Cup has Ballymoney girls in seventh heaven

Angie Huey, Ballymoney
Angie Huey, Ballymoney

Ballymoney cruised into the quarter finals of the Irish Senior Cup with a runaway 7-0 win over North Kildare at the Joey Dunlop Centre on Saturday.

But frustration was the name of the game for several other teams, some of which had already travelled long distances only to find frosty surfaces had rendered their trip meaningless.

Pegasus were already in Limerick when they discovered their game with Catholic Institute had been called off due to the elements.

Dublin side Hermes were also left without a game at Armagh where the pitch at Ardmore was frozen.

There was less of a burden though for the Ulster Elks whose game at Ards will also have to be played on another date.

Ards were warming up as the delayed starting time of 2.45pm loomed but the Elks pointed out that parts of the surface were frozen and the umpires called the game off.

“We would have been happy enough to play but there was some ice on the pitch so we were equally happy that it was postponed though it was a bit frustrating,” said Ards coach Phil Mills.

In the one Senior Cup game that did take place north of the border Ballymoney made short work of the newly-promoted Kildare side but only after a scoreless opening 23 minutes.

But once ‘Money had broken the southerners stern resistance the floodgates opened as they scored seven times in the space of the remaining 47 minutes.

The Co Antrim side will now play Corinthian in Dublin next month in the only tie which doesn’t involve an ‘either or’ scenario.

‘Money had the first chance in the eighth minute when Susie Martin found Angela Huey but her shot went wide.

In the 15th minute Kate Caithness had an opportunity to open her team’s account but, once again, the ball stayed out of the net.

Five minutes later a long pass from Julie Nelson released Nikki Parke and she worked her way into the circle before passing to Robyn Chambers but her shot sailed wide of the target.

But Ballymoney at last went in front in the 24th minute when Martin’s pass at a penalty corner found Huey who deflected the ball home.

Another short corner two minutes before the break led to goal number two as Jessica Lynch pounced to swept the ball into the net from a Bridget Cleland pass.

Just before half time Chambers crossed from the left and Julie Nelson, who had gone upfield to join the attack, collected the ball and drove in number three.

Eight minutes after the interval it was 4-0 and this time Huey turned provider setting up Parke who dived to steer the ball into the net and kill the tie off.

In the 47th minute ‘Money got goal number five Nelson once again joining the forwards to set up the chance for Kathryn Minahan top score.

With 12 minutes left the two Jessicas, Moore and Lynch combined to set up Laura McCurdy and she made it 6-0.

But ‘Money kept searching for more goals and the seventh arrived with a minute remaining, Parke and Lynch linking up for Moore to score and book that tie with the Dublin side.

Results: Irish Senior Cup second round: UCC 3 TCD 1, Loreto 1 Railway Union 2, Ballymoney 7 North Kildare 0, Old Alex 0 UCD 2, Pembroke 0 Corinthian 0.

Third round draw (most dates tbc): UCD v Catholic Institute or Pegasus, Corinthian v Ballymoney (Dec 8th), Railway Union v Armagh or Hermes, UCC v Ards or Ulster Elks.