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Girls Academy: Final countdown

There was Cup action galore throughout the Cliftonville Ladies Academy this weekend, with our Under-10s and Under-17s booking places in their respective SBYL Cup Finals.

Our Under-9s (pictured) also did us proud at the St Mary’s tournament, while Zara McCartan’s name was on the scoresheet for both the Under-15s and Under-17s in another typically busy few days of action.

Girls Academy Team of the Week (December 4-5)

Hollie Delaney, Abbie McCrory and Lily McCrea were among the goals when the Reds took on St Malachy’s, Barn United and host Club St Mary’s in a tournament at UUJ.

Despite suffering defeat to Lisburn Ladies in a Cup quarter-final clash at Colin Park, Mia McCracken impressed with a two-goal salvo.

Under-10s (White)
Caitlin Maguire and Holly Saunders both bagged doubles in Sunday’s friendly with Killyleagh at Avoniel.

Under-10s (Red)
Olivia McLoughlin was the star performer in Cliftonville’s SBYL Cup semi-final encounter with Lisburn Rangers at Brook, where Katie Lewis (2) and Niadh Fegan were also on target.

A busy weekend of action saw the team contest three friendlies – Emira Rapalyte netting against Killyleagh at Coláiste Feirste on Saturday; Amy McBride celebrating a double in Sunday’s tie with Ballymena at Ballysillan; and Maddy Mailey on target in the Solitude battle with Beann Mhadaghain.

Goals from Holly Campbell, Hazel Carlisle and Zara McCartan told the story of the Reds’ tie with Rosario at Brook.

An SBYL Cup Final place was secured thanks to Zara McCartan, Lucy Loughens and Brook McAree finding the net against Comber Rec at Aquinas.

Unfortunately, however, the Reds were denied a place in the Under-18 decider when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ballyclare Comrades.