Rainey start Ulster Schools Junior Cup with big win

Rainey Endowed UI4 5

Dromore High School 0

Rainey girls played the match they had been waiting for since the start of the season on Thursday - their first Ulster Schools Junior Cup match, writes Alice Hardy.

They faced a strong Dromore High School side but the Rainey girls tried not to let their nerves get in the way. Instead, they started their encounter with a lovely goal from Lauren Mulholland with the help of fellow forwards Sarah McClure and Thea Corry.

This was a great start to the game and gave the Rainey girls some confidence. The midfielders, Emma Marshall, Rachel Burns and Sarah Caldwell were strong and were feeding some great balls through to Sarah McClure who was making some fantastic runs down the wing.

It was not long until Rachel Burns would score a great goal to put the Rainey girls 2-0 up. The defence of Megan Law, Alice Rowan, Alice Hardy and Laura Bolton stayed strong and provided support to the rest of the team.

The Rainey girls scored again when Rachel Burns hit a great shot wide and luckily Alice Hardy was on the post to deflect the ball past the keeper to make the score 3-0 going into half time.

The girls came back onto the pitch knowing they had to keep this standard up. Amy Parke and Sarah McGuckin hit some brilliant balls up the wings to Sarah Caldwell and Andrea Hegarty.

The good play was soon rewarded when Rachel Burns scored with a superb shot to put the Rainey girls ahead 4-0. But Dromore had not given up and it was left to goalkeeper Erin Mulholland to keep a clean sheet with a great save.

Caitlin McNally and Alex Burns created some brilliant attacks down the left as well as centre forward Thea Corry, who took a super shot which unfortunately went wide. However, Sarah McClure was on hand and wrapped up the scoring to 5-0.

The Rainey girls were overjoyed on earning their place in the third round of the Junior Cup and should be proud as it was an absolutely fantastic team performance!

On Saturday 11 November Rainey Endowed played Carrick Grammar School in seven matches.

Results: Rainey 1st XI won 2-0 (Robyn Chambers, Niamh Scullion); 2nd XI won 4-1 (Nicole Ferguson 2, Niamh Scullion, Olivia Menary); 3rd XI won 4-1 (Hannah Beatty 3, Niara Walls)

Rainey U14A 3 Carrick Grammar 1

After a long warm up, the U14A girls started well creating many scoring opportunities with forwards Emma Marshall, Lauren Mulholland and Thea Corry all coming close to scoring thanks to great attacking runs from Thea Corry and Sarah McClure.

However, Carrick hit the ball through the Rainey defence and after a two on one with goalkeeper Erin Mulholland, the Carrick girls scored with only minutes remaining in the first half. After an encouraging talk from coach Mrs Burns and Captain Rachel Burns, the Rainey girls came back on to the pitch fighting, and they were soon rewarded when Emma Marshall slotted the ball perfectly in the back of the net.

The midfield of Caitlin McNally, Rachel Burns and Sarah Caldwell were working hard together and set up Alice Hardy to put the ball past the keeper from a rebounded Rachel Burns shot. The defence of Megan Law, Laura Bolton, Alice Hardy and Alice Rowan were soon put back under pressure but a great save from goalie Erin Mulholland ensured the Rainey girls would be ahead 2-1.

Substitutions were made with Alex Burns, Andrea Hegarty and Sarah McGuckin coming on and playing good hockey with Alex Burns hitting some great balls for Sarah McClure, Andrea Hegarty and Sarah Caldwell to run onto. The Rainey girls were pressuring the Carrick defence yet again and a super Rachel Burns shot made the score 3-1. The Rainey girls played the remainder of the game in the Carrick circle and just before the final whistle blew Sarah Caldwell hit a fantastic shot and was unlucky not to score. Well done to the whole team, another good result!

Rainey U14B won 2-1 with Amy Parke scoring both goals.

Rainey U13A 1 Carrick Grammar 0

The U13 team started off well with Lauren Mulholland winning the ball, then making a run around the goal, before passing to the penalty spot where Ellen Campbell was eagerly waiting for a chance to score, but it was knocked out, writes Sarah McGuckin.

A short corner was won, and Alex Burns scored the first goal from the top of the D. Backs Sarah McGuckin and Charlotte McKinlay worked well in defence, insuring the ball was hit wide and up the line.

Abbie Speers’s hit outs were direct, and Catherine Elliott, Zoe Crooks and Kathryn Glenndinning were strong in making sure that the ball got nowhere near our goal! In the second half, many short corners were won, but the Rainey failed to get on the score sheet again. Subs Betty Scott and Victoria Cousley made an impact when brought on. The Rainey defence played well and the match ended with the score at 1-0.

Rainey U13B 4 Carrick Grammar 1

The match had begun and Rainey were pushing hard against Carrick, writes Jessica McMillin.

With good possession and hard passing by Rachel Savage and Rachel Neil and good stick work from Bethany McClennaghan within the first 15 minutes Rainey had won a short corner by Eva Hastings, quickly followed by a strong goal from Rachel Savage making it 2-0 to Rainey just before half time.

After the team talk the girls knew they had to keep the pressure on Carrick. Rainey was giving good strong passes from Eva Hastings, Rachel Savage and Megan Mallon and got good runs from Bethany McClennaghan and Megan Reid. Then Carrick got the ball and took it down the line and towards the goals but with a good save from Hannah McKernan and Kristy Duncan being there to get the ball and with a strong hit passed to Megan Mallon who then sent the ball across the goals to Jessica McMillin who pushed it in making the score 3-0.

Carrick was pushing harder, then in the middle of Rainey players passing there was an interception and followed by a goal from Carrick.

With the girls wanting to win, they pushed harder keeping a good formation. With a few runs and a few strong hits Rachel Savage got the ball and passed to Jessica McMillin who sent it to Eva Hastings at the top of the goal who then with a hard strike scored her second goal making the score 4-1.

Rainey kept going, determined to get another goal but the whistle blew and time was up leaving the score 4-1 to Rainey.