Academy Updates As WU17s Play in Culdaff

Harps WU17s Play in Culdaff this Weekend

As part of the important partnership between the Academy and the IWL we host St. Pat’s Athletic at Caratra Park in Culdaff on Saturday (2pm kick off). We’re delighted to be able to bring LOI football to Inishowen with a number of girls in our squads having been developed in the IWL.

This weekends fixtures fr our underage:


Galway United WU19 0 V 2 Finn Harps WU19

Harps were unlucky not to return with anything from their trip to Galway. The away team created a number of good chances in the first half in particular. Codie Walsh went close when her attempted lob just fell to the wrong side of the post after good work from Katelyn Rose Doherty. Aislinn Coll delivered a great free kick into the box and Darcey Kelly headed brilliantly towards goal but Hernon, the Galway keeper, produced a fantastic save at her near post.

Katelyn Doherty played a great ball through to striker Orlaith Doherty, who timed her run to perfection, but just failed to get there before the Galway keeper. Siobhan Cameron went close with a long range effort just before halftime. The home side created chances too and Harps keeper Claire Diver pulled off a great double save. Fiona Doherty, Roseanna McConalogue and Emily Irwin defended very well in the first half, especially from set pieces.

The home side took the lead in the 54th minute through Emily Fitzgerald when a dangerous in-swinging free kick went in off the far post. The same player struck again in the 61st minute when she fired home from 30 yards with a great strike. Orlaith Doherty had a couple of decent strikes from distance and Iona McDaid played Bridin Hynes through soon after and she beat a Galway defender before the keeper Hernon saved well. Soon after Hynes almost got past her again but the keeper denied her. Ciara McGhee, Olivia Maxwell and Eabha Daly did well when introduced. Overall a great performance from the girls away from home with the strikers Orlaith Doherty and Codie Walsh claiming the POTM awards.
1 Claire Diver GK

2 Fiona Doherty

3 Emily Niamh Irwin

4 Roseanna McConologue

5 Darcey Kelly

6 Katelyn Doherty

7 Siobhan Cameron

8 Aislinn Coll C

9 Orlaith Doherty

10 Codie Walsh

11 Katelyn Doherty


12 Iona McDaid

14 Ciara McGee

15 Bridin Hynes

17 Olivia Maxwell

18 Eabha Daly


Our MU19s came home with 3 points from Longford last weekend after an impressive 3-0 win. Goals from Caoimhin Bonner, Max Johnston and Brendan McLoughlin sealed the confident win. Brendan also claimed the POTM with an exceptional all round performance.

25 Oisin Cooney GK

3 Damian Duffy

4 Sean O’Kane C

5 Kevin Jordan

6 Reid Kelly

7 Caoimhin Bonnar

8 Adam Duffy

9 Max Johnston

10 Daniel Stokoe

12 Dylan McAteer

18 Brendan McLaughlin


40 Ryan Galvin GK

14 Ryan Creevy

15 Jamie McKinney

16 Ben O’Donnell

21 Jamie Harris


Harps MU15s lost out 3-0 against Cork City last weekend in Finn Park in a phase 2 tier 1 game.  The game was level at half time but in the second half the visitors took over to win the points.

1 Corey Sheridan GK

2 Rowan McGroarty C

3 Shea Boyle

4 Eoin Gorman

5 Declan Patton

6 Caolan McBride

7 Ronan Buchanan

8 Eamonn MacBride

9 Oliver Coyle

10 Shane Sweeney

11 Gavin McAteer


18 Ryan McConnell GK

14 Leighton Green

15 Guilherme Tavares De Morais

16 Ciaran Connaghan

Harps MU17s lost out to Bray Wanderers last weekend in a rip roaring encounter that ended in a 7-5 win for the Seagulls.  Harps had lead with 20 minutes to go before a late flurry from the hosts was enough to take the points.  Tiernan Ruddy x2, Colm Doherty, Nathan McDaid and Ruairi Connaghan got the goals for Harps.

25 Ronan Callaghan GK

2 Darragh Coyle C

3 Troy Preston

4 Thomas McDevitt

5 Jack Keys

6 Conor McGranaghan

7 Nathan McDaid

8 Oisin McHugh

10 Tiernan Ruddy

11 Seaghan McCormick

17 Ruairi Connaghan


32 Killian Hagan GK

9 Colm Doherty

14 James McAteer

16 Adam McDaid

The previous weekend our MU17s came away with a point from Longford in a closely fought contest. There was little to separate the sides over then 90 minutes with both teams defenses shining. Troy Preston Holder claimed the POTM for Harps with a solid performance.

1 Yaroslav Vovk GK

2 Darragh Coyle C

3 Troy Preston

4 Thomas McDevitt

5 Jack Keys

6 Conor McGranaghan

7 Nathan McDaid

9 Colm Doherty

10 Tiernan Ruddy

11 Seaghan McCormick

17 Ruairi Connaghan


25 Ronan Callaghan GK

32 Killian Hagan GK

8 Oisin McHugh

14 James McAteer

16 Ronan Buchanan

Our MU14s were denied a draw late on in their game against St. Pat’s Atheltic. yesterday. Leighton Green had given Harps the lead with a superb finish, though 2 late goals snatched the win for the home side. Illia Vorokin impressed in midfield for Harps earning the POTM.

1 Noah Boyle GK C

2 Thomas McHugh

3 Rowan McGroarty

4 Danny Og Cooney

5 Jack Davies

6 Adam Rodgers

7 Leighton Green

8 Cole Connolly

9 Ryan Doherty

10 Illia Voronkin

11 Diarmuid Reid


20 Cormac Crossan GK

14 Callum Dorrian

15 Naoise Kavanagh

16 Kian Fletcher

19 Gavin Gallagher


It was a narrow defeat away in Dundalk in their last outing for our WU17 side as the home team claimed victory with 10 minutes remaining.

Aoife McCarron was the Harps scorer with a great finish at the back post just before half time, while Siobhan Cameron & Kaylagh Sweeney shared the POTM.
1 Lauren McArdle            GK

2 Alanna Graham

3 Siobhan Cameron

4 Kaylagh Sweeney

5 Darcey Kelly

6 Heidi Gill

7 Mary Anne Ward

8 Sophie Canning

9 Caitlin Doherty

10 Ella McHugh C

11 Aoife McCarron


12 Bridin Hynes

14 Olivia Maxwell

15 Orla Malseed

17 Eabha Daly

18 Clara McGuinness

Thank You to Connor Meakin

Connor Meakin

We would like to express our thanks to coach Connor Meakin as he departs the Academy. Head of Academy, Kevin McHugh, “I’d like to thank Connor on behalf of everyone at the Club for his brilliant service. He played his part in helping drive the standards within Academy”

Connor has been with the Academy for the last number of years working with the Academy development squads, most notably with the 2010 squad and more recently the 2012s. A huge thanks to Connor for his commitment to helping nurture the talent within the club.