Three on the bounce

COLERAINE Ladies celebrated a third win in as many games as they overpowered Carnmoney Athletic last Friday night…

The Ladies travelled to the UUJ on Friday night to face Carnmoney Athletic. Coleraine went on the attack from the off and were 1-0 ahead inside the first 10 minutes when Sam Miskimmon hammered in from a corner. However, Carnmoney drew level 5 minutes later through an excellent strike from outside the box leaving Bannsiders ‘keeper Lynsey Hassan with no chance of saving it.

Coleraine continued to play good football and pushed forward, but being weary not to over do it. On the 20 minute mark, Abbey Alexander put the Coleraine side in front again when a long ball from her twin sister Megan Alexander fell kindly for her making it 2-1. Coleraine continued to play good football from front to back, moving it around and playing with more confidence. Coleraine won another corner on the 37th minute and the hard-working Carla Dickie got herself her first goal of the season to put the Ladies 3-1 in front as she finished neatly into the corner.

Just before the break, Alison Nicholl found Abbey Alexander in acres of space and her strike crept below the keeper to put the Ladies 4–1 in front at half-time.

The second-half started on a different footing as it was Carnmoney who got the first goal on the 60th minute against the run of play when an excellent pass spilt the defence and their right winger latched onto it making it 4–2. Coleraine didn’t take long to reply when on the 67th minute Kirsty Gillis, who as always puts in a shift, found herself beating her player down the right wing and crossing in for Abbey Alexander to finish off for her hat trick.

Abbey Alexander was at it again when a long ball from Shairee McVey found her and she once again nestled the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the game and Coleraine’s sixth.

This rounded off an excellent night for the Ladies and a brilliant all-round team effort for the Bannsiders’ third win in a row, putting our Ladies team second in the league table.

*Many thanks to Michelle McAlister and Carnmoney Ladies for supplying us with photographs*