Academy Updates

Our MU14s were at Finn Park for the 1st time last Sunday and it was a winning debut beating Drogheda United, 4-1. Odhran McHugh (x2), Oran Daly & Ashton Crossan were the Harps scorers while Ronan McGranaghan impressed claiming POTM. Ben Farrell captained the Harps to the win.
1 Reuben Maxwell GK
3 Ben Farrell CP
4 Sean Gallagher
5 Cahir Daly
6 Adam McBride
7 Ashton Crossan
8 Ronan McGranaghan
9 Odhran McHugh
10 Lukas Doherty
11 Oran Daly
17 Lee McDaid
20 Matthew Dowds GK
2 Luke O’Donnell
12 Finn Devine
14 Jonah Cannon
15 Jack O’Donnell
16 Jack Byrne
19 Marcin Pirch

It was another derby delight for our MU17s last weekend as they overcame Derry City by a single goal at LCC. Eamonn MacBride was the hero for Harps as his goal claimed the 3 points. Eoin Gorman earned a well deserved POTM for an outstanding performance at the back.
99 Corey Sheridan GK
3 Eoin Gorman
4 Daniel Cunningham
5 Ruairi Connaghan
6 Josh Cullen
7 Eamonn MacBride
8 Conor McGranaghan
9 Matthew McGeehan
10 Gavin McAteer CP
11 Troy Preston
21 Tiarnan Callaghan McElwaine
40 Vladyslav Onyshchenko GK
12 Declan Patton
14 Conor Gibson
15 Liam McLaughlin
16 Shane Sweeney
17 Guilherme Tavares De Morais
18 Rowan McGroarty
23 Callum Maskery
24 Ryan McConnell

Our MU20s recorded an impressive home victory over Shelbourne at LCC last weekend. Despite going behind early on, Harps rallied through goals from Max Johnston, Mark Mbuli, Volodymyr Kovalchuk and Mark McGlynn to claim a superb 3 points. Dylan McAteer claimed the POTM.
25 Oisin Cooney GK
2 Óisin Porter
4 David Boakye
6 Reid Kelly
7 Nathan McDaid
10 Adam Duffy CP
12 Tiernan Ruddy
16 Ben O’Donnell
19 Max Johnston
22 Dylan McAteer
28 Mark Mbuli
26 Ronan Callaghan GK
40 Ryan Galvin GK
8 Mark McGlynn
9 Volodymyr Kovalchuk
17 Jamie McMonagle Quinn
18 Caoimhin Bonnar
21 Ryan Creevy
24 Jack Keys

Harps traveled to Oriel Park on Saturday looking to repeat their victory over Dundalk who have strengthened massively since the first game between these two sides on match day 1.

Dundalk began strongly denying Harps the opportunity to pass out easily with the Dundalk front 3 very dangerous on the counter attack. Marut and McConnell’s pace and direct running style was proving to be a thorn in Harps side however Niamh Ryan and Sienna Bradley were equal to the task.
Harps WU17 squad in Dundalk

Dundalk earned a free kick on the 25 minute mark and from this they took the lead. After a long stoppage for a player to recieve treatment for an injury, the game resumed with a brilliant delivery from a free on the left hand side which Harps failed to clear. McConnell made no mistake with her volley from 15 yards past Doherty in the Harps net. Only for a brilliant block by Bradley, Dundalk could have been two up moments later. Kirby raced clear of the Harps defence and squared it for Marut who had an empty net to score in only for Bradley’s brilliant block, which proved a decisive moment in the game.

Harps began to see some openings of their own in the latter stages of the half. Caitlin Doherty and Sarah McGuinness linked up in the Harps attack only for McGuinness to be brought down by the defenders trailing leg in what could have been a penalty on another day.

The 2nd half began as the first half ended with Harps seeing long spells of possesion. Eabha Daly, Emma Wallace and Sienna Bradley all began to boss the midfield area which was vital in Harps attempt to get back into the game.

On the 60 minute mark, Doherty was sent down the channel and found herself 1 v 1 with thedefender and was brought down before she could get her strike away and Harps had a penalty. Bradley stepped up and got the equaliser, which was deserved.
Neither team was able to find a winner in the game with defences on top. Harps best opportunity came on the 80th minute after a good passage of play ended with Sophie Doherty arriving wide on the left on the overlap and seeing her shot sail just over after a clever pass from Chloe Deeney.
Harps were unable to repeat their opening day victory however will be content with a point in Oriel Park against a good Dundalk team. Niamh Ryan and Emma Wallace picked up the Player of the Match award and are pictured alongside goalscorer Sienna Bradley.

16 Rhianna Doherty GK
2 Alanna Graham
4 Scarlett Keys
5 Niamh Ryan
6 Sophie Canning
7 Sarah McGuinness
8 Kaylagh Sweeney
9 Caitlin Doherty CP
10 Chloe Deeney
11 Sienna Bradley
18 Ainara Hutcheson
1 Lauren McArdle GK
3 Sophie Doherty
14 Alannah Curran
15 Emma Wallace
17 Abaigh Curran
20 Fia Coyle
21 Eabha Daly

Harps WU19s in Dundalk
Harps WU19s in Dundalk

Harps WU19 earn a valuable point away to Dundalk FC

Finn Harps WU19 and Dundalk FC WU19s shared the points in a very competitive game in Oriel Park on Sunday afternoon which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The first half was played at a very high intensity with the away team starting on the front foot enjoyed good spells of possession.  Ella McHugh did well to chase down a through ball and her brave header found Maryanne Ward who turned inside her defender before unleashing a fabulous volley to the top corner to give Harps the lead.  Soon after, Ward almost doubled the lead with an outrageous shot from distance after a great through ball from Lorrine Greene.

Dundalk came close in the 30th minute but Leah McLoughlin pulled off a fine save.  Eva Blaney’s header went just wide of the post after a great cross from Roisin Lynch in the 35th minute.

Heidi Gill and Codie Walsh were doing excellent in midfield.  Erika Gallagher and Darcey Kelly were excellent in the centre of defence for Harps as they ended the first half one nil up.

Finn Harps started the second half well as they went in search of a second goal.  Emily Irwin and Codie Walsh were doing well to stop the threat of former Harps player Ella McKenn.  Olivia Maxwell was introduced at halftime for the injured Lynch and worked hard on the wing.

Dundalk equalised in the 70th minute when a good move resulted in a fine strike to the net.  Harps introduced Claire Diver, Caitlin Doherty and Aislinn Coll and they regained a foothold in the game.  Ella McHugh went very close from a well delivered corner from Coll.

Harps held out for a well deserved point with Codie Walsh and Darcey Kelly sharing the POTM award.  They now play Bohemians in Corry Park, Illistrin on Sunday, 5th May with a 3pm kick off in their penultimate game in Phase 1 of the league.  They remain in 2nd place as it stands.

Codie Walsh and Darcey Kelly were POTM and Maryanne Ward the goalscorer
Codie Walsh and Darcey Kelly were POTM and Maryanne Ward the goalscorer

16 Leah McLoughlin GK
2 Heidi Gill
3 Emily Niamh Irwin
4 Erika Gallagher CP
5 Darcey Kelly
7 Mary Anne Ward
8 Codie Walsh
10 Ella McHugh
11 Eva Blaney
17 Lorinne Greene
19 Roisin LynchSubs
1 Claire Diver
6 Aislinn Coll
15 Bridin Hynes
18 Olivia Maxwell
20 Caitlin Doherty