Harps advanced to the semi finals of the inaugural U15 national league with a commanding 5-0 victory over Bohemian FC. In wet conditions at Dry Arch Park, Bonagee, goals from captain Charlie White and Conor Black added to a further hat trick from Luke Rudden saw Harps run out comfortable winners in the end. The match was sponsored by Kavanagh’s SuperValu Ballybofey.
Harps started well and took the lead inside 10 minutes when Conor Black swung a corner into the box, Stephen Black challenged for the header to knock the ball down, the ball eventually falling to Charlie White who lashed the ball into the net with his right foot.
Rudden was lively from the start and had his first chance a few minutes later though couldn’t keep his lobbed effort from floating agonisingly over the crossbar.
At the other end Bohemians created their first chance when Andreas Lopez cut inside but his shot was routinely saved by Adrian McLaughlin, the Harps goalkeeper.
Bohemians best chance of the half fell to James McMahon-Carr who was free at the back post from a Samuel Ayoola cross, though when presented with the chance he blazed his shot over the bar under pressure from Kelan Collier.
Harps doubled their lead 3 minutes before the break when another teasing delivery from a Conor Black free kick caused havoc in the Bohemians area. Luke Rudden took charge and fired a strike through bodies and into the corner of the net.
Harps continued to press further in the second half and Rudden tested Stephen Damien, the Bohemians goalkeeper, out with a looping header after being played in by Conor Black.
Ayoola was being a nuisance to Harps and the tall forward had a glorious chance to pull a goal back for Bohemians early into the second half. A high floated free kick came to Ayoola inside the six yard box, however the striker’s goalbound effort was superbly denied by a reaction save by McLaughlin who managed to force the ball onto the crossbar with his left foot.
After that chance Harps began to dominate and Jamie Doherty was denied by Damian after an excellent pass from Luke Rudden.
Harps weren’t to be denied just 5 minutes later though when a miss-hit clearance from Damian came to Conor Black, the winger skipped by his man before serving Rudden with a delightful pass who made no mistake to fire into the empty net.
Doherty had a chance to further extend Harps advantage just a minute later when he got on the end of a deep Collier cross though his header was saved.
Harps didn’t have long to wait though as the very next passage of play saw Conor Black steal the ball from Joshua Daly, crossing to Rudden who moved the ball inside the defender before calmly slotting home his 3rd goal.
Harps added their fifth goal 4 minutes from the end when Kieran Tobin’s quick throw to Conor Black deceived the Bohemians defenders, Black breezed past the oncoming challenge to finish well to the keepers right.
There was still time for one more Harps chance in the final minute when again Black drifted past the defender though this time his low shot ricocheted off the base of the post and safely back to the hands of Moran Griffin, the Bohemian substitute goalkeeper.
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