A short-sided Harps had a slight numbers advantage when facing an also short sided NYC United on a breezy fall morning. Harps came out pressuring immediately. A few threats on goal were averted by United until Amy Jackson made a penetrating run down the left flank sending in a beautiful cross to Suzy Malone who made contact but was aided by a defender resulting in an own goal. Harps’ defense was solid keeping United’s threats to a minimum, especially once they were full-sided. Harps’ defender Erin Cullen won possession of a United clearance just past midfield and took a shot from about 30 yards out and with the assistance of an unpredictable bounce, notched the Harps’ second goal ending the half at 2-0.
NYC United came out feisty in the second half, but Harps’ back line stayed strong to keep them off the board. Joelle Gozlan and Tricia Reed Geraghty were a constant threat up top and the duo succeeded with Geraghty assisting Gozlan on two goals. Gozlan made another attack that was initially blocked but Geraghty rebounded for the fifth and final goal of the match.
Best for Harps: Joelle Gozlan & Tricia Reed Geraghty