Larne Youth Round-up: 23rd February

Feb 23, 2023 | Womens, Youth & Academy

U13 Girls

It was one of those days for the young Inver girls as they could not close out the victory despite dominating Carryduff in every facet of the game. Larne had over 20 shots on goal but a combination of their goalkeeper and the woodwork kept the ball out for much of the game.

The girls were slightly sluggish to get started on what was a cold morning but still controlled the ball and stopped Carryduff from getting any sort of foothold in the game.

It wasn’t until ten minutes to go that they took the lead but, after this, the girls seemed to relax too much and started playing some risky and sloppy passes. They almost saw it out until the end but with a minute to go, Carryduff stole in for an equaliser.

Eva McKee and Erica Ross were the two standout players this week.

U17 Girls

The U17s were on the wrong end of a solitary goal against Crusaders. Larne had most of the possession but could not get the ball in the et and Crusaders came away with the victory thanks to an excellent long-range strike in the last few minutes of the game.

Bethany Gibson had an excellent game at the back and always looked to play the ball out.

U11 Girls

A very pleasing display from the Inver girls that, unfortunately, did not translate into a victory. Larne started in the first half playing against the strong wind and kept it on the deck. After some patient build-up play, Sofia played an excellent cross into the back post where Gracie was waiting to finish.

After this, Barn used the wind and their tall strikers to their advantage. They sent long balls into the box which, for the most part, the girls were able to deal with. However, a couple of lapses in concentration during the aerial bombardment meant that the visitors turned the game on its head, taking a narrow lead.

The Larne girls kept playing, though and got an equaliser before half-time. Gracie got her second of the game to make it level at the break.

Both sides played hard for the winner in the second half and Mia in the Larne goal made some excellent saves. Neither side could find another goal despite the Inver girls dominating the ball again in the second half.

Bearing in mind that this Barn side came away with a big win just before Christmas here and now the girls were ruing missed chances and disappointed not to win the game, this shows how far this side has come.

As well as double-goal scorer Grace, Mia and Sofia were excellent.

U12 Girls

Both sides were evenly matched in the first half and Sophia Aiston had the first good chance of the game, saved by the Berlin Swifts goalkeeper. One minute before half-time, the visitors took the lead.

The second half started better for the Larne girls and Aiston got her goal to equalise. They played well for the rest of the half and pushed for the winner but Berlin got it in the end.

Ellie McKnight was the standout performer

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