The Donegal Women’s League finished ninth in the WFAI Gaynor Cup competition ran over the bank holiday weekend.
However the placing didn’t do the squad justice as they only lost one out of their five games. Losing the first game to Limerick County 2-0 was a big blow for the girls, however the picked themselves up for the next game later that evening and were 2-0 up at half time against Wexford with goals from Zoe Green and Amy Boyle Carr,
Wexford, though, rallied on scored two quick goals just after half-time. The Donegal girls found it hard to get out of there own half, and with minutes remaining Chantel Kelly gave away a penalty, which Sinead McCahill saved.
The next game was against Roscommon. The girls went in knowing that the result of the Wexford/Limerick game and them having to score at least the goals to get through to the main finals.
The final score in the Roscommon game was 3-0 to Donegal with goals from Danielle McDevitt, Jodie Walker and Shannon McLaughlin. However, the Wexford against Limerick game ended in a draw, so Donegal were in the 9-12 placing. Next they played Mayo, in a very tough game, with the goal of the tournament being scored. A long ball by Zoe Green found Amy Boyle Carr out on the right wing. Her cross was volleyed into the net by Caoimhe Walsh.
The last game was against Galway, which Donegal won 2 – 1, with Jodie Walker and Ciana Brogan scoring. Eleven of the players are still eligible next year, which is a promising sign for girl’s soccer in Donegal.
Donegal Women’s League
Glencar Inn League
Glenree United 0 – 1 Bonagee United
One goal was all it took for Bonagee United to leave Glenree United with the three points.
The first half was a cracker with the two teams trying to get the ball down. Danielle Doherty had the best shot of the half on the 35th minute when she chipped the ball up outside the box and volleyed the ball just inches from the post. Glenree were forced into a couple of changes early in the second half and took a while to settle back into the match. Bonagee took full advantage and piled on the pressure and got there rewards with a free kick 40 yards out. Denise Mc lhenny hit a fine shot but was well saved by Carla Mc Bride but the ball spilled out into the six-yard box and it was Annette Pearson that was first to react for an easy tap in.
Lagan Harps 10 – 2 Lagan Harps U-18’s
Experience told as the Lagan Harps side won comfortably against their U-18 team.
A long ball by Nadine Crawford found Eimear McClafferty at the edge of the box and she chipped the advancing Laura Crawford in goals. Then, Lagan went on a scoring spree with two each from Nakita Burke and Lauren Harper.
Zoe McGlynn picked up the ball at half way for the U-18’s and gave a through ball into Amy Boyd who was upended in the penalty box. The same player scored the resulting penalty.
Caroline Gallagher and Emma McKinley for Lagan finished the scoring in the first half to make it 7-1 at half time. Lagan finished their scoring with one more from Lauren Harper and two more from Nakita Burke. However, the U-18s got another goal back with Zoe McGlynn picking the ball up at half-way and rounded three Lagan players before finishing past Niamh Mailey. Best for Lagan Harps was Lauren Harper and Nakita Burke, which the U-18s was Laura Crawford and Zoe McGlynn.
U014 Arena 7 League
Glenree United 4 – 1 Dunfanaghy
The Dunfanaghy U-14 girls made the short trip to Glenree Park on Wednesday evening.
Dunfanaghy came sprinting out of the blocks and were a goal up after three minutes with a cracking volley from the edge of the box from Ciara McGarvey.
Glenree got the equaliser 10 minutes after when Caoimhne Heron broke through the Dunfanaghy defence and scored her first for the day. Heron got her second from an easy tap in to finish the half 2-1.
Glenree started the brightest in the second half and were 3-1 up after Lauren Carr got here first of the day with a pile driver. Heron got her hat-trick with 15 minutes left in the game with a shot from close range after a fine bit of build up work from the midfield.
Arena 7 U-12 Blitz
Swilly Rovers host Glenree United
Lagan Harps and Raphoe Town
Donegal Town host Letterkenny Rovers
Kilmacrennan Celtic and Finn Valley
Arena 7 U-14 Fixtures
Dunfanaghy v Kilmacrennan Celtic
Donegal Town v Lagan Harps