A full-sided Harps met a short-sided Luke’s at the kick-off. Despite the number disadvantage, Luke’s put pressure on Harps straight away. Precision passing and skilled off-the-ball runs forced Harps’ keeper Marissa Bea and defender Teresa Brink make heroic saves to deny Luke’s. Harps were unable to keep the ball out of their defensive half when speedy Luke’s striker Jessie Garcia got on the right side of a through ball and placed it perfectly out of Bea’s reach. Luke’s kept the pressure on Harps’ defense throughout the half and Maura Fitzsimmons capitalized on some confusion at the top of the 18 yard box by slipping the ball through the crowd and into the back of the net.
Harps increased their possession in the second half, and the defense kept the ball out of the net, but failed to challenge Luke’s keeper, Alison Leydon, to make any saves. Luke’s skill, fitness and speed earned them the well deserved three points and top spot on the table.
Best for Harps: Marissa Bea