Raphoe Ladies 1st XI travelled to Portadown in hope to continue their strong performance from their opening game against CI – and came away with an excellent win thanks to Wendy Patterson’s double.
Portadown 0 Raphoe 2
Both teams are strong contenders to succeed well in the Ulster Senior Cup.
From the onset of the first half, both sides started strong with solid and consistent passing throughout the half.
However, deep into the first half Raphoe began to gain an edge on their attacks, with a short corner and strong movement from the forwards, Lisa Smyth and Katy Love.
Raphoe took the lead with a well-read interception from Lisa Patterson resulting from a tight set up.
Lisa Patterson played a through ball to Lisa Smyth who found Wendy Patterson on the left post and she slotted right past the keeper to gain lead going into the second half.
Coming into the second half, Portadown fought hard to find an equaliser with a few consecutive short corners.
However, Raphoe’s defence worked well cohesively with the keeper Heather Humphrey to ensure the ball was cleared from the defensive line.
As the game progressed, Raphoe stepped up their intensity to secure their lead with sharp passing, strong movement and smart set ups, resulting in strong attacking plays for Raphoe.
They consistently solid Portadown keeper maintained a one-goal lead with quick reactions to deny Leanne Patterson’s strike on goal.
However, Raphoe persisted to dominate possession with Victoria Wray and Sabrina Barnett utilising their quick and strong passes to find spaces down the lines.
Raphoe were finally rewarded their deserved second goal with a great ball to Arlyne Kilpatrick from the defence, who beat her marker to find Lyndsey Tinney in the centre.
Tinney passed a quick ball upfront to Zara Tinney who travelled into the D making a strong pass across the goal-line, awaiting a well-timed run from Wendy Patterson, deflecting past the keeper.
Raphoe secured their second win in Senior cup to hold a strong position going into their next game against Armagh on Tuesday 25th September.
Raphoe: Heather Humphrey, Arlyne Kilpatrick, Victoria Wray, Sabrina Barnett, Janice Nelson, Lyndsey Tinney, Wendy Patterson, Zara Tinney, Leanne Patterson, Lisa Smyth, Katy Love, Jasmine Tinney, Emma Harpur, Julie Wilson, Rebecca Wauchope