Carrick Ladies 1 Dungannon Ladies 2
Dungannon Ladies 1st XI travelled away to face Carrickfergus without a number of key players Dungannon went into the game as the younger less experienced side.
Never intimidated, the girls were ready to start the match and show Carrickfergus what they were made of.
The first half started well with Dungannon having most of the pressure inside the Carrick half. The forwards Dana Bettany, Karen Elliott and Hannah Smyth pressured the defence and created numerous chances.
The first goal came from a counter attack as the ball was played wide to Karen Elliott who made a fantastic run down the wing beating the Carrickfergus defence. She then crossed the ball and Hannah Smyth was at the back post and was able to score putting it past the Carrickfergus goalkeeper.
The team continued to pressure Carrickfergus and create many chances. Thanks to brilliant defence from Jill Elliott and Alison Elliott all Carrickfergus attempts were stopped. Dungannon went on the attack again with the midfield Georgina Mulligan, Jane McClements and Rebecca Edwards working hard.
Karen Elliott was involved again as she went on yet another run down the wing. However this time Karen scored a fantastic goal herself. Her cross was stopped but she went for the rebound and scored Dungannons second of the game, leaving the score 2-0. Feeling refreshed after the half time the girls went into the second half looking to defend their lead.
Carrickfergus started strong and had several penalty corners but thanks to Victoria Kerr making some excellent saves Carrickfergus failed to convert. The defence were definately pressurised more in the second half but Clare Weir and Lynsey Purdy battled hard to make sure Carrickfergus didn’t break through.
Midway through the half Carrickfergus won a penalty corner and even though Dungannon defended as best they could the opposition still managed to squeeze the ball over the line, leaving the score 2-1 to Dungannon.
Dungannon continued to threaten the Carrickfergus goal but due to some good defending they didn’t manage to break through the defence. After a second half of tough defending from Dungannon the girls were glad to hear the final whistle and come away with a well deserved win.
Thanks to Mrs Hobson for umpiring and also to our loyal supporters.
Dungannon: Victoria Kerr, Claire Weir, Alison Elliott, Jill Elliott, Georgina Mulligan, Rebecca Edwards, Jane McClements, Karen Elliott, Dana Bettany, Hannah Smyth.