|Lurgan Ladies 3rd XI - Dungannon 3rd XI|
|Saturday, 11 October 2008 01:00|
The game started well for Lurgan with both midfield and frontline attacking freely. It was obvious from the start that they were by far the stronger side but scoring was proving illusive as the Dungannon goalie pulled off several great saves to deny the Lurgan girls the lead. She was having a storming game between the posts but thankfully the Lurgan frontline consisting of Rachel Calvin, Katie McGown and Louise Allen remained patient. Several attacking moves came to nothing as Sue Gibson, Sarah Denver and all three front players all went close. With twenty-nine minutes on the clock the deadlock was finally broken when Gemma McBride, just on the field from the bench, latched on to a through ball and hammered the ball into the roof of the net for a one nil lead.
The second half started briskly and with less than a minute gone Katie McGown received the ball from Rachel Calvin on the left and shot from close range to make it two. This seemed to knock the heart out of the visitors and six minutes later Rachel Hull playing on the right slotted home Lurgan’s third. Their play now was nothing short of brilliant as they ran the opposition ragged with some great passing and movement. The fourth goal came from Louise Allen, playing in an unusual role at centre-mid. She shot through a couple of defenders and somehow the ball ended up in the back of the net. This was just reward for Louise who was having a great game in the middle of the park.
Number five came from Katie McGown to give her two on the day. Number six came with three minutes left on the clock. Natasha Hynds, normally a full-back, fancied her chances at centre forward and was thrown on with five minutes left. Her impact was almost immediate when she cleverly flicked the ball over the outstretched leg of the goalie to round off a fantastic day for the Thirds.
All-in-all a great performance from the Thirds who seem to be growing in confidence with every game played. This week they visit league leaders, Cookstown, and this should prove a greater challenge to them with both teams unbeaten so far.