Ruddy returns to inspire Dromore to a vital Irish Cup victory

Dromore LFC in action. INBL1520-216EB
Dromore LFC in action. INBL1520-216EB

Niamh Ruddy returned from international duty and helped inspire Dromore to a stunning 3-0 home win over Portadown in the first round of the Irish Cup last week.

It was always going to be tight affair as the teams had drawn 1-1 a few weeks before in a pre-season friendly.

The home side won the toss and elected to play with the wind and the sun behind them.

From the first minute, Dromore went on the offensive and after missing several chances finally converted on 20 minutes when NI youth International Niamh Ruddy went through the Portadown defence to rifle an unstoppable shot into the roof of the Portadown net.

Dromore kept on the pressure and ten minutes later scored their second when a curling corner from Dede Brady was met by the head of Kerry Taggart and flew in.

The second half began as the last started with Dromore causing the away team problems. It wasn’t long before Dee Pearson fired home a volley from the edge of the six yard box that no goalkeeper would have saved.

The final whistle was met with cheers from a sizeable home crowd who provided fantastic support to the girls.

Dromore now face Craigavon City in the second round of the Irish Cup, ironically another team who Dromore played in pre season.

Whilst the result was a great lift for the club, it was marred by the news that new signing Sorcha Nugent had torn ligaments in ankle and would be out for a number of weeks.

Player of the Match went to Captain Tracy Orr.

DROMORE: McClements, Orr, Brady, Watson, Pearson, Gibson, Davis, Bruce, Douglas, Taggart, Ruddy.

Subs: Hughes, Nugent, Smith.