Lagan Harps lift FAI Umbro Women's Junior Cup
Tipperary Town Ladies 1 Lagan Harps 8
LAGAN Harps captured the FAI Umbro Women's Junior Cup in emphatic style at Cooke Park, Tipperary, on Sunday when they beat Tipperary Town Ladies FC 8-1 in a remarkable game.
The Tipp side got off to a great start when they took a 12th minute lead when Stephanie Walsh fed Jade Looby and her shot from an angle beat Lagan Keeper Niamh Mailey.
Donegal outfit Lagan bounced back immediately and just two minutes later the game was tied. An excellent one two between Nikita Paul Bourke and player of the Match Amber Barrett saw Barrett beat Laura Peters from close range. A long ball over the top from Saorla McGarrigle played in Amber Barrett but her fierce shot was well saved by Laura Peters.
It was 2-1 to Lagan on 16 mins when Nikita Burke played in Lauren Harper and she finished well from inside the area. Nikita Burke made it 3-1 on 19 minutes and unfortunately this seemed to end the game as a contest.
It was then one-way traffic with Harps spurning chances through Burke and Barrett before Emma McKinley was unchallenged in the box and made it 4-1 on 28 minutess. Amber Barrett again hit the post on 31 minutes before captain Caroline Gallagher headed home from a corner to make it 5-1 on 60 seconds later. Lagan had further goal chances through Burke and Barrett before Amber Barrett made it 6-1 in injury time of the first half.
The Harps onslaught continued after the break with Lauren Harper hitting the crossbar before Lagan made it 7-1 on 49 minutes when Nikita Burke scored from 12 yards.
Amber Barrett was the game’s outstanding player and she had further chances before Nikita Burke made it 8-1 on 58 minutes. Tipperary brought in Lauren Martin and Claire Crowe and in one of their few forays forward on 62 mins Stephanie Walsh found Jade Looby but her shot went narrowly wide.
TIPPERARY TOWN LADIES: Laura Peters, Aisling Daly, Lorraine Kenneally, Hayley Dewick, Aoife O'Brien, Maria Byrnes, Aoife Lynch, Rebecca Walsh, Bianca Ryan, Stephanie Walsh, .Jade Looby. SUBS: Lauren Martin for Daly; Claire Crowe for Lynch; Julie Daly, Cliona O'Brien.
LAGAN HARPS: Niamh Mailey, Saorla McGarrigle, Nadine Crawford, Emma Buckley, Kaneshia McKinney, Caroline Gallagher, Lauren Harper, Nikita Burke, Emma McKinley, Amber Barrett, Bernie Cannon. SUBS: Eimear McLafferty for Buckley; Catherine Fletcher for Harper; Meghan Reid for McKinney.