Lurgan bounce back in style

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Lurgan Ladies 1

Belfast Harlequins 0

Lurgan Ladies bounced back from their midweek defeat to see off Belfast Harlequins on Friday night.

Lurgan started well and were rewarded with an early penalty corner after three minutes but the initial shot was saved by the Queen’s keeper and then cleared. The visitors looked dangerous on the break and on 10 minutes they won a penalty corner but this was well saved by Naomi Costley and cleared.

Lurgan continued to press forward and Sarah McClure had a reverse stick shot saved by the Quinns keeper five minutes later. It was end to end stuff with neither side able to create a clear goalscoring opportunity and so the teams went in level scoreless.

Lurgan again started brightly but the Quinns’ keeper was in great form and saved an early penalty corner strike from Charlene Hull. Lurgan took the lead ten minutes into the half and it was great determination and link up play form the forwards which provided the goal. Pippa Best robbed the ball from a defender and fed fellow striker Jayne Clarke, she slipped a pass to Pippa who scored from a fine reverse strike which beat the keeper at the left hand post.

Stung into response Quinns went in search of an equaliser but Naomi Costley was also in great form and made a superb stop from a penalty corner five minutes later.

Newly arrived midfielder Emma Lindsey, previously of Ards, set up Pippa Best with a through ball on 27 minutes but her shot was saved by the keeper who was having a great game.

Lurgan should have increased their lead two minutes later but for a mis-hit in front of goal with only the keeper to beat. There was one more sting in the tail with Quins awarded a penalty corner near the end, but the shot was saved and cleared.

This was a fine performance from a team just finding its feet and the young players in particular showed what an asset they are going to be this season.

Emma Quinn, Louise Currie, Pippa Best and Alex Hurst all had fine games with Alex the stand out player on the night. Lurgan thank South Ulster Housing Association for their continued support and sponsorship this year.