A BRACE by Nakita Burke and another from Caroline Gallagher gave Lagan Harps a 3-0 win over Bonagee United at Dry Arch Park last night.
Bonagee United 0 Lagan Harps 3
Lagan started the better and attacked from the off only to run into Clair Orr in the Bonagee defence.
Lauren Lynch broke through for Bonagee and her pass was blocked by Michelle Kelly.
Bonagee continued to pressure with long balls coming from Emma Ryan.
Kaneshia McKinney ran through the Bonagee rearguard, but Anna Doherty, the Bonagee ‘keeper, denied her with a fine save.
Lagan’s first goal came from Burke (pictured above) who broke through the Bonagee defence and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Jade Martin had a great long range shot just before half time which went narrowly wide.
Burke had a free kick which hit the crossbar and shortly after got her second after a kick out from Doherty fell to McClafferty, who teed up Burke.
The deadly Burke rounded two defenders before firing home and Gallagher got the third of the night soon after to seal the win.
Best for Lagan were Meghan Reid and Kaneshia McKinney with a team performance from Bonagee.
Meanwhile, Lagan will take on Greencastle FC in this year’s Ulster Cup final.
In Sunday’s semi-finals, Lagan coasted to a 5-0 win over Illies Celtic while Greencastle held their nerve to overcome Bonagee United 4-3 on penalties after being held to a scoreless draw by the Dry Arch girls.
Lagan inflicted pain on Ilies with Nakita Burke’s hat-trick supplemented by goals from Caoimhe Walsh – a day after featuring for the Republic of Ireland Under-17s – and Ciana Brogan.
This year’s decider will be a repeat of 2014’s dramatic showpiece, which was won by the Inishowen girls 3-2.
Marie Kelly and Gemma McGuinness had Greencastle 2-0 but, after Lauren Harper and Caroline Gallagher drew Lagan level, it took a late winner from Nicole Gordon to seal the deal.