Harps faced the league leaders Bronx Ale in a long awaited and twice rained out match-up. Harps took charge with the numbers and wind advantage and dominated the first half. The return of Samantha Kee to Harps’ squad was a welcome one and she made an immediate impact producing attacking combinations and penetrating through balls past Bronx Ale’s defense. But it was off a set piece that Kee placed the ball just inside the far post from an expertly placed corner kick to beat keeper Jeannie Heinsohn.
Despite still being short of a full squad, Bronx Ale came out strong in the second half and made several threatening runs forcing some dramatics by Harps’ defense and Keeper Megan Hare to keep them off the board. Kee added to the tally with a shot just outside the box. Bronx Ale was relentless and were rewarded when April Wisniewski sent a corner in to Jackie Jones who skillfully turned and slotted it past the keeper to halve their deficit. Bronx Ale’s Elyse Hanley struck a rocket of a free kick sending towards goal but Hare got in the way making her the team hero with a valiant save in the final minute of the game to preserve the win for Harps.
Best for Harps: Samantha Kee, Megan Hare
Best for Bronx Ale: Elyse Hanley, Lauren Barton, Mary McEvoy, Beth Higgins