RAPHOE LADIES scored a big away win on Saturday to maintain their excellent Senior 1 form. Ballyclare 1 Raphoe 4
Katy Love bagged a brace in the second half with Rachel Buchannan and Kimberley Porter netting in the first period.
Raphoe started off strong by scoring within the first two minutes.
Arlyne Kilpatrick drove down the right line, using her speed and skill to push through Ballyclares defense as Rachel Buchanan became free for a pass.
Buchanan powered the ball into the D finding Kimberley Porter who slotted it past Ballyclare goalkeeper convincingly.
Raphoe dominated play in the first half with a lot of solid passing across the back to interact with the midfielders.
Centre midfielder Esther Hume made use of her supporting network, Lyndsey Tinney and Sarah Patterson to switch the play from left to right.
The second goal came from Katy Love receiving the ball from a long corner by Kilpatrick. She switched it to Leanne Patterson who dribbled her way past the defensive tackles into the D, reverse passing the ball to an eagerly awaiting Buchanan on the post who smashed it past the keeper.
Ballyclare came into form at the start of the 2nd half, to win a short corner. Buchanan made an attempt to clear the ball wide however a free Ballyclare player picked it up to take her chance to shoot past the Raphoe keeper, opening the half with a goal to upset Raphoe.
Raphoe reacted quickly, as both Patterson and Kilpatrick worked hard to win short corners, resulting in a long corner to find Katy Love in the D who reversed a clinker of a shot past the keeper, giving her no chance to react.
Raphoe went down to 10 players, after Shannon Porter was handed a green card.
Ballyclare started creating space down their strong side to find their centre forward looking to challenge the goalkeeper Denise McElhinney.
McElhinney cleared the ball to save any upset for Raphoe. However, Ballyclare were quick on the long corners and challenged Sarah Boal and Vicky Wray who had to team up on several occasions to push the attacking force out.
Raphoe were quick on the attack after Leanne Patterson won a free in the Raphoe half. She quickly nailed the ball to a free Sabrina Barnett on the other side of the pitch. Barnett and Buchanan fed the ball into Love who slotted her second goal home to end the game 4-1 to Raphoe.
Raphoe 2nd XI also had a convincing win against Dromore 4th XI, winning 3-0 with goals from Liffey McKinney, Kirsty McKinney and Leanne Patterson.
Next week Raphoe host Premier league side Dungannon in the Presidents Cup at pm at the Royal and Prior School grounds. All support will be appreciated.
Player of the match was Arlyne Kilpatrick
Raphoe: Denise McElhinney, Victoria Wray, Lyndsey Tinney, Arlyne Kilpatrick, Sarah Boal, Shannon Porter, Esther Hume, Sarah Patterson, Rachel Buchannan, Kimberly Porter, Sabrina Barnett, Leanne Patterson, Katy Love,Tags: