U17 SBYL Divisional Cup Group 1 Final

Larne v SOPFC

It was a real test for the girls against a physical and determined St. Oliver Plunkett side. For most of the first half the game was played in and around the centre of the park, with some gruelling challenges and battles being waged, as neither side created very many chances.

After changing formation in the second half, opting for a five across the middle, the Larne girls injected more tempo into their play and finally gave some width to their game.

With fifteen minutes left to go, a pinpoint cross from Riley Harrison found the clinical right foot of Katie Dalrymple and the game was settled.

After topping the group the team is now through to the semi-final.


Larne v Dungoyne

This was a hard-fought performance by the girls. From the get go, there were tackles, crosses, and runs up the wing from each side, but with few chances to score. Larne’s best opportunity came when Sofia was unfortunate not to break the deadlock, although both teams were well-matched.

Into the second half of the game, we started to slip giving more chances to Dungoyne. Special mention must go to Amber O’Toole and Holly McKeen who both played exceptionally well. The team will take the draw and come back again stronger.

After a break for the half term school holidays, it was back to action for our youth teams. Take a look below to see how they are progressing, in this week’s edition of the Youth Round-up

SBYL U17 Divisional Cup

Larne v Aquinas

It was all the Larne girls’ way in the first half, with Rachel Robinson leading the attack as per usual. Complimented by Morgan Beattie and Alix Wilson rounded off the goal tally with some superb finishing.

Special mention must go to the back three of Morgan Hanna, Rebekah Robinson and Riley Harrison, who played with complete confidence.

The second half was a more subdued affair with the team taking their foot off the pedal which allowed Aquinas to seize the opportunity to pull back a late consolation goal, but the game was never in doubt. Our under-17’s now find themselves top of the table by two points, with three games to go.

U12 Valley

Larne v Ballyclare

A great performance by the girls, with some excellent attacking football being played. In the end, they were unfortunate to come away with only a draw. The team continues to grow week by week, coming together and really supporting each other.

This week the team continued to drive the play up the pitch for the second half, with some great passing by Mia, Ellie and Chloe.

While it was disheartening at the time for the team, the girls will regroup and come back stronger knowing they played well.


Larne v Sandy Row

The girls started off well and were unfortunate in the second half to concede a goal. They have made some real progress since last week. The girls simply ran out of steam in the second half, meaning they weren’t able to press as hard as they had been, making life hard for our goalkeeper. Conceding some unlucky goals, the team’s defence still looked strong with some great work shown by Faith and Paisleigh.

Our team will be able to take this game on the chin and come back stronger next time.

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.

Under 12/13s

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.

2013 7-a-side

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.

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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.

Larne 2012 vs St. Matthew’s

On a cold morning the girls seemed to show an unusual lack of desire to commit to tackles, which plagues them for the rest of the sessions. While it was a goalless draw in the first session, the girls still defended well, but still sluggish in getting the ball up the field. Going into the next session, the girls utilised more of the field, with the girls breaking the deadlock with a great strike by Mia.

The final session saw two great goals by our Roxy, but also saw St. Matthew’s equalising, all from temporary lapses in defending and from changes in players being subbed on. While there are plenty of positives to take away from the game, with some great battles by Bella and Molly, and goals from Mia and Roxy. The girls will need to work om their tackling and pressing on the ball, but all will come in time.

SBYL Under 14

Larne vs Lisburn Girls

From beginning to the end the girls controlled play, with no player ever setting a wrong foot. Cara Noble and Lucy Urwin were simply fantastic in defence. From the goal scorers, we have Jodie Ferguson with her sublime hat-trick, Clare McAleese pushed into a defensive midfield position scored a cracker, Leah Pherson slotting a couple in, with Maggie Deller and Aoibh McLaughlin getting a goal each.

It was great morale raiser for the team, now it’s time to settle down and prepare for what’s next.

2013 7-a-side

Larne v Cliftonville

It was great day for the girls at the Valley today, with plenty of chances and tackles from the girls to go up 1-0 in the first session courtesy of Bailey.

Going into the second session it was all Larne’s way, with a great work ethic from the team. With some crunching tackles, some players maybe went too hard for win and sustained a few bruises. Jessica was able to sustain our lead going into the third session.

With some new blood being subbed on from Cliftonville the girls saw themselves more under attack and feeling the pressure. In the end the girls stayed cool calm and collected to see out the win with another goal from Bailey. A fantastic match from the girls against tough opposition.

SBYL Under 17 Divisional Cup

Larne vs St Oliver Plunkett

It was a feisty match up by two tough opponents, but unfortunately it wasn’t Larne’s day.

An on-going issue for the girls, they were slow to start and saw them selves go 1-0 down, but quickly enough the team woke up and the fight was on. An impressive free kick by Rachel Robinson was met by a Morgan Beattie’s header that settled neatly in the bottom corner.

With a decision going SOPFC’s way, the girls saw them go down again by a penalty. Though the team wasn’t done yet, with ten minutes remaining, the clinical finishing of Francesca Agnew were able to equalise. A tough game of football for both team, finishing a point each.

Despite the goals that were let in, Riley Harrison was simply superb in defensive, going for every tackle, who with Rebekah Robinson setup a rock solid partnership.

The captain Rachel Robinson, put in a great shift, driving the whole team forward and let up for a second.

SBYL Under 12

Larne vs Dungoyne

A fantastic shift today from the girls that saw them go ahead early on, with a good finish by Eryn Wilson. Having worked on her finishing in training, it was great to see her comfortable slot the ball in the bottom corner.

Going into the break the girls talked about being more ruthless upfront, were in the first half the girl would have maybe passed, instead of shooting on goal.

With some good runs by Sofie, Gracie and Holly on the wing. A corner kick came in, with Luci reacting quickly and her shot came off the Dungoyne defender and went in. All credit due to the opposition, they continued to battle on, Paisleigh, Luci and Faith had to work hard to defend against their attacks.

A toughly fought battle, girl had to fight for their 3 points.


Larne v Barn

Larne v St Mary’s

In the first session of the day, a more physical Barn side showed great possession on the ball and out muscled the Inver Reds. Though going into the second half the girls shifted up a gear and saw great improvement in play, making the pitch bigger and picking their battles. While it was still a loss, the girls showed great character, taking the loss on the chin after the game.

For the second session, the girls faced St. Mary’s. They took the first game as a lesson learnt, heading into the second game with confidence. With superb goals by Anna and Annie, it was a good matchday for the girls heading home.

Under 17s SBYL Divisional Cup

Larne vs Belfast Swifts

A comfortable win for the girls from start to finish. To their credit, the Belfast Swifts’ defence was stubborn in the second half, toughing up greatly and proving to be a much improved side.

With Mia Snoddy and Morgan Beattie returning from Northern Ireland call-ups, the pair worked like machines and were comfortable on the ball, not letting up.

Goals in this one came from Alix Wilson, Francesca Agnew and Anna Clark, all showing supreme finishes.

This win will give the girls confidence for the future

It has been another busy period for our Girls Academy, with an action-packed week for each age group. Below we take a look at the key moments.

Under 17 Friendly

Larne vs Glentoran

It proved to be a dominant performance against the East Belfast opposition. Under the management of Tommy Elliott, the girls never put a foot wrong throughout the match with goals coming via a spirited Katie Dalrymple, a clean finish by Dee Kenny and the scoring rounded off through Francesca Agnew and a new trialist, Ellen.

Some notable mentions from the match go to Anna Clark, who won each and every tackle as well as showING great control on the ball and an all-round fantastic performance. Poppy Restrick and Eimear Ward were also star performers, as they covered the park and refused to give the opposition an inch.

Under 14 SBYL

Larne vs Dungoyne Girls

The ball took its time to fall for Larne in this one, with chance after chance, save after save, as the  Inver Reds just couldn’t seem to find the breakthrough. Pressing throughout the game, their efforts were rewarded when a sublime pass from Teagan Gribben found Jodie Ferguson and she finally put the game to bed.

Under 12

Lisburn vs Larne

It was a slow start for the team in a game which saw them fail to utilise the full size of the pitch. Improving as the game went on, the team were worthy of a draw but ended up undone by some crucial errors to lose this one.

Hopefully, the team can take these mistakes on the chin and improve next week. As ever, Larne goalkeeper Macy Brenan made some critical saves between the sticks.

Under 13 SBYL

Larne vs Crumlin

The team continued their great start to the season with a brilliant performance. From the start the Inver Reds never let go of possession, creating some great chances. Our first goal came from Sophie Aiston when she saw her first shot saved but slotted it in the bottom corner from the rebound.

For the rest of the game, the girls kept pressing, with some brilliant runs by Jodie, Karis and Erica but were made to wait before closing out the game as Sophie secured a second goal from the edge of the box. An all-around great game for the team to go on from.

2012 7-a-side

Larne v Crusaders

The opening period of this game was all Larne, but they were unable to convert their play into an advantage. Going into the final third of the match the girls mixed it up well to out muscle the physical Shore Road side. All in all, it was a great game of football for the Inver Reds.


Larne U12s vs Sandy Row

It was a tough game for the girls, that saw them defeaged by Sandy Row Girls. Dominated the midfield, the team controlled the game from beginning to end.

While our defenders, Eryn and Luci, kept battling as hard as they can, they couldn’t stop the goals going in. The girls will learn from the game and go on knowing what to expect of Belfast teams.

SBYL U17 Divisional Cup

Larne vs Aquinas

A masterclass performance by the team, with the girls never letting up. They never needed to shift out of first gear, while they played fantastically there will be bigger challenges coming their way. With a little bit of fine-tuning, this team will be ready for anything.

Today’s Player of the Match was Mia O’Flaherty – with an incredible work rate, she never shied away from a tackle to get the ball, winning every single one along the way.

Francesca Agnew was simply fantastic bagging herself all the goals – a stellar performance from kick-off to the final whistle.

Poppy Restrick and Rebekah Robinson were phenomenal at the back, reading every pass and never setting a wrong foot.

SBYL Divisional Cup

Larne vs Portstewart

Missing key players, it was always going to be a tough match for the girls. While the girls played well at the start, it was early goal by Portstewart that saw them take the lead.

No matter how hard the girls tried, the play just didn’t fall for them and they were not able to equalise. The same can be said for the opponents, they were unable to score with Leah being as solid as a rock in midfield.

Jodie Ferguson, Hannah McClenaghan and Hannah Abram all got their opportunity to show what they can do.

Larne U13s vs Ballyclare Comrades

The team did not look at their usual selves, having started off very slowly in the first half, but still dominated the play although they just couldn’t hit the target.

Catching the defence by surprise, Ballyclare snagged an easy goal and this finally spurred the team on and they shifted up a gear. With Jodie Ferguson, driving the team up the centre of the park to score a goal. Unfortunately, the opponents quickly responded with a goal to equalise.

The Ballyclare keeper made some excellent saves throughout the match.

Larne 2012’s v Ballyclare Comrades 7-a-side

Continuing their winning form, Larne beat the Comrades with a mix of physicality and skill.

Ballyclare had some great strikers that at times broke through the tough Larne defence, but there was nothing to stop Larne dominating in the game. With some great finishes by India, Jodie, Orla and Rachel today, they showed a great variety and depth in the squad.

A strong and consistent performance from the whole team.

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.

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

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.


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