Tuesday, 5 September 2017

SILVERWARE FOR CITY thumbnailNEWRY City Ladies were crowned Mid Ulster Cup champions after defeating Lurgan Town by a whopping scoreline of 16-2.

THERE were mixed emotions for Newry City Ladies last week, who cruised to victory in the Mid Ulster Cup final against Lurgan Town Ladies on Monday, before crashing back down to earth just two days later, losing out on the Premiership title, in a final day showdown away to fierce rivals Linfield Ladies on Wednesday.

Newry showed no mercy against Lurgan Town, crushing their lower division opponents with an emphatic score line of 16-2, to retain the Mid Ulster Cup in style at Holm Park in Armagh.

But unfortunately on Wednesday evening against Linfield, Newry were unable to replicate the stunning form they showed against Lurgan Town, losing the title decider 4-1 to the Belfast Blues.

However, a major talking point after the Linfield game was Newry manager Stephen Hatfield's controversial decision to drop Newry 's star striker Celine Curtis and key midfielder Trudi Harbinson from the starting eleven for the season defining match.

Curtis is far and away Newry's highest goal scorer this season and showed her ruthlessness in front of goal with an amazing seven goal haul against Lurgan Town on Monday, while former Manchester City ace Harbinson was also on the score sheet against Lurgan Town and has been one of Newry's best performers since signing for the Showgrounds side at the beginning of the campaign.

Hatfield did however introduce the duo to the fray after half time, but by that stage Newry were 3-1 in arrears and had it all to do.

Speaking exclusively to the Democrat after the match Trudi Harbinson said: "It was a great performance against Lurgan Town, but unfortunately we couldn't carry that that through to the match against Linfield on Wednesday, we know we didn't play as well as we can.

"I think the manager shocked us all with his choice of team selection, so I think we were at a disadvantage from the off as it wasn't our strongest team. But credit to Linfield, they were the best team on the night and deserved their win."

Newry must now pick themselves up for the Irish Cup final this Thursday night, where they will face Sion Swifts in the showpiece final at Windsor Park. Harbinson says Newry will have to be back at their very best as they have failed to beat Sion in both their two league matches this season, but she says they will be going into the game with the belief that they can take the cup home.

"We 're all looking forward to it and really want to win it after the disappointing result against Linfield," she said. "We 're really out to prove a point now and show people how good we are. We're under no illusion as to how hard it's going to be but we're going into it with confidence, looking to set the tone from the start of the game."


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