Academy Updates: Harps Female Sides Start Superbly!

Caitlin Doherty - Hat Trick Hero
Harps WU17 Squad


Harps WU17s started the 2024 season with a brilliant display beating Dundalk 4-0.

An excellent first-half display set the tone for this game, with Harps starting brightly. Chloe Deeney set Caitlin Doherty away only to be denied by a smart save. Moments later, Doherty was unlucky as she hit the post after the Harps attacker robbed a defender. After 22 minutes the impressive Emma Wallace won a free kick when bearing down the right after super build up play. The free was swung in by the left foot of Sophie Doherty and was bundled over the line by Scarlett Keyes from close range to make it 1 nil. Harps continued to win the midfield battle with Sophie Canning and Ainara Hutcheson breaking up Dundalk attacks.  Soon, work from Deeney and Wallace forced an error from Dundalk’s midfield and the clinical Caitlin Doherty made no mistake to double the lead from 18 yards.

The second half followed a similar pattern with Harps denying any meaningful attacks by Dundalk with Keyes, Niamh Ryan and Kaylagh Sweeney totally in control of their defensive duties to ensure a clean sheet was kept. Doherty got her second on the hour mark after rounding the keeper from close range. Sophie Doherty almost added a goal when her long-range free kick was brilliantly saved by the keeper as it was sailing into the top corner.  The goal of the game came on the 70 minute mark when the skillful Sarah McGuinness beat a defender on the left wing and released Doherty, who made no mistake when 1 on 1 with the keeper to create history as the first Finn Harps player in the WNL to score a hattrick.

Caitlin Doherty - Hat Trick Hero
Caitlin Doherty – Hat Trick Hero

Harps then saw the game out with some good passages of play with Sienna Bradley and Abaigh Curran heavily involved in proceedings.

Some superb individual performances from Chloe Deeney and Sophie Canning saw them collect the POTM awards. However, it was an excellent team display with each player performing extremely well. The next game sees the squad travel to Bohemians in a fortnights time.

WU17 Scorers And POTM
WU17 Scorers And POTM

16 Rhianna Doherty GK

3 Sophie Doherty

4 Scarlett Keys

5 Niamh Ryan

6 Sophie Canning

7 Sarah McGuinness

8 Kaylagh Sweeney

9 Caitlin Doherty C

10 Chloe Deeney

15 Emma Wallace

18 Ainara Hutcheson


1 Lauren McArdle GK

2 Alanna Graham

11 Sienna Bradley

12 Fia Coyle

14 Alannah Curran

17 Abaigh Curran

21 Eabha Daly

WU19 Squad
WU19 Squad


Finn Harps WU19s got their 2024 season up and running on Sunday, 3rd March with a great victory away to Peamount United with the game ending 2-1 to Finn Harps.

Harps started well but were disappointed to concede a goal after only four minutes of play when they got caught in possession just outside their box.  Harps goalkeeper Claire Diver pulled off a great save to deny the home side but nothing she could do with the follow up which Peamount tapped in from 6 yards.

This didn’t deter the Harps girls as they stuck to the game plan and with Orla Doherty leading the line up front Harps created some really good chances and were a bit disappointed to go in at halftime a goal down.

The second half started much the same as the way the first half ended with Harps dominating possession and creating decent opportunities to score.

Harps pressure finally paid off in the 62nd minute with some great play from Harps captain Aislinn Coll who played a great ball into the box for Lorinne Greene to score on her competitive debut.

Harps played with great confidence and belief now and kept pushing forward and got their reward in the 83rd minute when Eva Blaney played a great ball from inside her own half to find the unmarked Ella McHugh at the edge of the Peamount box.  Ella showed great composure to take it around the goalkeeper who tried to pull her down but Ella showed great desire to stay on her feet and blasted home from 6 yards.

Harps showed great discipline to manage and see the game out after going 2-1 up and were delighted to come away with a victory.  Special mention to Eva Blaney and joint captain Erika Gallagher who both returned to competitive play after sustaining serious injuries last season.

Goal scorers- Lorinne Greene, Ella McHugh and POTM- Codie Walsh and Darcey kelly
Goal scorers- Lorinne Greene, Ella McHugh and POTM- Codie Walsh and Darcey kelly

Caitlin Doherty and Freya Canning were impressive debutants too.

Goal scorers- Lorinne Greene, Ella McHugh

POTM- Codie Walsh and Darcey kelly
1 Claire Diver GK

4 Erika Gallagher

5 Darcey Kelly

6 Aislinn Coll C

7 Mary Anne Ward

8 Codie Walsh

9 Orlaith Doherty

10 Ella McHugh

14 Freya Canning

17 Lorinne Greene

20 Caitlin Doherty


2 Heidi Gill

3 Emily Niamh Irwin

11 Eva Blaney

12 Fiona Doherty

15 Bridin Hynes

16 Leah McLoughlin

18 Olivia Maxwell


Our MU14s came out the wrong side of a 5 goal thriller in their first away game of the season in Dundalk. It was Ashton Crossan & Jack O’Donnell who found the net for Harps while Odhran McHugh earned the POTM after an excellent performance leading the line for Harps.

20 Reuben Maxwell GK

3 Jonah Cannon

4 Sean Gallagher

5 Cahir Daly

8 Adam McBride

9 Odhran McHugh C

12 Lee McDaid

15 Marcin Pirch

16 Ben Farrell

17 Jack Byrne

18 Ronan McGranaghan
1 Matthew Dowds

2 Jack O’Donnell

6 Finn Devine

7 Oran Daly

11 Ashton Crossan

14 Luke O’Donnell


Our MU15s returned from Drogheda with a point as they came back from 2 goals down to earn a well deserved draw. Goals from Tadhg McDaid and Leighton Green earned the Harps a share of the spoils. Shai Thompson continued his impressive form with a POTM performance.
25 Noah Boyle GK

2 Adam Rodgers

3 Callum Boyle

5 Jack Davies

7 Leighton Green

8 Cole Connolly

9 Temple Akpo

11 Shai Thompson

15 Blake Meredith C

22 Danny Og Cooney

23 Eanna Duddy
32 Cormac Crossan GK

14 Thomas McHugh

16 Alex Ferry

17 Illia Voronkin

19 Tadhg Mc Daid

27 Adrian Plata

30 Diarmuid Reid

MU17s in action v Dundalk
MU17s in action v Dundalk


Harps MU17s lost out at home to Dundalk in a game played at Leckview Park.  The visitors lead 2-0 at the break before Conor McGranaghan got Harps back into it, but a flurry of late goals saw Dundalk run out 5-1 winners.

Thanks to Cathal from Kernan’s for the photos!

MU17s in action v Dundalk
MU17s in action v Dundalk

99 Vladyslav Onyshchenko GK

3 Troy Preston

4 Declan Patton

5 Ruairi Connaghan

6 Josh Cullen

7 Conor Gibson

8 Conor McGranaghan

9 Guilherme Tavares De Morais

10 Gavin McAteer C

11 Matthew McGeehan

21 Rowan McGroarty


40 Ryan McConnell GK

12 Callum Maskery

14 Eamonn MacBride

15 Liam McLaughlin

16 Shane Sweeney

17 Eoin Gorman

18 Tiarnan Callaghan McElwaine

24 Daniel Cunningham


There was nothing to separate the sides in the MU20 match between Finn Harps and St. Patrick’s Athletic at LCC. Over the 90 minutes neither side could break the deadlock in what proved to be a tight affair between two good sides.

Thanks to Stephen Doherty for the photo

25 Oisin Cooney GK

4 James McAteer

5 Adam McDaid

6 Reid Kelly

7 Nathan McDaid

8 Mark McGlynn

10 Adam Duffy C

12 Tiernan Ruddy

14 Darragh Coyle

16 David Boakye

22 Dylan McAteer

40 Ryan Galvin GK

41 Ronan Callaghan GK

2 Óisin Porter

17 Jamie McMonagle Quinn

18 Caoimhin Bonnar

19 Max Johnston

20 Ben O’Donnell

This weekend’s fixture are as follows: