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Larne Youth Round-up: 20th May

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

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