Academy Updates Including Sonny Rich Cup Win and WU17 Signings

Finn Harps 2011s Sonny Rich Cup Winners

Our MU19s had a fantastic win in the NorthWest derby last weekend as they overcame Derry City at Diamond Park in Ballyare. It was Max Johnston and Daniel Stokoe who got on the scoresheet for Harps, whilst Kevin Jordan impressed claiming the POTM.

25 Oisin Cooney GK

3 Kevin Jordan

4 Sean O’Kane C

5 Ryan Creevy

6 Reid Kelly

7 Adam Duffy

8 Jamie McKinney

9 Daniel Stokoe

10 Damian Duffy

11 Max Johnston

12 Dylan McAteer


32 Ryan Galvin GK

14 Ben O’Donnell

15 Rian Gallagher

16 Tiernan Ruddy

17 Nathan McDaid

21 Jamie Harris


DLR Waves

1 – 0 Finn Harps WU19
Our WU19’s travelled to Dublin to play DLR Waves on the astroturf at Marley Park and the girls were unlucky not to return home with anything after a hugely competitive game. The home team had a strong breeze behind them in the first half but despite this Harps made regular advancements into their half with Orlaith Doherty leading the line and well supported on the flanks by Alaina Keogh and Katelyn Doherty. The midfield three of Aislinn Coll, Codie Walsh and Katelyn Rose Doherty were competing well against a strong opposition midfield.
The home team came close after 30 minutes when a well hit free kick was well saved by Harps keeper Claire Diver as she finger-tipped the ball over the bar at full stretch. Disappointingly for Harps they conceded from the resulting corner kick after the ball broke kindly for centre back and she made no mistake from close range. Harps responded well with Doherty and Walsh combining well on the right side and their deliveries were well contested by Orlaith Doherty.
Darcey Kelly and Roseanna McConalogue were solid in defence and were well assisted by full backs Fiona Doherty and Emily Irwin. Iona McDaid was introduced at halftime and gave the away team some extra energy in midfield. Niamh Ryan and Ciara McGhee nullified the DLR Waves threat up the left wing when introduced. Claire Diver made another fantastic save from a free kick on the hour mark. In the last ten minutes Harps created a couple of half chances for Codie Walsh as she pushed further up the field with Katelyn Rose Doherty. Not to be for the girls with a good team performance overall and Roseanna McConalogue and Katelyn Doherty sharing the POTM award.

1 Claire Diver GK

2 Fiona Doherty

3 Emily Niamh Irwin

4 Roseanna McConologue

5 Darcey Kelly

6 Katelyn Doherty

7 Katelyn Doherty

8 Aislinn Coll C

9 Orlaith Doherty

10 Codie Walsh

11 Alaina Keogh


12 Iona McDaid

14 Ciara McGee

15 Niamh Ryan


Our MU17s lost out to Bohemian FC in a tight game at the Curragh in Killygordon yesterday. It was Tiernan Ruddy who found the net for Harps, whilst Oisin McHugh earned a deserved POTM for an excellent performance.

32 Killian Hagan GK

2 Declan Patton

3 Troy Preston

4 Oisin McHugh

5 Jack Keys

6 Conor McGranaghan

7 Nathan McDaid

8 Darragh Coyle C

9 Colm Doherty

10 Tiernan Ruddy

17 Ruairi Connaghan


25 Ronan Callaghan GK

40 Yaroslav Vovk GK

14 James McAteer

19 Thomas McDevitt

20 Seaghan McCormick

21 Daniel Cunningham


Finn Harps 4 – 2 Longford
Longford started this game the better and scored within the first 60 seconds after Harps misjudged a long ball and the Longford striker finished with a good volley past Leah McLoughlin. Harps had much of the ball and territory for the rest of the half with Sophie Canning, Alannah Graham and Eva Daly key to Harps’ play. On the stroke of half time, the impressive Heidi Gill picked up the ball, beat a player and struck the ball to the roof of the net from 30 yards to equalise.
The Longford squad continued to test out the Harps defence however it was the Harps midfield of Gill, Ella McHugh and POTM Sophie Canning who were on top.
On the hour mark Maryanne Ward forced an error in the Longford defence before finishing to the roof of the net to give Harps the lead. Shortly after, great close control on the wing from McHugh helped her find space on the edge of the box before curling her shot into the far top corner. Neat intricate play from Harps in 75th minute lead to Caitlin Doherty being brought down in the box, before she stepped up and expertly finished the penalty herself to the bottom corner. Early in injury time, Longford won a penalty after a hand ball in the box. Lauren McArdle saved the penalty well, but the Longford striker was able to bundle the ball over the line to ensure the game finished 4-2 to Harps, who were deserving winners.

1 Leah McLoughlin GK

2 Alanna Graham

3 Eabha Daly

4 Kaylagh Sweeney

5 Niamh Ryan

6 Heidi Gill

7 Mary Anne Ward

8 Sophie Canning

9 Caitlin Doherty

10 Ella McHugh C

11 Clara McGuinness


16 Lauren McArdle GK

12 Orla Malseed

14 Orlaith Doherty

15 Olivia Maxwell

17 Aoife McCarron

It was a difficult day out for the MU15s as they went down to an 8-2 defeat away to Saint Patrick’s Athletic.  The game was one all at half time but the hosts ran away with it in the second half.  Seaghan McCormick scored twice for Harps.

25 Corey Sheridan GK

2 Rowan McGroarty

3 Shea Boyle

4 Josh Cullen C

5 Declan Patton

7 Ronan Buchanan

8 Caolan McBride

9 Seaghan McCormick

11 Gavin McAteer

14 Oliver Coyle

16 Eoin Gorman


32 Ryan McConnell GK

15 Leighton Green

22 Guilherme Tavares De Morais

30 Thomas McHugh

Harps 2011s With Galway Cup at Finn Park
Harps 2011s With Galway Cup at Finn Park

Harps 2011s Follow Galway Cup Triumph with Sonny Rich Cup Win

The Harps 2011 squad made it an August to remember as they notched another tournament win at the Sonny Rich Cup hosted by St Josephs AFC last weekend.  Harps beat College Corinthians and played superbly throughout the competition.

Josh O’Donnell on picked up the Top Goalscorer award
Josh O’Donnell on picked up the Top Goalscorer award

Well done to Josh O’Donnell on picking up the Top Goalscorer award at the tournament!

Harps WU17s Welcome New Signings
Welcome to Finn Harps to Olivia Maxwell (Drumbar United), Clara McGuinness (Drumbar United), Eabha Daly (Illistrin FC), Alanna Graham (Cockhill Celtic) and Sienna Bradley (Cockhill Celtic).

We’d like to thank each players previous clubs for their support and to the coaches for their impact in the player’s development.