In the prestigious Antrim Rovers Summer Football Festival Finn Harps Girls emerged as Plate winners in a hugely competitive tournament on Sunday. And it was an historic evening for the club as it is the first time ever that any female team representing Finn Harps won such a tournament. Head Coach Micheál Doherty was delighted with the success and Finn Harps F.C. has conveyed their congratulations to the girls squad and management team on a super success and entry into the history books of the club!
The tournament took place in the excellent facilities of Allen Park, Antrim. It was a well organised two-day festival of football that saw over 100 teams participate with the girls taking centre stage on Sunday. The Harps Girls began their day with a cagey 0-0 draw against Larne FC who compete in the Belfast League. Captain Lexi Campbell ably commanded the Harps defence and Kerry McCready made a few great saves to keep the score level. Grace Masterson and Alisha Ferry performed admirably as well.
In the next game against another Belfast League club, St. Mary’s FC., Harps, although dominant, were defeated by a last-minute goal. This game saw fine performances from Aoife Slevin, Clara McGuinness, Elizabeth McGee and Lauren Ferry. The third and final group game saw Harps face a physically strong Carrick Rangers team. This game saw the excellent Ella McHugh become the first scorer ever for a Harps female team when she found the net midway through the game. Great performances in this game also from Marie Sweeney, Tess McFadden and Ava Boyle.
The semi-final saw Harps face St. Mary’s FC., who had earlier defeated them. However, on this occasion the more determined Finn-siders took control of the game with an outstanding team performance, culminating in a beautiful team goal finished by the super-sharp Ella McHugh.
The final pitted Harps against North Belfast FC. Both teams had chances in the early exchanges with Harps hitting a post and the Belfast outfit had an effort that just went over the bar. Harps grew in confidence as the game wore on and after a few great blocks by the Belfast defence speedy Sara Thomas broke through and finished superbly to put Harps a goal up. This was how the game finished much to the delight of those present who had witnessed some great skillful football from this Finn Harps Academy Girls side.
Captain Lexi Campbell, who was a power of strength throughout the competition and is a great on-the-pitch organiser, was presented with the Plate prize much to the delight of the girls and Coaches Aisling Barron and Micheál Doherty.
Finn Harps Girls train on Sundays in the Academy grounds and new members are always welcome. It’s a great way to get improve your football and to make friends. Contact the club office for further details.