Women

Scott sees positives despite late equaliser

A Shairee McVey goal of the season candidate wasn’t enough to secure a win against high flying and highly talented Lisburn Ladies Swifts in a pulsating NIWFA Division 2 game at Bluebell Stadium…

Both teams started brightly and the early exchanges saw both keepers busy. Lisburn excellent passing game was negated by Coleraine shape and developing system.

As the game developed, an excellent passing move from Coleraine laid on a shot from 20 yards for the ever-reliable Skipper McVey to bury from 20 yards. The Bannsiders finished the half stronger and had a few chances to increase the lead.

In the second-half, Lisburn began to take a bit of control of possession although Coleraine’s excellent defence of Somerville, Strickland, Stewart and Alexander held firm. However, Lisburn scored with about 15 minutes left with a very well struck free-kick.

The Montgomery sisters, Mullan, Bolton, Gray all battled to grab a late winner with creative verve but not to be as the game finished 1-1.

Manager Gareth Scott said: “The continuous improvement cycle continues against a really good side currently sitting second in the table, so I couldn’t ask for more from our rapidly improving squad as we are finding our feet at this stage.

“The platform is doing basic things well, knowing when to play on ground and being astute enough to clear your lines when required. Having the humility to play game in the right way on and off pitch and understand progress individually and collectively will forge a capable team in time full of players that are genuine followers of the game will want watch.

“That’s three games in a row now unbeaten in 90 minutes so the first building blocks are there to see, and work has only begun although the smiles on players faces after each day are testament to a development plan well under way.”