Draw ensures Senior One safety

Jade Purdy of Ballyclare Ladies and Michelle Finlay of Larne Ladies chase the ball in their game at Greenland. INLT 16-004-PSN
Jade Purdy of Ballyclare Ladies and Michelle Finlay of Larne Ladies chase the ball in their game at Greenland. INLT 16-004-PSN

Larne Ladies got the point they needed to ensure Senior One safety after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ballyclare. Larne opened the scoring with an excellent goal from Leah Craig from a penalty corner half way through the first half and held the lead until half time .

Ballyclare came out determined in the second session and capitalised on some confusion in the Larne circle with an early equaliser. But, from then on, Larne kept things tight and when the final whistle went they breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Supporters on both sides enjoyed an exciting game and although Ballyclare were obviously disappointed at facing a play-off. But there is no doubt that if they play the way they did on Saturday they should be more than capable of retaining their Senior 1 status.

Larne: T Neill, R Dalton, G Russell, A Ogilby, L Craig, G Rennix, R Dalton capt. C McIlwaine, K McIlwaine, D Henry, M Finlay, I Carmichael, L Snoddy, J Spence. Coach: Andy King

The Thirds travelled to Lisnagarvey for the Minor Cup final against Queen’s Thirds. It was a great occasion, especially for the younger girls.

Larne were under no illusions about the threat Queen’s posed. The students are two leagues above them and went into this game unbeaten with 86 goals to their credit.

The Larne girls put up a spirited performance but Queen’s were firmly in the driving seat with three first-half goals. Larne had chances of their own but fired shots narrowly wide of the post.

In the second half Larne were pulled a goal back thanks to a real rocket of a shot from Kirsty Neill, but Queen’s got a late goal just to seal a 4-1 victory and the Cup.

Larne III: C Morrow, R Dalton R Henry, L Liddle capt. R McIlroy S Russell, A Snoddy, J Spence, T Neill, C Blair, F Hamill, T Martin, J Wilson J Moore K Neill, S Russell. Coach: William Blair.

The club has two players, Julie Wilson and Ann Snoddy, representing Ulster Veterans this weekend in Dublin. Larne hosted a three-hour training session for the Ulster squads on Sunday at the High School pitch and would like to thank Larne Borough Council for providing the facilities. Everyone at Larne Ladies wishes Ann, Julie and the rest of the team every success in the inter-pros tournament.

Meanwhile, First XI captain Ruth Dalton has been selected for the Ulster Ladies Junior squad. She will travel to Dublin on April 27 to join the side in an inter-pros tournament

Fixtures: Ballymena 4th XI v Larne 3rd XI (1pm) Saturday, April 20; Under-15 plate match: Lisnagarvey v Larne (6pm) Friday, April 19.