Amy helps Carrick Ladies complete double over Priorians

Carrick's Lois Passmore pushes upfield in the match against Priorians. INLT 03-410-RM
Carrick's Lois Passmore pushes upfield in the match against Priorians. INLT 03-410-RM
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Carrick Ladies successfully completed the league double over Priorians on Saturday with a 3-0 win.

Goals from Amy Cross (two) and Julie Oliver secured the win for Neil McConnell’s side.

For the most part of the opening half of this fixture however, Priorians looked capable of preventing Carrick from finding the net and scoring themselves.

But right on half-time a penetrating run by Emma Nichols took her to the Priorians bye-line and her narrowly angled cross skimmed upwards off a defenders stick falling perfectly for Amy Cross to net for Carrick.

Priorians never seemed to recover from this late first-half strike and for most of the second half it was Carrick who dominated the game.

Cross struck again 15 minutes into the second period, taking her personal goal tally to seven for the current season.

And five minutes later, Oliver repeated her penalty corner exploits of the previous weekend when she hammered home an unstoppable shot through the Priorians’ defence.

With the game now effectively beyond them, Priorians decided to throw caution to the wind. A brief period of pressure on the Carrick goalmouth saw goalkeeper Karen Nelson and her defence deliver a series of breathtaking saves and blocks as the visitors piled forward in attack.

But the Carrick defence held firm and the match ended in a 3-0 win to the home side leaving them with an outside chance of yet mounting a late attempt to force themselves into a top-three finish in Senior Two.

Carrick Player of the Match: Kelly Waide.