SBYL Under 14
Larne v Grove United Girls
It was certainly a different game compared to last week’s performance. Even though it took them a while to wake up, the girls were fighting hard. Both teams were lucky enough to go into the break level. The coaches read the room and told the girls to show more vigour, and thankfully they listened.
With our keeper Ailise making some crucial saves, we started to play football like a pinball machine, Sophie Jenkins made some impressive runs and earned herself a goal. Next up was Leah McPherson who scored a cracker. Chole Morrow, who is learning the game quickly and settling into the role of a striker quickly, neatly settled the ball in corner of the net.
All the players have improved massively since last week and the team continues to go from strength to strength.
Larne v Newhill
After playing some incredibly tough games this past month, the team was glad to see a fairly evenly matched-team this week. There was some great stand-out performances from the girls this week, with Mia Campbell barrelling the ball in the top corner and Orla Curneen being sublime on the ball to set up team mate Ellie McKnight to slot it in the bottom corner.
After a talk at half-time about confidence, the girls took this on board and battled on well, driving up the pitch and making some terrific passes.
Mia and Roxy both played well in nets to keep Newhill strikers out, who all had their fair chance to shoot. However, Eva McKee scored a great goal for Larne to finish off the game.
Larne v Cliftonville
This was a tough game from the get go, with some mistakes made at the back, but for the remainder of the match, the girls held their own, battling on until the end.
The girls will learn more about this in training, showing more discipline in exiting the defensive areas, to go on the rebound. A very physical game from beginning to end, the girls battled hard, but unfortunately, it wasn’t their day.
We saw some great goals from Ava and Annie, as well as great defending by Larah and an excellent work rate by Farah and Chloe.
2013 7-a-side V36
Larne v Linfield
This was a tough match from the get go for the girls, as Linfield hit the ground running scoring some easy early goals. However, the girls lifted their heads and were ready for the attack.
Rhiann had some great chances and was extremely unlucky to not have them converted. Our keeper Jessica, was brave in goal, making some excellent saves on the day. In the final third the girls shifted up a gear, playing the game entirely in the opposition’s half. The girls looking better than ever before, showing how they can take it on the chin and battle on, until the end.
Irrespective of the score-line at the final whistle, there was some great talent on show.
SBYL U17 Divisional Cup
Larne v Lisburn Rangers
A rock solid performance from a very young Larne team, coming away with a well deserved win from a wet and cold Hammer Community Centre. Dominating the game from the start, with the goals coming from Rachel Robinson and Eimear Ward, but with a late penalty in the first half, the game was closer than what the team wanted going into the break.
With some great football in the second half, the team continued to fight on with more goals from Alix Wilson and Rachel again.
Praise must also go to Poppy Restrick who was superb in defence, not letting up once. Leading by example, encouraging her own teammates and driving play up the field.
With Ailise McAllister and Leah Pherson making their debut for the team, it was obvious that they have the ability to make the step up, impressing all the coaches involved.