for the night, running onto a Hayley O’Donnell ball and unleashing a great strike that rattled the back of the net. Even though Fermanagh were 5-0 down they refused to lie down and indeed enjoyed a spell of pressure.
The second half kicked off with Fermanagh needing an early impact and that was exactly what they got. Barely 20 seconds had been played when Fermanagh had the ball in the back of the Mid Ulster goal courtesy of Louise McFrederick. Mid Ulster were stunned by this fight back and immediately went about reinforcing their dominance. After 7minutes their 5 goal advantage was restored with Michelle Scott making the run and cross and this time Simone Magill was on hand so she too could complete her hat trick. What happened next was a bit confusing. An injury to Simone Magill in the centre circle saw the game stopped so she could receive treatment. Mid Ulster then sportingly agreed to kick the ball back to the Fermanagh Keeper and Chloe Barnes duly dispatched the ball.
Unfortunately the Fermanagh keeper wasn’t on the same wavelength and watch as the ball trickled by her into the net. The referee sticking to the laws of the game awarded the goal and from the restart Mid Ulster felt obliged to let the Fermanagh’s Clodagh Wilson score to leave the game 7-2 to the home team. With all that out of the way the game got back on track and Mid Ulster made a change with Stacey Lee replacing Simone Magill. Stacey Lee nearly made an immediate impact after some great interplay between herself and Samantha Kelly but the effort went just wide. Fermanagh responded with an attack but Jacqueline Burns showed good hands to hold onto the shot.
Rebecca Edwards was next to get a run on with Claire Brown getting a well deserved break no doubt with Wednesday night match in mind. More Mid Ulster pressure saw Ruth Brown and Samantha Kelly go close before a further spell of Fermanagh pressure requiring Jacqueline Burns to make two good saves.
Mid Ulster then upped their game yet again and Stacey Lee made a great break into the box and had a decent penalty shout turned down. Fermanagh raced up the other end and looked to have pulled another one back before Claire Rooneys superb goal line clearance.
Mid Ulster made their final change on 31 minutes with Louise Murphy replacing Hayley O’Donnell.
Louise had an immediate impact releasing Stacey Lee who again had the Fermanagh defence on the back foot as she drove into the box. This time the foul inside the area was blatant and the referee could do nothing but award the penalty.
Up stepped Samantha Kelly to cap another fine performance with a well placed penalty and make the score 8-2. Fermanagh to their credit never gave up and they battled to the end but on 42 minutes a piece of composure from Ruth Brown saw her get her first of the night and Mid Ulster ninth to finish the game Mid Ulster 9 Fermanagh Mallards 2.
Team: J Burns, C Rooney, C Brown (R Edwards) L Richardson, E McFarland, C Barnes, S Kelly, R Brown, H O’Donnell (L Murphy), S Magill (S Lee), M Scott.
Subs not used : H Turkington, L Sommerville