Greencastle claimed the cup after a pulsating contest against Lagan Harps in the Ulster Women’s final. This was a quality game between two teams containing a number of underage internationals.
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Lagan started strongly with Irish u/19 player Amber Barrett causing the Greencastle defence problems with her strength and pace. On eight minutes she shot just over the top, before setting up Nikita Burke, whose well struck shot came back off the post. Lauren Harper then had a shot for Lagan well saved by Sarah Faulkner. Greencastle’s first real effort came on fifteen minutes when u/19 international Gemma Mc Guinness shot just over. Amber Barrett then forced a number of good saves from Sarah Faulkner as Lagan pressed. Greencastle then took the lead on twenty minutes when a long through ball found Sarah Jane Mc Donald who finished expertly. Gemma Mc Guinness then won possession and cut in to the Lagan area, but Niamh Mailey saved her effort superbly. From the resulting corner Emma Duffy did well to clear off the Lagan line. Lagan equalised on forty minutes when Caroline Gallagher set off on a strong run before finding Amber Barrett who put Lauren Harper through to apply a cool finish. Greencastle regained the lead five minutes in to the second half when Niamh Mailey spilled a long free and another player with international experience, Niamh Mc Laughlin, fired home the rebound. Greencastle went close again when a free from wide on the left by Shona Kelly struck the crossbar. Lagan pressed for the equaliser but Greencastle were always dangerous on the counter attack, with Emma Duffy pulling off some fine interceptions and Niamh Mailey pulling off some outstanding saves. With time running out Lagan grabbed the equaliser on eighty minutes. Bernie Cunningham did well to win the ball before finding Nikita Burke in The Greencastle area. Nikita did well to hold off a defender and finished superbly from a tight angle. With the crowd set for extra time Greencastle were awarded a penalty on eighty eight minutes. Shona Kelly had gotten ahead of Zoe Mc Glynn who slid in to tackle as she got her shot away. Niamh Mailey saved her effort but referee Eamonn Doherty pointed to the spot. Sarah Jane Mc Donald kept her cool to settle the contest. Although there may have been some controversy with the decision Greencastle had created the majority of the chances over the ninety minutes and deserved their win. Both goalkeepers pulled off some good saves throughout the match with Emma Duffy, Amber Barrett, Nikita Burke and Bernie Cunningham doing well for Lagan. For Greencastle Nicole Gordon and Marie Kelly at the back, Niamh Mc Laughlin, Gemma Mc Guinness and Shona Kelly did well.
Greencastle FC: Sarah Faulkner, Shannon Mc Donald, Nicole Gordon, Charmaine Mc Dermott, Marie Kelly, Niamh Mc Laughlin, Rebecca Henry, Roma Mc Laughlin. Shona Kelly, Sarah Jane Mc Donald. Gemma Mc Guinness. Subs: Eimear Lafferty, Blathnaid Mc Laughlin, Melissa Mc Dermott, Aisling Mc Dermott.
Lagan Harps: Niamh Mailey, Saorla Mc Garrigle, Nadine Crawford, Emma Duffy, Kaneisha Mc Kinney, Eimear Mc Clafferty, Lauren Harper, Nikita Burke, Caroline Gallagher, Amber Barrett, Bernie Cunningham. Subs: Emma Mc Kinley, Zoe Mc Glynnn, Sinead Dunne, Leanne Boyce,
Ulster u/14 girls final
Illies Celtic 1 Greencastle Fc 0
Illies claimed the Ulster girls u/14 cup after a hard fought encounter with Greencastle. The game looked destined for extra time when Shauna Mc Gonigle struck the winner from twenty five yards on sixty minutes. Illies had started strongly with Tammi Kerr forcing a good save from Niamh Mc Laughlin and Caoimhe Devlin shooting just over. As the half wore on Greencastle began to take over in midfield but found a solid Illies defence hard to penetrate. The second half was equally as tight with Shauna Mc Gonigle striking the Greencastle post on forty minutes. Michelle Mc Daid then went close for Illies, but Greencastle still threatened with Kerry Browne and Megan Harkin always a threat. However with the game dead locked Ria Mc Clenaghan and Danielle Mc Laughlin also impressed for Greencastle with Claire Doherty and Tammi Kerr aw well as goal scorer Shauna Mc Gonigle impressive for Illies.
Illies Celtic: Aoife Mc Colgan, Ciara Sweeney, Andrea Kelly, Claire Doherty, Patricia Grant, Alana Doherty, Shauna Mc Gonagle, Caitlin Devlin, Michelle Mc Daid, Caoimhin Devlin, Tammi Kerr, Subs: Bernie Devlin, Aoife Longwill, Leah Doherty, Megan O’Donnell.
Greencastle FC: Niamh Mc Laughlin, Danielle Mc Laughlin,Danielle Mc Dermott, Chloe Mc Laughlin, Meadbh Gillen, Ria Mc Clenaghan, Niamh Mc Donald, Ailish Harkin, Megan Harkin, Eimear Mc Laughlin, Kerry Browne, Subs: Emer Gillen, Kieva Mc Gonigle, Clare Browne.