Harps faced a short sided Parlour FC squad on a lovely sunny morning after a two week break. With the numbers in their favor, Harps dominated possession and strung together some lovely attacking passing and solid midfield play by Jessica Bacon. Aoife West sent in a lovely ball from a corner which found the head of Joelle Gozlan for a clinical finish putting Harps ahead. PFC was able to hold off any more scoring with strong play from keeper, Susan Kistler and sweeper Jodi Andrews and were eventually at full strength. PFC’s Pearl Odu wreaked havoc beating several players, but Harps’ defense remained impenetrable ending the half in the lead.
The second half produced a more even attacking Harps and PFC. Odu drew a foul about 20 yards out and stepped up to place a spectacular free kick just under the crossbar and out of the reach of keeper Megan Hare for the equalizer. Newcomer Beth Hemminger displayed some clever runs and crosses from the flank to pressure PFC, but Harps were unable to finish. Harps made one final attacking effort in front of PFC’s net for the winner with a second dramatic diving header by Gozlan which just went wide. Both teams each walked away with a well deserved point.
Best for Harps: Jessica Bacon, Beth Hemminger
Best for PFC: Susan Kistler