Carrickfergus 2 Rainey 2
Rainey travelled to the east coast to take on Carrick and despite going ahead twice head to be content with a share of the point.
Although Rainey started the match with an attacking run of play, it was not long into the first half until Carrickfergus began to fight back.
Carrick were awarded a penalty corner, and they did not waste any time on getting onto the score board. Rainey were one goal down, but immediately from the restart they went out to show that they were not going to go down without a fight!
With the Rainey midfield fighting hard, Meave McNally and Carolyn Burns made some crucial tackles to ensure they won possession to allow them to feed the ball to the forwards. Koren Ferguson and Jenna Bowman worked well together to create space to allow them to run into and pick up the ball.
Tori Hastings held position well in the middle to the field to allow Rainey to make a promising attack, resulting in Carolyn Burns finding the back of the net.
The Rainey defence continued to worked hard to keep back the Carrickfergus forwards with Rosie Taylor and Louise McMaster in the centre and Louise Gregg, Kirsty McLarnon and Emma Currie either side. Rebecca Allen made some excellent saves to deny Carrickfergus any goals.
As the match went on Loraine Hyndman and Koren Ferguson linked well together to give Jenna Bowman the chance Rainey needed. One stricke form Jena and the ball ricocheted off the back board. Rainey were leading by two goals to one.
Throughout the match Carolyn Burns and Kirsty McLarnon remained strong to ensure no attacks came from the left hand side. Rainey continued to fight hard, however Carrickfergus put up an equal fight and were eventually awarded with a second goal to leave the final score two goals each.
Rainey: Rebecca Allen, Rosie Taylor, Louise McMaster, Emma Currie, Kirsty McLarnon, Louise Gregg, Tori Hastings, Carolyn Burns, Meave McNally (c), Julie Hyndman, Lorraine Hyndman, Jenna Bowman, Koren Ferguson.
Rainey II 6 Lisnagarvey V 0
The first half saw Rainey dominating the opposition’s side of the pitch; however the spirit during the first half seemed a little flat.
Rainey were missing our usual fight and missed a few goal opportunities. Maybe the girls were missing our coach Colin, with a Shauna securing the first goal scored before the half time whistle.
The second half saw the Rainey turn it around after a much needed half time team huddle and the knowledge that Colin would soon be arriving to cheer/shout as only a coach can!
The Rainey girls came on with a new attitude that was ready to fight and take no Lisnagarvey prisoners. This half saw a huge improvement with 5 goals scored thanks to man of the match Cara Suitor, Emma and her superhero strength of a hit, newbie Nicole Heaney, the always tenacious Shauna and to cap off a great half Megan.
Well done girls, a great team effort saw success, along with a few injured Lisnagarvey players!