For a second weekend in succession, Carrick Ladies’ junior section were the talk of the club when the Under-13 girls so very nearly went all the way in the Premier Trophy at Sunday afternoon’s Northern Ireland U13 Finals tournament.
Under the guidance of Kelly Waide, supported at training by Lois Passmore and Neil McConnell, Carrick’s squad produced a series of highly-competitive displays at Lisnagarvey, delivering four wins, one draw, and only two defeats throughout the afternoon’s proceedings.
Carrick swept through the opening rounds of the tournament, defeating Owls, Ballymoney, South Antrim, and Grosvenor, losing out only to Portadown.
This highly-impressive performance took them through into the eliminators for the Premier Trophy competition, the U-13 Cup, where the opposition became even more intense.
In the cup eliminators, Carrick narrowly lost their opening game 1-0 to Pegasus and then drew 1-1 with Rainey. During the afternoon, Carrick’s goals were scored by Ellie Finlay (two), Caitlin Clarke (two), Nicole Crossan, and Sarah Robinson.
After the tournament, Carrick coach Kelly Waide enthused about her highly promising young players, their inspirational captain Ellie Kirk, and the excellent support from the sidelines.
“The girls were just fantastic today and I’m super, super, proud of them,” she said.