We are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Max Hutchison on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old Englishmen has officially signed for the Inver Reds, having impressed Tiernan Lynch’s management team during several weeks on trial with the club.

Despite being young in age, Hutchison is no stranger to the professional game having gained experience during stints with Motherwell and most recently Waterford in the League of Ireland, before spending the majority of this pre-season at Inver Park prior to the move becoming permanent.

Naturally a central midfielder, the Essex-native has also featured as part of the defensive line during his trial period, most notably impressing on the right side of defence during the second half of our friendly against Hamilton Accies in Scotland and in a behind closed doors training game against Larne Tech Old Boys.

Hutchison then returned to the middle of the park against Championship side Annagh United, with the three outings plus impressive performances in training proving enough to make Tiernan Lynch make the move permanent.

Discussing his arrival at Inver Park, Max Hutchison said:

“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get going. We have a great bunch of lads who’ve made me feel welcome and it’s been really easy to settle in.

“The club compares very similarly to my time at Motherwell, in terms of the runs we’re asked to make and the style of play, which I think makes me suit what is expected at Larne.

“My aim is get minutes under my belt, as I say it’s a great opportunity and I’m just looking forward to the first game of the season.”

The Trustees of the Brighter Futures Community Fund Programme were delighted to support local racer Scott McCrory last month, providing a £500 donation towards competition costs.

The Larne-based motorcyclist took part in the Neil and Donny Robinson Memorial Race at Bishopscourt Race Circuit on the 16th and 17th July, sporting the Brighter Futures and Larne Football Club logos on his helmet as he competed in four races within the Supersport Pro Class.

Having never previously raced his Kawasaki motorcycle on the Bishopscourt circuit, the young rider improved in each race over the two days, gaining two P10’s and a personal best of P5.

Everyone at Brighter Futures wishes Scott the very best of luck with his future races and are proud to have been able to play a part in his exciting journey in racing.

“It’s great to be coming into form at the right time of the season.” Angela Buckley has been an ever-present between the sticks for Larne this season and has been the calming and reliable presence for the Inver Women as they approach the business end of a season that sees them in both a title race and in two cup competitions.

“We had a poor result against Ballymena straight after the break there a couple of weeks ago but to follow that with two wins is exactly what we needed and all of the girls are really pleased with our reaction.”

Since that defeat against the Sky Blues at Inver – which clearly stung players and coaches alike – William Noble’s side have defeated St. Oliver Plunkett in West Belfast to advance to the PWC Super Cup semi-final followed two days later by a 4-0 home victory over Foyle Belles. This put them level on points at the top of the NIWFA Championship table with their Shanes Hill rivals with just three games to go. Foyle will also be the opponents in the Super Cup semi-final at Inver Park on 15th August.

Buckley, who joined from Lisburn Ladies at the start of this season, says that she is enjoying her football more than ever this year.

“Lisburn have a great set-up and I did enjoy my time there but this is the most consistent run of games that I’ve had and the attention to detail that William (Noble), Gary (Hood) and Bradley (McAdam) put into training and matches is incredible.”

Buckley and her team-mates have two games this week, first travelling north to take on Coleraine in league action tomorrow (Wednesday) followed by an Electric Ireland Cup tie at home to Craigavon City on Friday.

Larne have made reasonably light work of the newly-promoted and youthful Bannsiders this season with an 8-0 success at home followed by a 14-0 win in the reverse fixture. However, the Larne number 1 says they will not be underestimating their opponents.

“We have been working hard in training and will not be taking Coleraine for granted, particularly at this time of the season where every game matters so much. We have seen all season that there are no easy games in this league.”

Likewise with Craigavon, who are four tiers below the Inver Women. They are, however, top of the NIWFA Division 4 with a perfect 10 wins from 10 and Buckley knows that they will be coming to Inver Park full of confidence and looking to cause an upset.

“Having a cup run in the Super Cup has been brilliant and we want another one in the Electric Ireland Cup so we will be full tilt against Craigavon. There is a real potential for a banana skin there if we aren’t 100%.”

Speaking in broader terms, Buckley is delighted with the coverage and support for the recently concluded Women’s Euros – won by England of course.

“It was incredible to see 87,000 at Wembley for the final and Northern Ireland qualifying for the first time was brilliant. I was so pleased for the girls, including my old Cliftonville teammate Marissa Callaghan.

Hopefully, it will encourage more young girls to play football and that you can play on the same sort of stage as the men. I remember going to football camps when I was younger and being the only girl! Let’s hope that the Euros can encourage the next generation.”

That is most definitely a sentiment to get behind and let’s all get behind the Inver Women on their title run-in and upcoming cup ties. It’s sure to be an exciting few weeks!

Linfield Summer Camp
Larne Girls 2 – 4 Linfield Ladies Swifts

The team dominated in the first-half, having battled hard and were rewarded with a 2-1 lead at half-time, thanks to two goals from Mia O’Flaherty.

Unfortunately, the Inver Reds were dealt a number of injuries and suffered in the second half. The Blues responding with three goals to win the game 4-2.

While fighting hard to score a late goal, and having flurries in the final third, they were unable to reduce the deficit.

To their credit, it was a fantastic performance by Linfield, being supremely clinical in the second half, stopping the Inver Reds in their tracks.

Special mention to Ailise McAllister who was superb in goals, with Lucy Urwin selected as POTM by the Blues.

Players of the Week:

  • Lucy Urwin (Def) – Never made a wrong step in the match, solid as a rock in defence.
  • Leah Pherson (Def) – Helping Lucy at the back, putting in a great performance as ever.
  • Mia O’Flaherty (Mid) – Produced two great goals, playing with enthusiasm from start to finish.

“We kept playing right until the end which was great.” Leola McErlane was one of six different scorers for the Inver Women on Wednesday night as they eased past Killen Rangers 8-0.

The striker was Player of the Match for William Noble’s side and spoke of how pleasing it was that they played their game through the 90 minutes.

“We played our style of football the whole way through, kept the ball on the deck and that was great.” she said.

“With the score running up, sometimes it’s difficult to keep your focus and things can get a bit disjointed but we kept playing and kept our focus right to the end.”

With five first half goals, the hosts had the game finished as a contest but McErlane was happy with how the team played in the second half.

She also commented on how the entire squad contributed to the impressive victory. With a bench of Megan McMurray, Elle Houston and Georgia Crawford, the depth of the squad is a clear asset.

She added: “Every girl contributed tonight and played so well. The momentum never dropped when the subs came on.

“We have only just come into the Championship this season and are putting eight and six (against Coleraine) goals past teams so we are showing that we’re here to fight and here to compete.”

Under 12s SBYL Semi Final

Larne v Bloomfield

The girls put 100% effort into this game but unfortunately it wasn’t their day. It was a cagey first half as both teams kept it tight while figuring each other out. Larne took the lead when Annie McCann scored from a corner but Bloomfield quickly equalised when we were caught in possession.

In the second half, Bloomfield moved into the lead through a deflected goal and found a third five minutes later. It was unlucky for the girls to concede twice so quickly. Larne pulled a goal back through Hannah Abram who pressured the defence and ran through on goal to finish well.

The girls were fired up and pushed hard for a leveller but unfortunately, Bloomfield found a fourth and decisive goal at the end. They sprung a counterattack and scored with just 5 minutes to go.

The coaches are immensely proud of their efforts this season and know that there is more to come.

Lisburn League

Larne v Hillsborough

This was a fantastic all round performance from the girls with two well-taken goals from Mia O’Flaherty and Alix Wilson. Those goals were enough to secure a well deserved victory. The match was played in a great sporting and competitive spirit. Both teams were praised by the referee who said it was the best game he was involved in this season.

Under 16/17 Girls

Larne took on a tough and physical North Belfast side in the semi-final of the Divisional Cup at the Hammer Rec. The girls started on the attack and Morgan Beattie was on hand to slot in early on. Larne continued to press throughout the second half and Rachael Robinson sealed the win with a tremendous drive from 25 yards. This win put them through to the final against Comber.

The final took place on Friday at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Larne set up in an attacking formation and had some great approach play. They ran out of deserved winners with goals from Morgan Beattie and Mia Snoddy.

On Sunday the goal was winning the South Belfast Youth League. They went into the game knowing that a win would seal a league and cup double. They pulled off the fine feat and ran out comfortable winners thanks to goals from Rebecca, Mia, Jodie, Morgan and Rachael

Lisburn League

Larne v Crusaders Strikers

The girls were a bit rusty and found themselves behind at the break against the physically imposing Crusaders side. However, after a rousing half time team talk and a formation adjustment, the girls came out firing. They got their reward when Alix Wilson thumped in a freekick. The future looks bright if they can maintain that level of performance.

Player of the week- Chloe Morrow

Larne U11s v Larne Boys 2013s

The boys were faster to the ball and more physical but the girls put up a strong challenge. They played a progressive style of football with plenty of passing moves. The girls grew into the game and were performing well towards the end. There are plenty of positives to build on.

Player of the match- Ellie McKnight

Larne 2012s v Barn United

It was a hot morning at The Valley for the last game of the league season. It was a tight contest in the first third with Barn going ahead and Larne quickly equalising. It was a well-worked team goal which was rounded off by Mia. It was honours even in the second third but the final period went in Barn’s favour. Larne wasted a few good opportunities and Barn was able to capitalise and see the game out.

Player of the match- Alise Dunce

Larne 2013s v Linfield

This was a difficult morning for the team against tough opposition with two of the thirds being very tightly contested. Larne defended well in the first half against a series of Linfield attacks. However, they took the lead after a fine strike. Although their lead didn’t last long as Annie found an equaliser.

Larne took their eye off the ball in the second third which Linfield took advantage of. It was one sided and the girls failed to create any meaningful chances.

There was a spirited fightback in the final third as the girls got stuck into their opponents. Linfield managed a lucky ricocheted goal and scored through another brilliant strike, unfortunately. Larne kept going and played the ball forward to trouble the Linfield defence. This was a massive improvement and the girls deserved to get more goals.

Player of the match- Ava Steward

South Belfast Youth League

Larne 3-2 Aquinas

Larne continued their winning streak but they had to work hard for it. Aquinas was quick off the mark with an early goal that caught Larne off guard. It wasn’t long until Larne equalised through a corner with a header from Morgan Beattie. The girls began to play great football and created space for Jodie to score the second goal. The game slowed down in the second half largely due to the heat on the day. The girls switched off and gave Aquinas time to build attacks and score an equaliser. However, Larne bounced back to find a late winner with a strong finish from Jodie.

Players of the match- Mia Snoddy and Jodie McCourt

Under 12 Friendly

Larne v Santos

The girls started slowly and found themselves behind inside the first 10 minutes. After this, they recovered and began to play some good football. Their first goal was a thunderbolt from Teagan. Larne continued to pile on the pressure but got caught on the counterattack after a defensive mix up which allowed Santos to score.

The Larne girls came out fired up in the second half and got plenty of shots away but weren’t clinical. The girls had 15 shots in the second half alone but the Santos keeper made great saves. Larne finally got their second when Sophie finished from a tight angle.

Player of the match- Isla Taylor

Saturday 14th May Matches

Larne U11 Whites v North End United

This was a great Friday night of football from the off as the girls played great football throughout. The new girls also showed great signs of improvement. Chloe performed well in goal and produced some excellent saves. There was fantastic link up play between Gracie, Amber and Ellie which led to plenty of chances being created. Sophia played well throughout, making some great tackles and threading delicate through balls.

Player of the match- Amber O’Toole

SBYL U11 Cup

Larne v Rosario

Unfortunately, the Larne girls exited the cup at this stage but they took an early lead through Amber O’Toole. However, Rosario quickly came back into the game and their central midfielders began to dominate. It seemed like they covered every inch on the pitch. Larne gave their all and nothing more could have been asked of them. There is a lot to work on but the girls deserve praise for how much they have improved.

Team of the week nominations- Macy Brennan, Amber O’Toole and Holly McKeen

 

SBYL U12 Cup

Larne v Crumlin

This was a fantastic performance from the girls and they were dominant despite just winning by a single goal. They played with high intensity from the first whistle, pressing all over the pitch and playing with width. Crumlin could not get out of their own half.

Larne created chance after chance but was unable to make the breakthrough. Imogen Taylor, Sophie Aiston and Teagan Gribben all came very close. Erica Ross and Annie McCann were a constant threat down the flanks and put in great balls.

The defence wasn’t too busy but they were capable when called into action. Jodie Ferguson marshalled the defence well and Gemma Stranney and Isla Taylor did well in the full back roles.

Crumlin held on until Eva McKee nipped in and calmly finished past the keeper into the bottom corner.

Lisburn League

Larne v Hanover

This was an entertaining evenly matched game that showed plenty of encouraging signs. The girls led at half-time thanks to a hat-trick from Alix Wilson  Hanover levelled in the second half but Larne regained the lead thanks to another goal from Alix. Larne controlled most of the game until Hanover found an equaliser right at the last minute.

Player of the match- Alix Wilson

Larne Under 11s Carniny

This was an end to end the game with plenty of goals for both sides. There were brilliant displays from the defence and attack with the girls getting to play in a variety of positions. It was good for them to get experience across all areas of the pitch. Nearly all of the team managed to get on the scoresheet.

Player of the match- Gracie Hodge

Friendly- Larne U11s v Carniny Under 12s

This was a tightly contested game with lots of quality from both sides. Larne started off well with plenty of passing and they were confident on the ball. Faith was particularly impressive at left back. Carniny began to utilise their physicality and got two goals against the run of play. Larne created plenty of chances but was unable to find the net. It was a similar story in the second half with great hard work from the midfield. A goal eventually came that was finished well.

Player of the match- Faith

Larne 2012s v Ballyclare Comrades

This was an extremely tight game against the Comrades. The first third was close with Roxy making some great saves and she was helped by a strong defensive showing. The defence and midfield worked hard to quell an aggressive Ballyclare opening. Despite Larne’s best efforts, Ballyclare scored a fine goal from 8 yards out.

The second session was end to end with Larne taking the lead through Roxy who slotted in off the post. Both teams created chances and Ballyclare managed to find an equaliser to level the session.

Alise went into goal for the final session and Ballyclare’s keeper was also in fine form. Larne whipped in a number of crosses that their keeper dealt with. However, the keeper was beaten with five minutes to go when Roxy crossed for Orla to score with a great lob.

Larne Women take on Comber Rec at Inver Park tonight, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm in what will be our third competitive game of the 2022 season. Take a look at the information below before heading to the game to ensure that you make the most of your midweek matchday experience.

Tickets and Stadium Access & Parking

Tickets are not required for tonight’s NIWFA Championship opener. While entry into Inver Park is free, the option of donating any amount that you wish towards our women’s football operations will be available.

During the game, spectators can watch from either the Landmark Underwriting Main Stand or the Landmark Underwriting Terrace. All other sides of the stadium will be closed, and we ask that anyone in attendance avoids these areas in the interest of health and safety.

There will be no parking facilities open inside Inver Park tonight. Those in attendance should park in the areas surrounding the stadium while being mindful of local residents while doing so.

Half-time Entertainment & Mascots

We welcome our U11 Academy side to tonight’s game as mascots, who are set to walkout with the team ahead of the 8pm kick-off. The young players will also take part in small-sided games during half-time, giving supporters something to enjoy at the interval.

Stadium Facilities

The kiosk inside Inver Park will be open this evening to serve soft drinks, teas and coffees, alongside the Dream Spanish Homes Agnew Lounge, which will also be serving the before mentioned drinks and alcoholic beverages. The Lounge will be open throughout the game, with an excellent view of the pitch on offer while you enjoy your beverage.

The Inver Reds

Tonight marks the start of the Inver Reds’ NIWFA Championship campaign. The fixture follows two emphatic Challenge Cup victories in recent weeks, and William Noble’s side will be eager to make it three wins from three games in order to build some early momentum in their new division.

New signing Hollie Johnston, who arrived this week from Crusaders Strikers, will be eligible for selection and could make her debut in front of the home crowd.

Larne U11/10s v North End

Plenty of goals in this tough game for the girls, as the attacking partnership of Amber and Gracie, saw them score two goals each.  The team can take many positives away from this game, as the goalkeeper Niamh and player Maci Wilson showing great improvement.

Player of the match: Chloe – even though she is new to football she has shown great tackling ability with this only her second game in the team.

Larne v Rosario

Larne struggled to keep a clean sheet in this game, with Rosario able to make runs past our defence, but the girls made a big difference in the second half with fantastic play by Ellie, who was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. Macy made some crucial saves in this game, her efforts were noticed by all the coaches involved.

Larne 2013 v Ballyclare Comrades

Ballyclare took an early lead, scoring two in the first half, but just before half-time Jessie buried a goal in the nets to make it 2-1, showing strength and skill in doing so. Determined to not to be defeated, the Larne team dominated the second half, with great corners by Charlie, and passing ability by Jessica.

Player of the Match: Jessica Spence – it was hard to make a choice, with great performances, but Jessica stood out with great technique on and off the ball

Larne 2012 v St Mary’s

The girls showed determination and will to control the game throughout, with goals from Roxy, Orla, Anna Mia and Jodie. In the second half, the girls let two goals slip past them by St Mary’s catching them off guard. Though despite the opposition showing great flare while on the ball, the defence made short work of the attack.

Player of the Match: Orla Curneen – with her great passing ability and dribbling, she was able to find space and make the best use of it.

Larne U16s v Bloomfield

In this friendly on their week off, the girls showed great attacking threat and purpose on the ball, as they were able to slot five past the defence, with goals by Mia, Katie and Morgan.

Some of the standout players on the day was Abby Quinn who was sensational on and off the ball.

Jane Hagan – showed great improvement as a tenacious leader.

Larne U11s v North Belfast

This was a game of two halves as the team dominated the first half with only a goal to show for their hard work. In the second half, the girls struggled as the defence faltered. The keeper Hallie made some good saves but it did not help the attacking ability of North Belfast.

Player of the Match: Hallie Stewart

Lisburn League

Larne Girls v Crusaders Strikers

Throughout the match, the girls gave a great performance, unlucky to go through to the final but each player played phenomenally. While they were unlucky to concede from two free-kicks in the last minutes of the game, the players showed great character, given for some of the players this is their fourth or fifth game of football.

Player of the Match: Leah Pherson – Didn’t put a wrong foot throughout the match, class performance throughout.

Larne 2012s v Barn

Larne faced Barn on a rainy Friday night and it took a while for the girls to get going. They stood off from tackles and gave the opponents too much time on the ball. Erin performed well in goal, making several important saves.  There was a marked improvement in the second session with plenty of shots at the Barn keeper. However, their keeper was also in form and was alive to many of Larne’s efforts.

Players of the match- India Wilson and Erin Hughes

Larne U11s v Bloomfield

This was not the best of days for Larne largely due to a depleted squad. They were short of 3 players which had a significant impact on the game. Bloomfield was quicker to the ball and their keeper was in great form. The Bloomfield keeper’s kicking ability also caused a number of issues for the Larne defence.

Player of the match- Eva Whiteside

Larne 2013s v Ballyclare

This was a brilliant game of football on a very hot morning. The first period was evenly matched with both teams seeing plenty of the ball. Larne got stuck in against a strong Ballyclare team who were physically bigger. Ballyclare had the better of the second third, they were allowed to pass the ball at will which Larne paid the price for. There was some improvement in the final third as they began closing down and chasing the ball. Annie scored late on with a fine strike.

Player of the match- Evie Addis

Larne U11s v Ballymena

This was a tough game against Ballymena on Friday night. Larne made space when they had the ball and were composed with their passing. However, the girls struggled with the balls that were being put in by the opposition. There are lots of positives to take away and the team were happy after the game.

Player of the match- Jodie Marcus

Larne 2013s v Cliftonville

The girls put in an excellent shift on a sunny morning. They came out of the blocks quickly and were impressed with their pressing game. They did not allow Cliftonville time on the ball and scored twice in the opening third. The second third began with the same high level of intensity. Their defensive shape and awareness off the ball were impeccable. Everything they learned in training seemed to click on the day and the final third was more of the same.

Goals from Rhea x3, Jess, Bailey, Ava and Jessica

Player of the match- Rhea Todd

Larne 2012s v St. Matthew’s

This was a great performance from the girls, the first third was evenly matched with positive attacking play from both teams. Mia made a fantastic clearance and followed it up with a screamer. Roxy also tipped a brilliant strike onto the bar. There was an unfortunate defensive lapse that allowed St. Matthew’s to score.

However, after conceding the girls kicked into action once more. Larne dominated the attack and created numerous chances in the last 10-12 minutes. Roxy scored two more great goals and could have had more.

Players of the match- Bella McCambridge and Roxy Robb

Larne Under 16s 3-1 North Belfast

This was a good result for the under 16s in a difficult and intimidating arena. Larne dominated possession from the beginning and scored three goals through Jodie, Rachel and Rebecca H.

Players of the match- Jane Hagan and Kacey Stewart (GK)

Lisburn League

Larne 3-0 Santos FC

This was a solid performance from the girls who came out of the blocks quickly and were 3-0 up after 15 minutes. There were two well-taken goals from Alix Wilson and a cool finish from Cara Noble after a fantastic team move. The girls stayed in control for the remainder of the game but a combination of missed chances and good goalkeeping from Santos prevented them from adding to the tally.

Player of the match- Cara Noble

Larne v Carniny

This was a great end to end match with lots of goals at either end but Larne eventually came out on top. The attacking duo of Amber and Gracie linked up well throughout the match, as did Faith and Sophia who battled hard. There was brilliant passing from Jodie and Maci, the progression the players are making is clear to see.

Player of the match- Niamh (Goalkeeper) for her enthusiasm and determination

Larne 2012s v Ballyclare Comrades

This was a difficult game for the girls who have been in fantastic form recently. Both teams made a slow start in the first third and it was Ballyclare who narrowly took the lead. Ballyclare took a foothold in the second period and capitalised on some mistakes from Larne. In the final third there were some near misses from Ruby and Roxy before Mia lobbed the keeper. The main focus going forward is to work on closing down the opposition.

Players of the match- Roxy Robb and India Wilson

Larne 2013s v Cliftonville

The girls worked well from the start and their only flaw was being exposed at the back and allowing Cliftonville to get shots away.  Larne created plenty of chances but was unable to convert their opportunities whereas Cliftonville was clinical. This was a very good effort from the girls who also had to deal with some knocks throughout the game. There were encouraging signs defensively and they will continue to work on their finishing in front of the goal.

Player of the match- Ava McAllister

Larne U11s v Ballyclare

Everything seemed to click for the girls in this game as they got their first win at The Valley. They started slowly in the first half and it took 10 minutes for them to get into their stride. The first goal came from Karis who has now scored two weeks in a row. They continued the pressure with Eva, Paisleigh, Isla and Kacey getting on the scoresheet before half-time.

Larne made some changes in the second half but the standard of play remained high. Passing combinations were prioritised and some goals had 5 or 6 passes in the build-up. They got the ball out wide and worked it across the other side of the pitch. It was a brilliant performance all round from the girls.

Player of the match- Karis Aicken

Team of the week- Eva Glenn, Paisleigh Baird and Kacey Clarke

Larne 2012s v Carrick Rangers

After a slow start, the Larne girls clicked into gear and were dominant against Carrick Rangers. The training is all coming together and improving their performances. Their first touches were brilliant and they were quick from restarts, making good use of throw ins. Their movement was fantastic and it created plenty of space for attacks to be launched. The strength of their challenges has increased and they can deal with bigger girls. The only goal they conceded to Carrick was a screamer from 30 yards out. However, Larne ran out comfortable winners with plenty of girls getting on the scoresheet.

Team of the week- Mia Campbell

Larne under 11s v Ballykeel

This was a tough friendly game for Larne against a physically imposing Ballykeel side. They found it hard to get a foothold but showed great fight and determination throughout. Gracie and Sophia Hammill showed great skill on the wings but were unable to get shots away. It was a difficult contest but one they can draw plenty of positives from.

Player of the match- Holly McKeen

South Belfast Youth League

Larne under 16/17 v Aquinas

This was an assured and accomplished performance from the Larne girls who were comfortable victors. There were some great team goals and brilliant build up play through the thirds. Alix and Anna stepped up from the under 14s and played very well.

Team of the week- Sophia McFaul and Abbie Quinn

Under 11 Developmental

Larne v Crusaders

The girls took a while to grow into the game against a strong Crusaders side. They conceded early and were unlucky to concede again on the brink of half time. It was a different story in the second half as Larne clicked into gear and began to have the physical edge. Paisleigh played a great through ball for Karis to score. They kept pushing and were unlucky not to get more goals. The main positive from the game is that they were able to compete physically as well as tactically.

Team of the week- Paisleigh Baird

Under 12s South Belfast Youth League

Larne v H and W Welders

After a slow start, Larne grew into the game by the opening 15 minutes. The visitors took the lead but Larne responded well and used it as motivation. Sophie Aiston scored from distance and Imogen Taylor scored shortly after coming off the bench. Larne made a sloppy start to the second half and the visitors got another goal. However, Sophie Aiston replied quickly with another goal from distance.

Player of the match- Lisa Norris

Player of the week- Hannah McClenaghan

Lisburn League

Larne 4-1 Hanover

The girls should be very proud of what they achieved in this game, the effort and teamwork they produced were commendable. It was by far their best performance of the season. The goals were all screamers, 2 from Alix Wilson, Mia O’Flaherty and a 20 yard curler from Anna Clark.

Players of the match- Ailise McAllister and Sophie Jenkins

Larne FC Women are delighted to announce the arrival of Katie Wilgar from Belfast Celtic Ladies.

Katie, a right-sided defender, brings experience to the squad having enjoyed previous stints with Comber Rec, who competed in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership last term.

Manager William Noble is pleased to add more top level quality to his team ahead of the Championship kick-off.

He said: “I am delighted to get Katie signed up for the forthcoming season. Katie brings a wealth of experience to the squad and she has already made an impact in training.”

Katie, herself can’t wait to kick-off her Inver Park career.

“I’m delighted to sign for the Larne,” she said.

“Having spoken to William it was clear the intentions of the club were in a good place and have ambitions to be successful. That’s something I want to be a part of and I can’t wait to get started!”

Photographed above: Under 11s

Larne 2012 Girls v Grove

A depleted Larne squad took on a physically imposing Grove side on a miserable morning weather-wise. Despite this the girls played well and defended brilliantly, they got the ball forward quickly from throw-ins also. The Grove keeper made a number of quality saves and Larne was unable to get past her. It was a really gutsy performance in the cold and rain and the girls were unlucky not to get a win.

Player of the match – Jodie Stewart

Larne 2013s v Ballyclare

It was a miserable morning but the girls did not let that deter them. It didn’t take long for Larne to settle into their groove and take control of the game. Anna and Devone scored two great first-half goals to put Larne in the lead. Ballyclare came out fighting in the second half but the girls were able to hold their own. It was an end to end battle towards the end but Larne battled and held on for a victory.

Under 11 SBYL

Larne v Ballywalter

This was a super game from the girls who got off to a quick start when Sofia crossed for Gracie to finish at the back post. This set the tempo for how Larne would play and dominate for the rest of the game. Amber scored 3, Ellie in midfield found the net twice and Sophie grabbed a goal. It was a well-deserved win for the girls who gel well together as a team.

Player of the match – Amber O’Toole

Larne v Lisburn Youth

This was a fantastic performance from the girls who gave 100% from the first whistle. It was only their 3rd match together but they are growing in confidence and belief. Mia O’Flaherty, Alix Wilson, Chloe Morrow with 2 and Clare McAleese were the goalscorers. The hard work in training is beginning to pay off.

Players of the match – Chloe Morrow and Maggie Deller

Under 11 Developmental

Larne v Ballyclare

The girls had to endure tough weather conditions with a strong wing and heavy rain. They played into the wind in the first half and found it hard to get out of their half. Ballyclare scored in the first half all from distance with two of their girls able to smash the ball past the keeper. The Larne girls had the wind in the second half and played well but could not convert their chances.

Player of the match – Karis Aicken

Under 12s

Larne v Crumlin

The girls found it hard to get going in the first half with many players being forced to play in new positions. They began to press harder in the second half, closing down the opposition well. Larne hit the post, the side netting and had shots blocked off the line. Annie McCann was a goalscorer on her birthday. On another day they would have scored more but they were unlucky in front of the goal.

 

Larne 1-2 Castlewellan Town

The girls will feel this is a game they could have won but unfortunately they missed a few chances. The only Larne goal was scored by Alix Wilson. Despite the result, it was a strong performance on a far from the ideal playing surface. There are plenty of encouraging signs to build on.

Player of the match- Mia O’Flaherty

Larne 2012 Girls v Barn 2012 Girls

This was a massive improvement from the 2012 girls in an evenly contested match. They were structured and passed and moved well, putting some great moves together. Mia and Jodie scored a couple of late goals at the end of the first session. The contest was very close and competitive with Larne rising to the challenge of the physically imposing Barn side. They fought hard as a team and dug in to defeat a strong opponent.

Larne U11 Developmental v Barn

The girls performed well in the first half with some good passages of play. Their good form saw them take the lead in the first half but the opposition eventually grew into the game and was allowed to get more shots away. Larne’s keeper also made some excellent saves throughout the game.

Player of the match- Elle Carson

Larne 6-1 Comber Rec

This was a much-improved performance last week with goals from Mia Snoddy, Hawkins and McCourt. Morgan Beattie scored but also picked up an injury in the impressive victory.

Larne U9s v Crusaders U9s

The girls continued their good momentum by holding their own against a physical Crusaders side. The girls played the ball wide into space which they had been coached during the week. The game was evenly balanced with strong defensive work and great forward play. Mia scored a brilliant goal and the Crusaders keeper was forced to make some brilliant saves.

Player of the match- Anna McAleese

Larne U12s v Rosario U12s

The work rate from the girls was fantastic and they never stopped the whole game despite being half the size of the opposition. Due to some absences, it was a makeshift team but they produced a sterling performance despite the circumstances. There are a lot of positives to take from the game that can be built on for the future.

Player of the match- Lisa Norris

Larne U11s 4-0 Ballyclare U11s

This was a very strong performance from the girls after a sluggish first 10 minutes. However, they soon found their rhythm and passed brilliantly while controlling possession. Sofia Hammill scored two great goals whereas Holly McKeen and Luci Brownlee were also on the scoresheet. The team are starting to gel and the future bodes well for them.

Player of the match- Luci Brownlee

Larne 1-2 Castlewellan Town

The girls will feel this is a game they could have won but unfortunately they missed a few chances. The only Larne goal was scored by Alix Wilson. Despite the result, it was a strong performance on a far from the ideal playing surface. There are plenty of encouraging signs to build on.

Player of the match- Mia O’Flaherty

Larne 2012 Girls v Barn 2012 Girls

This was a massive improvement from the 2012 girls in an evenly contested match. They were structured and passed and moved well, putting some great moves together. Mia and Jodie scored a couple of late goals at the end of the first session. The contest was very close and competitive with Larne rising to the challenge of the physically imposing Barn side. They fought hard as a team and dug in to defeat a strong opponent.

Larne U11 Developmental v Barn

The girls performed well in the first half with some good passages of play. Their good form saw them take the lead in the first half but the opposition eventually grew into the game and was allowed to get more shots away. Larne’s keeper also made some excellent saves throughout the game.

Player of the match- Elle Carson

Larne 6-1 Comber Rec

This was a much-improved performance last week with goals from Mia Snoddy, Hawkins and McCourt. Morgan Beattie scored but also picked up an injury in the impressive victory.

Larne U9s v Crusaders U9s

The girls continued their good momentum by holding their own against a physical Crusaders side. The girls played the ball wide into space which they had been coached during the week. The game was evenly balanced with strong defensive work and great forward play. Mia scored a brilliant goal and the Crusaders keeper was forced to make some brilliant saves.

Player of the match- Anna McAleese

Larne U12s v Rosario U12s

The work rate from the girls was fantastic and they never stopped the whole game despite being half the size of the opposition. Due to some absences, it was a makeshift team but they produced a sterling performance despite the circumstances. There are a lot of positives to take from the game that can be built on for the future.

Player of the match- Lisa Norris

Larne U11s 4-0 Ballyclare U11s

This was a very strong performance from the girls after a sluggish first 10 minutes. However, they soon found their rhythm and passed brilliantly while controlling possession. Sofia Hammill scored two great goals whereas Holly McKeen and Luci Brownlee were also on the scoresheet. The team are starting to gel and the future bodes well for them.

Player of the match- Luci Brownlee

Larne v Ballyclare

The girls moved the ball well from the start and attacked from the first whistle. The team performed well as a unit, dominating the play and controlling the game. A few different girls went into goal and they all made some fantastic saves.

Player of the match- Farrah Wilson

2012 Girls v Crusaders

It was a bitterly cold morning for the Larne girls who performed well in freezing rain. The cold definitely had an impact as it took a while for them to grow into the game. Despite that, the result was close with Mia scoring two goals. There were also strong performances from the defence and goalkeeper.

The player of the match was shared between India Wilson and Emma Rogan. India made great runs forward and was always thinking two steps ahead. She was looking for the passes and shooting opportunities whilst making great tackles.

Emma had a great game at both ends of the pitch. She was great in possession and had an amazing work rate.

Larne Under 10s

Larne v Carnmoney

The girls had a point to prove after their last match with Carnmoney and they performed well. Larne came out fighting and took an early lead through Gracie Hodge. They fought for every ball and everyone put in a great shift. Larne caused Carnmoney plenty of problems with fantastic passing through the midfield. Gracie and Sofia were constant threats down the wing and Amber O’Toole’s fantastic scoring streak continues. She scored a hat trick with some great finishes. Ellie McLean and Holly McKee worked well in midfield whilst the defence of Luci, Eryn and Sophia formed a brilliant unit. Macy Brennan made some outstanding saves and kept Larne in the game when they were under pressure. It was a great performance on a cold and wet morning.

Players of the week- Gracie Hodge, Sofia Hammill and Luci Brownlee.

Under 11s

Larne 4-3 St. Mary’s

The Larne girls fought well for another win at The Valley. It was an end to end game with both teams creating chances. The Larne girls took the lead through another long-range effort from Sophie Aiston. This was followed by another thunderbolt from range to give Larne a 2-0 lead. St. Mary’s pressed hard to get into the game with Anna Grace making some good saves on her debut. St. Mary’s got a goal back and it was 2-1 at halftime.

In the second half, St. Mary’s pressed very hard as they tried to get back in the game. Larne held out and hit them on the counter-attack with Paisleigh Baird getting a goal after a great run holding off two defenders. St Mary’s hit back quickly to make it 3-2. Sophie Aiston got her 3rd after a great run past several defenders and slotting low into the bottom corner. With a couple of minutes to go St. Mary’s got there 3rd but the Larne girls were able to hold on to get the win.

Great performance from the girls on a very cold morning with some girls making their debuts and some only playing their second match.

Player of the match- Hannah McClenaghan

2012 team

Larne v Berlin

This was a tough game against a much bigger and physically imposing Berlin side. There were positive moments but the girls often struggled with the strength and pace of the opposition. Larne did get forward and managed to fashion some good chances. It was a tough day for the defence but Anna made some great tackles against much bigger girls.

Team of the week- Ava McAllister and Mia Campbell

Under 10s

Larne v St. Mary’s

Larne made a slow start on a cold morning and found themselves behind. The low sun proved difficult but it didn’t stop Macy Brennan from making some great saves. The girls stayed positive and played some great football. Larne continued to press in the second half and got a goal through Amber O’Toole. Towards the end of the game, Amber also got two more goals.

Players of the match- Macy Brennan and Eryn Wilson

Under 11s

Larne 5-2 Carnmoney

The Larne girls played some fantastic football in this great performance. They were on the front foot from kickoff and put Carnmoney under pressure. Larne made the pressure tell with some early goals with Sophie Aiston getting a hat-trick. The goalkeeper and defence had a steady game, restricting Carnmoney to a few chances. There were more goals from Hannah and Paisleigh in the second half. New player Kacey also had a great debut and fitted well into the team.

Players of the match- Erica Ross and Sophie Aiston

2012s

Larne v Ballykeel

It was a tough game for the 2012 girls against a fast and aggressive Ballykeel boys team. The girls enjoyed a good ten-minute spell and were all over the opposition. However, they leaked a few goals due to lapses in concentration and some long shots.

The second half was better as the girls were faster and stronger on the ball. There was a positive play from the defence and in the attacking third. They know that they could have held their own a bit better with more aggression and concentration.

Player of the match- Mia

Under 12s

Larne v Glen United

There were exciting passages of play and good creativity throughout from the girls. Their interplay in the final third created good chances and they were able to produce efforts on goal. Without some great saves from the opposing keeper, the scoreline could have been so much different.

There is a noticeable improvement amongst the squad and their understanding of the game. Their confidence is growing along with their willingness to take players on.

Under 9s

Larne v Carnmoney

It was a mixed bag from the under 9 girls against Carnmoney. Whether it was the weather or the late start to the game, Carnmoney just had the rub of the green.

However, the girls eventually found their form and clicked into gear. They displayed all that they’ve learned throughout the year, defending hard, looking for space and making runs. There was very positive attacking play. Mia scored a hat trick and Ruby was a rock in defence.

Players of the week- Mia Campbell and Ruby Noble

Under 10s

Larne 6-3 Carrick Girls

This was a great performance right from the off for Larne. They went straight on the attack and hit the post early on. Carrick scored against the run of play but Larne responded. Sophia was a constant threat down the right-wing and put in some great crosses. With all the pressure and good football, the girls soon found themselves in the lead with 2 goals straight after each other from Sophia and Holly. Unfortunately, Carrick equalised just before halftime with a deflected goal. Eryn marshalled the Larne defence well and 2 great performances from the two Evas in defence.

Larne took control in the second half, 4 goals came from Amber, 2 from Ellie, and one for Sophia. The girls worked tirelessly and deserved the win.

Player of the week- Ellie

Under 11s

Larne girls started the 1st half very fast and had 5 or 6 chances to score and couldn’t find a way past the Crusaders’ goalkeeper.

Crusaders scored 3 quick goals in 10 minutes as the Larne girls dropped their heads a bit after not converting their chances.

The girls in the second half made more tackles and got stuck in and it paid off when Lisa Norris scored the first goal followed by Sophie Aiston and Eva McKee to complete a great comeback. In the last kick of the game, Sophie hit to post to nearly winning the game 4-3. Very proud of the girls to bring it back to 3 each.

The Larne girls showed great spirit to come back in the second half and get something from the game.

Player of the Match-Lisa Norris

 

Under 9s

Larne v Ballymena United

This was a solid performance from the Larne girls as they pressed well throughout. They moved the ball through midfield and created lots of chances. The players focused on moving the ball into wide spaces and created numerous chances from that approach. The goals came from Roxy, Orla, Emma, Mia, Jessie and Annie saw Larne come away with the win.

Under 10s

Larne v North End

On Friday night Larne started well taking an early lead through Amber but the North End boys quickly bounced back. They took their couple of chances and finished them well. The Larne girls then stepped it up a gear with great passing, communication and general teamwork. Amber scored another 3 and Luci also got her name on the scoresheet.

A special mention to Ellie and Maci who performed well in their first match. They worked hard and never looked out of place for the whole match. Pennie from the under 9s also did a great job helping out in defence.

Player of the match- Amber O’Toole

Under 10s

Larne v Carnmoney

In a physical game at The Valley, Larne battled well but found themselves a few goals down at half-time. The girls regrouped at halftime and came back stronger, limiting Carnmoney’s chances.

Special mention to Eva Glenn who was brilliant in her first match.

Player of the week- Sofia Hamill

Under 11s

Larne 2-4 St Mary’s

The u11’s played a bigger St Mary’s team and were a bit intimidated and never really got into their stride and play their normal game.

The Larne girls went ahead with an OG from early pressure. St Mary’s equalised shortly after and took the lead just before halftime.

In the second half the Larne girls came out and pressed a bit further up the pitch and got a goal from Eva McKee who converted from a corner.

With the sun in the Larne keeper’s eyes for the second half, St Mary’s started shooting from distance and got a couple of goals.

It could have been a few more but our Goalkeeper was in great form and made 3/4 great saves in the second half and was the deserved Player of the Match.

Player of the Match – Hallie Stewart

Under 12/13s

Larne 2-4 St Mary’s

The Larne girls again started slow and were not switched on from the start and found themselves 2-0 down.

New player Mia scored 3 goals before halftime to make it 3-2 at the break.

In the second half the Larne girls were a different team and started to dominate the game. With Sophie Jenkins, Cara Noble and Maggie Deller coming close to scoring. There was constant pressure from the Larne girls which Lisburn couldn’t keep up with. Mia scored two more from close range to get five on her debut.

The performance from both halves was night and day.

2013 Team

Larne v Carnmoney

An energetic performance from the 2013 girls as they defeated Carnmoney. The team are beginning to show real game awareness when in possession, their work-rate off the ball was fantastic. They didn’t give Carnmoney a second to settle on the ball.

There is a great base of players developing at this level, everyone performed well in their role throughout.

A strong showing from the whole team but special mentions to Bailie and Annie who chipped in with goals

South Belfast Youth League Friendly

Larne 1-0 St. Mary’s

This was a great match played at a frenetic pace from the off. Neither side gave away an inch in the early running. Larne battled for every ball on what was a cold and windy afternoon. They didn’t back down in the challenges against a physically imposing St. Mary’s side.

After some great build-up play, Larne took the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken goal from Rebecca Hawkins. Larne tried for and came close to a second but one goal was enough for the victory.

Player of the week- Lucy Urwin (Defence)

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