GIRLS FOOTBALL: Successful weekend for Coleraine

Saturday saw the Coleraine U13 Girls team travel to Mallusk for finals day of the NIWFA Euro Electrix League.

The girl’s first game was against Lisburn Girls and Coleraine ran out 4-0 winners. Goals from Lea Hegarty, Cleo-Neece Taggart, and Becky Dinsmore gave the girls victory. The second game was against Donegal Celtic girls and in this game Coleraine girls had a more convincing 6-0 victory Goals in this game scored by Chloe Clanachan, Cleo-Neece Taggart, Becky Dinsmore and Lucy Campbell

Third game was against a very strong Crusaders Strikers team but by now Coleraine had found their rhythm and were playing great football. They ran out 6-1 victors in this game. Goals again scored by Chloe Clanachan, Cleo-Neece Taggart and Becky Dinsmore.

These results meant that the girls had gone through all the group games unbeaten and topped their group meaning they faced a Glentoran team in the final.

For the first ten minutes of the final Glentoran gave the Coleraine girls a good game but eventually the powerful players in the Coleraine midfield gained control of the game and were able to dominate Glentoran.

The girls produced what could only be described as an outstanding performance culminating in a 7-0 win. The goals in this game were scored by Lea Hegarty, Kathy Cochrane, Chloe Clanachan, Cleo-Neece Taggart and Becky Dinsmore.

Winning this league means that Coleraine U13 girls team are National Champions at their age group. Well done to Stephen McConaghie, Emma McAuley, John O’Neill and Alana Barr for the hard work put in and great coaching given to the girls to allow them to produce such great football on a National stage. Well done to all the girls who put such hard work into your game this success is well deserved.

All the coaches and players would like to wish Julia Caulfield a very speedy recovery from her serious accident hope to see her back playing again in September.

On Friday night Coleraine Ladies travelled to Belfast to take on Donegal Celtic Ladies in a tough away fixture in the Euro Electix Championship. As has been for most of the season a very young team was fielded by manager Alison Nicholl and as usual came up against a very tough and experienced Donegal Celtic side.

The strong wind was a major factor influencing the game and Coleraine had the wind in their faces for the first half of the game but a very strong defensive display by the Bannsiders defence and mid field limited Donegal Celtic to a few long range shots which were dealt with well by the Coleraine keeper.

Midway in the first half the home side took the lead, a right side corner found a Donegal Celtic player unmarked in the penalty area and she shot past Coleraine keeper to give her team the lead. Coleraine battled well so that the home side didn’t get any more goals before half time so Coleraine could use the strong wind in the second half.

Ten minutes into the second half Coleraine were on level terms, a poor defensive header by a Donegal Celtic defender was seized upon by Coleraine’s Kaitlyn McKane who had beaten the offside trap with a well-timed run onto the ball and calmly bent the ball around the keeper into the top corner of the net. This was a well-deserved and well taken goal by Coleraine.

The goal that gave Coleraine the lead and victory was almost a carbon copy of the first. A through ball was missed by the Donegal Celtic defence and quick thinking again by Kaitlyn McKane saw her one on one with the keeper and a cool lob over the head of the advancing Donegal Celtic keeper by Kaitlyn was enough to give her side the lead.

The last ten minutes of the game was all out attack by Donegal Celtic but the Coleraine defence marshaled by Shairee Nicholl held out to give Coleraine Ladies a well-deserved victory.