Bell and Dickey sizzle against Cookstown

Ballyclare Ladies v Cookstown Ladies at Foundry Lane. INNT 47-001-FP
Ballyclare Ladies v Cookstown Ladies at Foundry Lane. INNT 47-001-FP

Strikes by Kerrie Bell and Suzanne Dickey secured Ballyclare Ladies’ third league win of the season in a 2-1 success against Cookstown last Saturday.

Only 48 seconds were on the watch when team captain Dickey blasted the ball high into the net from a Bell pass.

The scores were level again midway through the first half when the Tyrone girls equalised following a quick counter-attack, but soon Bell regained the lead with a firm, low shot after linking with Jade Purdy.

Approaching the interval Dickey and Jaquie Hanley almost increased the lead, but their shots were blocked by the keeper.

Cookstown had the edge early in the second session, but failed to break down the home defence in which Gillian McMaw excelled at sweeper.

With Joanne Fox, Lorraine Ashcroft and Dickey prominent in midfield Ballyclare regained control, but despite fine approach play by strikers Hanley, Purdy, Bell and Kerry McLeod they were unable to find the net.

Club stalwart, Caroline Darragh, who has been sidelined for several weeks with a back complaint, made welcome return in this match via the bench.

Coach Paul Harvey said: “The second half performance was awesome. Crisp passing and good running off the ball had our opponents chasing the game, and the girls were well worth their win after losing in Banbridge last week.”

Ballyclare Ladies panel: S Coulter, G McMaw, V White, L Holmes, C McGookin, J Fox, S Dickey (C), L Ashcroft, K Bell, J Purdy, K McLeod, J Hanley, C Darragh.

The 3rd XI cemented their place in the top half of the Junior League Section 7 table with a 2-0 win against PSNI 2nd XI.