Larne Youth Round-up: 1st March

Mar 1, 2023 | Womens, Youth & Academy


Two hat-tricks got the girls a fantastic victory over St Mary’s. Those goals came from Ava and Emma with the former of those getting two quick-fire goals at the beginning of the game to give Larne confidence. St. Mary’s did strike back with an excellent long-range effort to halve the deficit but Emma got the first of her three just before the break to reestablish the two-goal lead.

In the final quarter, the visitors made some changes and came at the hosts strong but Emma completed her hat-trick to seal the game. St. Mary’s got another back but Larne kept playing their football getting the ball out wide and created plenty of chances that went begging. However, Ava secured her treble to round off the scoring for an impressive victory.

To top it off, the defence held watertight but players of the game honours must go to Ava and Emma while Arriane is the team of the week nomination.


Larne began the game pressing high against St Matthew’s and were rewarded eventually with Teegan Gribben’s well-taken goal after 15 minutes.

Imogen Taylor led well from the defence as Larne played the ball out from the back and stuck to their gameplan against a robust St Matthew’s side. Gemma Stranney and Erica Ross linked up well on the right side and fed the front line well but a lack of composure in front of the goal and some good saves from the goalkeeper kept a narrow win.

It was a well-deserved win with good all-round performances but Gemma Stranney takes POTM honours. Erica Ross and Imogen Taylor make team of the week.


The girls came away from Whiterock with a great victory that was made all the more impressive as the hosts raced into a two goal lead early after a slow start from Larne.

This jolted the girls into action and they started to play better football and biting into tackles. They pulled one back through Roxy Robb’s smart finish and Sofia equalized before the break.

Roxy got her second after the break to complete the comeback before Amber and Orla put the finishing touches on the game.

Credit must go to all of the girls from the back three who were solid and composed in possession. In midfield, the girls were creative with the ball and busy without the ball. The forwards made their backline work every time they had the ball. Team of the week – Roxy Robb.

2014 White

Most of the girls were playing a year up from their usual age group and in their first game at ‘the cages’ at the Valley Leisure Centre fared very well against St Mary’s.

The girls played hard and their dribbling and passing skills were excellent. POTM Chloe McNally.

2014 Blue

A very pleasing win in ‘the cages’ against Linfield who were not intimidated by their surroundings or opposition. A good spread of goals across the team and solid defense led to a great win. POTM Yasmin Aiston


The girls came up against a much more experienced Glentoran side and, despite taking an early lead, came up short in a hard fought friendly. Alix Wilson opened the scoring only for Glentoran to strike back with a couple of goals.

Despite having their backs against the wall for much of the game, the Larne girls battled hard and the coaches are extremely proud of their performance. They kept themselves very much in the game and their work-rate was infectious throughout the team. POTM Sophia Manning

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