Donegal Women’s League – Mulroy crowned U16 champions as Lagan-Illistrin set for U14 play-off

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The title race in two of the Donegal Women’s League underage Leagues could be decided by play-offs.

The Terry Leyden Under-14 League is definitely going to a play-off between Lagan Harps and Illistrin, following their respective wins on Wednesday night, Lagan defeating Bonagee 6-0 and Illistrin overcoming Mulroy 2-0.

The Terry Leyden Under-14 League play-off will take place at Leckview Park, Letterkenny on Wednesday August 30 at 6.30pm.

Lagan and Illistrin are also the leading contenders in the Under-12 League. Ahead of Monday evening’s final series of games, a play-off remains a distinct possibility there too.

Illistrin host Gweedore United on Monday with Lagan welcoming Swilly Rovers to Orchard Park. Matching results again and it’ll be a play-off to determine the title’s destination.

 

Donegal Women’s League Under-12 League

 

Lagan Harps 6 Bonagee United 0

Lagan overcame Bonagee United 6-0 at Orchard Park. Jessica Leese and Harriet McCrossan netted first-half braces for Brid McGinty’s team with Shannon Cunningham on the mark as they led 5-0 at the break.

However, Bonagee stood firm in the second half and Lagan could add just one more to their tally, Rhianna Devenney netting.

 

Illistrin FC 2 Mulroy Academy 0

Rebekah McGlinchey was on target twice for Illistrin as they defeated Mulroy to send the League to a tantalising play-off between the front-runners.

McGlinchey hit a goal in each half for Illistrin, who had the majority of the possession but had to endure long periods of frustration before McGlinchey put the issue to bed, following an earlier strike in the opening period.

 

Finn Valley 4 Raphoe Town 1

Finn Valley ended their u14 League campaign on a winning note in a very entertaining game against near neighbours Raphoe Town.

It was the visitors who kicked off and attacked the home teams rearguard with purpose and exchanges of possession set the tone of the game.

Valley soon settled and got the first chance of the game but Cody Walsh’s  effort was marginally wide of the goal.Valley began to create chances and the deadlock was broken by Walsh after some fantastic build up play by the busy Valley midfield.

Cody increased Valleys lead a short while later after a fine solo run after intercepting a misplaced kick-out by the Raphoe keeper.

Valley dominated the first half breaking down any advancement up the pitch by Raphoe and were to increase their lead just before the interval when the hard working Rebecca McColgan scored.

Valley resumed the second half and were on the offencive and after a neat pass by Hannah Gallagher to Abigail Temple-Asokuh whose effort was well saved by the Town keeper.

Raphoe came more into the game and their direct style of play began to take effect  as the spirited Raphoe girls put Valley under pressure, hemming them in their own half, and wasn’t long paying off as Shania McMonagle capitalised on a rare mistake by the Valley keeper on the edge of the area to reduce the deficit.

The inspired Raphoe put the Valley defence under the cosh for periods of the second half and could have scored again only for the Valley keeper to redeem herself by making a fantastic double save to thwart a Raphoe revival.

Valley continued to advance and from an uncleared corner Rachel Lawne found herself with time and space on the edge of the box and her looping shot found it’s way into the back of the net after a mix up between the Raphoe keeper and defender.

From the restart of play Raphoe showed that they weren’t giving up and battled Valley right to the final whistle.

 

Arena 7 Under-16 League

 

MULROY CROWNED CHAMPIONS

Mulroy Academy 5 Finn Valley 0

Mulroy Academy U16 girls were crowned Under-16 league champions on Friday evening with a win over Finn Valley.

The first half was a tough competitive game with chances being created by both teams.

Eimear Sweeney and Michelle McDevitt were having a great game at the back for Mulroy with Clare Friel leading the team from nets.

The first goal came for Mulroy when Lauren McBride kept her composure to finish well. Caoimhne Heron and Thea Duffy were involved in a lot of the attacking play for Mulroy and Caoimhne got her rewards with a great finish to make it 2-0 to Mulroy.

The second half saw Mulroy starting to get more into the game with Keri Sweeney creating great chances going forward.

The Mulroy girls went on to score three more goals in the second half with goals coming from Lauren McBride Caoimhne Heron and Keri Sweeney to seal the win and the title.

 

Lagan Harps v Bonagee United

Lagan Harps secured second spot in the Under-16 League after a comprehensive win over Bonagee on Friday evening in an eight-a-side contest at Orchard Park.

Bronagh Gallagher, Holly Canning, Lucy Canning, Shannon Cunningham, Emily McDevitt, Orla McGrath and Serena McCrossan were all on the mark for Lagan with the goals.

 

FIXTURES

Under-16 Cup semi-finals

Friday, August 11, 7.30pm

Mulroy Academy v Finn Valley

Lagan Harps v Kilmacrennan

 

Donegal Women’s League Under-12 League

Monday, August 14, 7.30pm

Raphoe Town v Gweedore Celtic

Mulroy Academy M v Bonagee United

Illistrin FC v Gweedore United

Lagan Harps v Swilly Rovers

Finn Valley v Mulroy Academy S

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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