Dromara Village Ladies rue their missed chances

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Dromara travelled to the Billy Neil centre on Wednesday night, for a cup match against opponents they lost to in the league the previous week.

This was a much improved team effort, but a host of missed chances were to be their downfall in this narrow defeat.

The home side started the brighter in the opening minutes, but Dromara eventually settled down to work their way into the game.

Lucy Donaldson returned to her goalkeeping duties for this one, and had one early save to make.

Dromara’s best openings came when Dascalu was finding space down the right and was having the beating of the left back.

But on several occasions when it looked like she was in on goal, she was denied by the excellent sweeper for the home side or failed in her final ball.

At the back for Dromara Beth Donaldson and Mallon were excellent all night, well supported by McCrudden and Walsh in the fullback positions.

Lennon in the centre of the park was busy and was providing good service to Dascalu and the front pair of Rogan and young Macnally.

Another good chance came when Dascalu’s cross come shot fell to Rogan, she cut inside her marker but her shot was blocked again by the home sweeper and she managed to clear from just in front of goal.

So goalless at the break, but the visitors fancied their chances and they continued where they left off, and kept pushing forward looking for the break through.

Lennon had one shot flash just wide, and Rogan on a couple of occasions broke clear but her final efforts failed to find the target.

Devlin came on upfront for Macnally and she had the best chance of the match when Rogan squared the ball across the box, and from six yards her effort went straight at the keeper who managed to block, before the ball was again cleared in front of goal.

This was now looking like it was going to be one of those nights, and when the home side got a freekick midway inside the Dromara half, a ball was not cleared and a forward hit a shot goalwards which looked like the keepers but it managed to squirm through her hands and legs into the net.

This was bad luck they didn’t deserve, but they kept going, and forced a succession of corners and freekicks.Again their luck was out when Lennon’s corner was met by the head of Dascalu but her effort was scrambled off the line.

Walker came on for O’Hare who had put in a really good shift on the left, and Chambers likewise for the tiring McCrudden.

In the closing minutes Rogan again got in on the left but this time her great effort skimmed the crossbar with the keeper well beaten.

With the Dromara side throwing everything forward one breakout by the home side saw a shot well saved by Donaldson tipping it over the bar.

The final whistle went, with Dromara disappointed they didn’t get the result, but they all can be proud of the performances they put in for their new manager Owens.