Causeway Chronicle

Lorraine marks comeback with Player of the Match accolade

Lorraine McConaghie never thought the day would come so soon when she would be pulling on a pair of football boots again.

Lorraine suffered a fractured pelvis in a freak injury just over nine months ago on her first season back in the game following a long battle against an earlier injury.

Despite being told she would never play again, Lorraine fought back against the odds, got herself fit again, spent months building her strength back up to competitive level and was once again enjoying being back playing.

But, in a cruel twist of fate, Lorraine suffered another injury in the opening exchanges in last season’s Women’s Cup final playing for Ballymoney United Ladies.

In typical determined fashion, she overcame surgery, began training again and this week was back in action for Ballymoney Ladies against Belfast Ravens. Not only was Lorraine back in action, but she turned in a Player of the Match performace, receiving her award from Match Referee Simon McKay at the final whistle.

Lorraine is an example for all others in the game to follow. Never say never, determination and hard work can help overcome the most difficult obstacles and return to the game she loves.

Apart from playing, Lorraine also helps train and run the highly successful Stranocum Youths Football team.

Tommy Docherty presents John Marshall with a match ball for tonight’s match Ballymoney Utd Ladies FC v Belfast Ravens FC.

Brian Kane hands over Sponsorship to Ballymoney Utd Ladies FC player Lorraine McConaghie on behalf Gk Fabrications for tonight’s match agains’t Belfast Ravens

William McConaghie

William McConaghie