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Ladies Academy: Lauding Lily

There may not have been a full quota of teams in action but it was nevertheless another busy weekend of action for players at various levels of the Cliftonville Girls Academy.

Under-9s ace Lily McCrea (pictured) was one of a number of star performers for the Reds, who also toasted a hat-trick hero at Under-13 level in Rhiona Brennan and saw Holly Saunders net twice for the Under-10s.

Ladies Academy Team of the Week (October 7-9)

Hailey McAllister and Holly Delaney may have been on the scoresheet but it was Lily McCrea who stole the show with a sublime performance in the Irish FA Small-sided Games Development Programme encounter with Barn United.

Under-10s (Red)
Holly Saunders bagged a double in the Divisional Cup tie with North Belfast at Avoneil.

A hat-trick from Rhiona Brennan inspired Cliftonville against Magherafelt Sky Blues at Girdwood, where Emira Rapalyte was also on the scoresheet.

Amy McBride may have been the Reds’ sole goalscorer against Carryduff Colts, but Caoimhe May McDonnell and Cara Loughens received acclaim for fine personal contributions.

Aquinas provided the stage for the tie with Comber Rec, against whom Aoife Kavanagh netted twice alongside finishes from Hannah McEntee and Emma Callaghan.

Dearbhla Smyth was rewarded for a hard-working display when she was on target against Derry City at Ulidia.