The Ulster Elks edged to a 1-0 win away to Ards at the weekend.
The Jordanstown girls showed their determination from the opening minute as the game quickly became an end-to-end affair with both teams intent on getting the opening goal.
Ards created the first meaningful chance when Chloe Brown jinked her way through the opposition defence but Elks stopper Rebecca Davidson was equal to her effort.
Soon after Ards had a string of penalty corners, but were still unable to beat Davidson and her defence, while at the other end the students had efforts saved by Ards goalkeeper Naomi McKnight sliding out to deny Louise Wright.
With half-time looming it was Elks’ Gemma Frazer who broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when she found a pocket of space in the Ards circle and managed to release a reverse-stick shot before goalkeeper or defender could make a telling tackle. The resulting shot hit the inside of one post, and rolled across to the other post before crossing the line.
The second half was a much more one-sided affair with Ards applying heavy pressure to try force their way back into the points.
The Newtownabey side did have scoring chances, however, with Belfast High School pupil Jessica McMaster unluckyily not quite catching her shot. A Caroline Adams own goal was also scrubbed out when the lifted cross was adjudged to be dangerous.
Davidson then produced a string of saves and Frazer cleared one off the line.
On Saturday (November 30), the Elks face ‘Garvey in the Irish Senior Cup second round (1 pm, Mossley).