South girls keep their cool to send Omagh out

South Antrim Ladies in action recently.
South Antrim Ladies in action recently.

South Ladies Firsts won the first match of their plate campaign last weekend as they edged past Omagh Ladies Seconds on penalty flicks after a 1-1 draw.

From the whistle, the South forwards put Omagh under pressure, with Charis Seeds successfully winning corners for South very early on.

The South defence made sure that any players on the break were quickly stopped with Catherine Growcott saving any shots on goal.

The girls continued to dominate the match and within the opening minute of the second half their efforts were rewarded when Jo Clarke and Allannah Richardson prevented the Omagh keeper from clearing and Jo eventually pushed the ball over the line.

For a short while, Omagh found their form and managed to slip a goal past the South keeper, bringing the score to 1-1.

The Ladies were faced with extra time but both teams were unable to alter the score-line.

In an exciting conclusion, both teams selected players to face penalty flicks. Charis Seeds, Elaine Aiken, Zara Carson, Danielle Heasley and Lucy Fitzpatrick stepped up to the mark for South but after the first round both teams remained equal. The ladies were under pressure, knowing how important the ‘Sudden Death’ round would be. Well done though to Charis Seeds, Zara Carson and Catherine Growcott, player of the match, who kept their nerves and sent South into the next round of the Plate.

Having had two wins in succession, the ladies are eagerly looking forward to their next Plate match and the rest of their league games.

The club’s thanks to Catherine Faulkner and Nathan Donald for umpiring.