The girls continued their good start to the league campaign with a brilliant win over Albert Foundry. Doubles from Sophie Aiston and Teagan Gribben were rewards for the team who dominated possession for much of the game.
It was all the more pleasing for the coaches given that the team had girls playing in new positions with some regulars missing due to illness. The girls played some great football and, but for the woodwork and some great saves by the Foundry goalkeeper, could have had more.
As well as the two goalscorers, Eva McKee and Erica Ross were standout players.
A tough game for the Larne girls against a good Sandy Row team. Sophia Hamill had a couple of good chances with one just wide of the post and the Sandy Row ‘keeper stopping the other.
The girls were brave and tried to play out from the back but it wasn’t their game to win on the day. Goalkeeper Macy Brennan was excellent in goal pulling off some great saves and Luci Brownlee had a good game too.
A superb display from the girls saw a flurry of goals in a fantastic win over Aquinas. Larne controlled the game from start to finish and played some slick, free-flowing football. There was chance after chance and was a real team performance from the girls.
The goals were well shared around with Dee Kenny scoring a hat-trick while Alix Wilson and Chloe Morrow bagged a brace each. Eimear Ward and Taylor Davis also got on the score sheet and Leah Pherson rounded off proceedings with a screamer from 25 yards.
Pherson and Leah Wilson were stars in midfield. They controlled the game with physicality, energy and technical brilliance. Neither put a foot wrong all day. A mention must also go to the girls at the back who were solid all day and, while the attackers may have stolen the headlines, they kept things watertight and came away with a clean sheet.
A see-saw affair saw Larne and Cliftonville share the points in a draw. Cliftonville took the lead from the penalty spot before Mia Snoddy equalised with a cool finish after outpacing the defence. This left it level at half-time before Cliftonville retook the lead, only for Morgan Beattie to get another leveller straight from a corner!
The Inver girls actually thought they had a late winner after a shot bounced down off the underside of the bar only for the referee to wave away the Larne protests, saying it had not crossed the line.
A special mention must go to Eimear Ward who was an emergency goalkeeper for the day and showed a safe pair of hands and good distribution.
The Larne 2014 girls were winners of their age group tournament which was hosted at the Larne Academy of Sport. Congratulations to the girls and a thank you to the organisers of a very well-run tournament.