Larne Ladies still searching for first victory of season

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Senior 1: Larne Ladies are still searching for their first league win of the season after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at North Down.

First-half chances were limited for both sides but it was North Down who managed to find that little bit extra to break the deadlock just before the interval.

Despite going a goal down, Larne came out fresh at the restart.

Some good passing play resulted in a couple of half-chances but the home defence held firm.

As the game opened up, Larne began to create a little more but failed to capitalise.

North Down made sure of the win when they converted a penalty-corner with about 10 minutes on the clock.

Larne: T. Neill, N. Kempton, R. Beggs, R. Dalton, L. Snoddy, G. Rennix, G. Russell, A. Mcfall, S. McGookin, T. Maguire, C. Greenwood, Z. Purdy, R. Gray.

n There was no such trouble in front of goal for Larne Ladies’ Seconds who cruised to a 5-0 win over Lurgan Ladies III.

Jackie Spence got the first goal after an excellent run and defence-splitting pass from Beth McVeigh.

Dee Wallace used her pace to Larne’s advantage with a super run down the right and a firm cross resulted in sub Tracey Martin scoring Larne’s second goal with her first touch of the match.

Anne Snoddy converted the penalty flick to give the home side a comfortable lead at half time.

The second half started with Lurgan pushing forward but Larne’s defence continued to be strong with some excellent tackles and interceptions.

A player of the match performance from Laura Colborn restricted the visitors to their only chance of the game which was confidently cleared by Caroline Morrow in the home goal.

Larne continued working well together as a team and their sustained pressure resulted in a further two goals from Spence, giving her a very well-deserved hat-trick.

Team: C Morrow, A Snoddy, L Colborn, K Neill, J Wilson, R McIlwaine, P Crawford, L Booth, D Wallace, J Spence, B McVeigh, T Martin, C Blair, J Birkett.

Other result: Larne III 0 v Derg Valley II 1.

Fixtures: Banbridge v Larne; North Down II v Larne II; Lisnagarvey IV v Larne III.