Dromore Ladies earn fine win to progress to Cup semi final

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BookPeople sponsored Dromore Ladies made the long journey to Limavady on Wednesday night in the quarter final of the Divisional Cup.

On a pitch described by the home team as “a ploughed field” the away team took some time to settle and adjust to the pitch.

Early exchanges were spoilt by the pitch but Dromore with the sun at their backs went on the offensive with half chances falling to the lively front three of Bruce Taggart and Hughes.

Limavady, who have been struggling in the league, looked to break quickly and their centre forward and left back caused the away defence early problems with their pace.

In the centre of the park Davis, Gibson and Kelly were struggling to get on top of the Limavady midfield and particularly their centre midfielder who was influencing the game to the home teams advantage.

At the back for Dromore captain Tracy Orr marshalled her defence and keeper Emma McClements wasn’t called into action.

The first half passed without either keeper making any significant saves.

At half time the Dromore management team made a few changes putting Kelly on a marking role against Limavady’s play maker in midfield and encouraging Davis and Gibson to use their skill to push Dromore on.

The second half began with the away team taking early control, they began pushing Limavady deeper to defend on the edge of their own box and at last Davis and Gibson started to run midfield.

Right back Debbie Douglas began to use her pace and gave the forwards support from the right side of the pitch.

Ten minutes in young Niamh Ruddy replaced Hannah Hughes with Jill Bruce coming wide right and Niamh going left. Dromore didn’t have long to wait to break the deadlock, a corner from Orr was directed towards goal by Gibson and on hand was Dee Pearson to poke the ball over the line.

The goal had been coming as Dromore kept the home team in their own half from the first whistle.

Ruddy and Bruce were now running freely at the home defence and creating chances for the ever willing Taggart.

With Dromore now well on top the second goal came and what a goal it was.

Gibson picked up the ball in midfield and played it left to Ruddy who cut inside the full back and from 25 yards unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Limavady net.

Limavady’s heads went down and only for some rash shooting Dromore would have scored more.

The final whistle brought an end to the game with Dromore progressing into the semi final.

Dromore team:

McClements, Orr, Pearson, Smith, Douglas, Kelly, Davis, Gibson, Bruce, Hughes, Taggart.

Subs Ruddy (replaced Hughes 55 mins) Young not used.

Manager’s player of the match went to captain Tracy Orr, who again was a rock at the back breaking up the home teams attacks and contributing to the all important opening goal.

This Wednesday, May 27th, Dromore return to league action against Limavady in the league with a 7.30pm kick off at Dromore Leisure Centre.

The Ladies are currently on a three game unbeaten run scoring scoring 9 goals and conceding nil.

Training will also continue at the Leisure Centre on Monday night all new players aged 14 and above welcome.

You can also follow the girls on the Dromore Ladies Facebook page for information about training and matches.