Academy Updates

Another impressive comeback from Harps WU19s as they moved into 2nd place in the table

Finn Harps WU19  2  1 Peamount United WU19 1

Harps WU19’s played out a thrilling match in glorious conditions at a sun drenched Ballyare pitch on Sunday.  Spurred on by the large home support that included 26 players from the Glenea United U14 girls team, the Harps team once again showed great character to comeback from a goal down against Peamount as they did in the reverse fixture at the start of the session.

Harps almost took the lead in the first few minutes when Erika Gallaghers fine through ball was well controlled by livewire Maryanne Ward but her shot was well saved by Peamount’s keeper.  Aislinn Coll and Ella McHugh both went close after good play from Caitlin Doherty in midfield.  Full Backs Eva Blaney and Emily were defending well and Harps keeper Claire Diver was displaying a masterclass in kicking against the wind.

The visitors took the lead in the 35th minute when Alicia Maher scored from close range after a free kick.  Lorraine Greene impressed when introduced in the 60th minute.  Aislinn Coll scored the equaliser direct from a free kick to send her fans from Glenea into hysterics as the atmosphere started to grow.  In the 70th minute Harps defender Darcey Kelly, who was superb yet again at the heart of the defense, sent a great ball over the top for Roisin Lynch who made no mistake with the finish to give the home team the lead.

Heidi Gill and Codie Walsh were brilliant in midfield and really drove the team on in the 2nd half.  Olivia Maxwell and Fiona Doherty played important roles as they helped to see the win out.  Harps keeper Leah McLoughlin made a great save with 5 minutes remaining.

Another remarkable comeback from the WU19’s and a superb team performance with Heidi Gill, Erika Gallagher and Maryanne Ward getting special mentions on the day.  Up next is Dundalk FC away on Sunday, the 28th April.

Erika Gallagher, Mary Anne Ward & Heidi Gill shared the POTM.

1 Claire Diver GK

2 Heidi Gill

3 Emily Niamh Irwin

4 Erika Gallagher

5 Darcey Kelly

6 Aislinn Coll CP

7 Mary Anne Ward

8 Codie Walsh

10 Ella McHugh

11 Eva Blaney

20 Caitlin Doherty


9 Orlaith Doherty

12 Fiona Doherty

14 Freya Canning

15 Bridin Hynes

16 Leah McLoughlin

17 Lorinne Greene

18 Olivia Maxwell

19 Roisin Lynch

21 Niamh Ryan


Despite having the better chances and the majority of possession Finn Harps left Longford with no joy.

The first half saw both teams battling fiercely for control of the game. Harps had some early chances, with Sarah McGuinness, Ainara Hutcheson and Caitlin Doherty coming close to scoring, but were unable to find the back of the net thanks to some good goal keeping by the Longford Town netminder. In the opposite goal Rhianna Doherty had a quiet first half with the Harps defenders Niamh Ryan and Scarlett Keys dealing with the long balls from Longford towards the Harps goal. Going into the break there was nothing between the sides at nil all.

Unfortunately Harps would rue their missed chances with Longford taking the lead at the very start of the second half with the defence not dealing with a long ball over the top and the Longford player finishing in the bottom corner. Harps like the first half created the better chances and had the majority of possession but couldn’t break the Longford rearguard down with Sienna Bradley and Abaigh Curran linking up well on the left hand side for Harps and creating chances for the team. Longford scored their second late on in the second half but despite this the girls never gave up and kept fighting until the end of the game.

POTM for Harps was Sienna Bradley and Abaigh Curran

16 Rhianna Doherty GK

2 Alanna Graham

4 Scarlett Keys

5 Niamh Ryan CP

6 Sophie Canning

7 Sarah McGuinness

8 Kaylagh Sweeney

9 Caitlin Doherty

10 Chloe Deeney

11 Sienna Bradley

18 Ainara Hutcheson

1 Lauren McArdle GK

15 Emma Wallace

17 Abaigh Curran

20 Fia Coyle

21 Eabha Daly


Our MU15s lost out in a 6 goal game at sun-drenched Oriel Park, with hosts Dundalk winning 4-2. Two well taken goals from Tadgh McDaid wasn’t enough to earn the points for Harps. Thomas McHugh produced a solid performance throughout claiming the POTM.

25 Noah Boyle GK

2 Thomas McHugh

3 Callum Boyle

4 Danny Og Cooney

5 Jack Davies

6 Blake Meredith CP

7 Leighton Green

8 Illia Voronkin

9 Eanna Duddy

10 Shai Thompson

11 Temple Akpo


32 Cormac Crossan GK

12 Adrian Plata

14 Diarmuid Reid

15 Naoise Kavanagh

16 Alex Ferry

17 Cole Connolly

18 Tadhg Mc Daid

19 Adam Rodgers

Our MU14s lost out in their derby against Derry City at Corry Park. Despite Lee McDaid’s goal Harps couldn’t force an equaliser with the away side taking the 3 points. Ronan McGranaghan captained the side, whilst Jack Byrne produced a super display earning the POTM

1 Matthew Dowds GK

2 Sean Gallagher

3 Jonah Cannon

4 Jack O’Donnell

5 Cahir Daly

6 Jack Byrne

7 Finn Devine

8 Ronan McGranaghan CP

9 Odhran McHugh

10 Adam McBride

11 Oran Daly


20 Reuben Maxwell GK

12 Ben Farrell

14 Luke O’Donnell

15 Lee McDaid

16 Marcin Pirch


The Harps MU17s lost out against Bray Wanderers in a game played ay Letterkenny Community Centre.  Gavin McAteer pulled Harps level on 18 minutes but the Wicklow side stretched away for a 4-1 win.

99 Vladyslav Onyshchenko GK

3 Declan Patton

4 Daniel Cunningham

5 Ruairi Connaghan

6 Josh Cullen

7 Conor Gibson

8 Tiarnan Callaghan McElwaine

9 Liam McLaughlin

10 Gavin McAteer CP

11 Matthew McGeehan

21 Rowan McGroarty


12 Eoin Gorman

14 Conor McGranaghan

15 Eamonn MacBride

16 Troy Preston

17 Shane Sweeney

18 Guilherme Tavares De Morais

23 Callum Maskery

24 Ryan McConnell

40 Corey Sheridan


Harps MU20s went down to a 2-0 defeat at Letterkenny Community Centre to Drogheda United as 2 goals early in the second half were the difference between the sides.

25 Oisin Cooney GK

2 Óisin Porter

4 James McAteer

5 Adam McDaid

6 Reid Kelly

7 Nathan McDaid

8 Mark McGlynn

9 Volodymyr Kovalchuk

10 Adam Duffy CP

12 Tiernan Ruddy

22 Dylan McAteer


26 Ronan Callaghan GK

40 Ryan Galvin GK

16 Ben O’Donnell

17 Jamie McMonagle Quinn

18 Caoimhin Bonnar

19 David Boakye

21 Ryan Creevy

24 Jack Keys

28 Mark Mbuli