With the girls having a break from league action at the weekend, a friendly against St. Oliver Plunkett’s was arranged at Inver Park to keep match fitness going. The visitors came light in numbers meaning Larne gave them some players in order to ensure that we could still have a competitive match.
With the SOP team struggling for cohesion, Larne took advantage early on with some well-taken goals. However, the visitors did start to gel and when they did it became a much more balanced game with some good goals for both sides.
It was a good runout for both teams to stay fresh before competitive action returns. Aoibh McLaughlin was a standout player for the Inver Reds as she put in an excellent shift at right back and it was arguably the best we have seen her play all season.
As well as Aoibh, Chloe Morrow and Rebecca Hawkins scored a brace each.
The girls played a friendly against Barn United on a cold morning at Inver Park. The home side was much the better side early on but could not take their chances in the first quarter. Unfortunately, this dampened the girls’ spirits and allowed Barn to take the lead in the second quarter and double it in the third.
The girls did not stop, however, and kept plugging away gainfully. They were rewarded with a goal of their own through Emma after some good work down the wings. Unfortunately, the girls could not find an equaliser but it was a very encouraging performance. The Player of the Match honours went to Bailey who did everything that was asked of her.
It was another pleasing performance from the girls against a strong North Belfast team. They started very well playing some good football from the back but they fell behind against the run of play.
This was harsh on the girls but it did not stop them and they found the leveller from Mia Campbell who slotted home after good work in midfield. Larne had enough chances to score another couple of goals and, on another day, win the game but the honours were shared on this occasion.
It was a very pleasing performance and this team has many exciting things ahead of them. It was a tough choice with a lot of good performances but Jodie Stewart gets the nod for player of the game.
Larne went in at half-time a goal up after a keenly contested first period saw Morgan Beattie score the only goal of the half from the penalty spot. After the break, the Inver Reds began to control things more as they found success in the wider channels.
Beattie was unfortunate that she didn’t get a second as she hit the post with a well-struck shot but Katie Dalrymple sealed the victory with a calmly taken right-footed finish. Special mention must go as well to Mia O’Flaherty and Rebekah Robinson for their excellent performances.