A determined all-round team performance from the Harps secured the U14 girls Division 2 League title against a spirited Knockninny Gaels team in an entertaining final played at Brewster Park on Saturday 6 August 2016. Having lost the league encounter between the sides by a point earlier in the season the Harps were determined to make a solid start and were 0.5 to 0.1 ahead at half time with the scores coming from Megan Maguire and Sarah Jane Jones. Some resolute defending by Niamh Duffy and Ciara Leonard in the full-back line and an assured display from Aoife Campbell in goals were crucial in the first period in particular. Determined work by Caitlin Duffy, Stephanie Jones and Reyka Robson in the Harps forward line also produced some key turnovers of Knockninny possession. The girls started the second half strongly and created a couple of goal chances which went narrowly wide. It looked as if the Harps would rue those misses when Knockninny forced their way back into the game with a well taken goal half way through the second half to leave a point between the teams setting up an exciting finish. The Harps however re-doubled their efforts in the middle sector with the influential Aoibhinn Jones and Sarah Jane Jones covering every part of Brewster Park to press for scores. There was strong support from half backs Natasha Cox, Georgia Moffatt, Shauna Elliott and second half sub Ciara Woods. A free awarded for a foul on Bronagh Smyth after an incisive run was kicked to the top corner of the net by Megan Maguire for a crucial goal with three minutes to go which eased the Harps nerves. A further point virtually on full-time saw the Harps win a very sporting game on a final score of 1.6 to 1.1.
Well done to the squad on their achievement and to the management of Louise Dundas, Garvan Jones and Claire Cox. There were a number of girls who unfortunately were not available for the game due to clashes with family holidays but the entire squad can reflect on a great season’s work in qualifying for the final and securing the Division 2 title.