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Bronx Soccer: Southbend take Bronx crown

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Southbend 1, Harps 0

The Bronx winter league final proved to be one of the best finals for a long time when Southbend retained the trophy with a 1-0 victory. The game was spoiled in part by the windy conditions but both teams played some good football in this close fought contest. Harps began the game well by moving the ball around and causing the Southbend defense all sorts of problems.

Sandra Swinbourne and Catherine Donaghue had chances to give the Harps the lead after fine wing play by Hilary Potkewitz, Alison Lineen in goal and Alish Dineen at sweeper were at their best to stop the flow of Harps attacks. Southbend were finding it difficult to create any sort of attack because of the wind. They, however, got close to taking the lead when good work by Kathy McKenna caused confusion in the Harps defense but a weak shot was cleared of the line by Martina Duffy.

The second half saw the Harps surprisingly continue where they left off playing some excellent football by Karen Shalvey and Nancy Manfredonia pushed their team forward in the hope of finding the first goal. Southbend stood firm and in the 60th minute found the breakthrough goal. A ball down the right by Helena Campion put McKenna through. Her low shot went past Harps keeper Chris Gallagher but rebounded off the post to Fiona Fallon who had the easiest job of putting the ball into the net.

Harps immediately tried to get back into the game. Potkewitz picked the ball up in her own half and went on a run past three defenders before hitting a powerful shot which was heading to the top corner of the net when Southbend keeper Alison Lineen pulled off a wonderful save. Then with a minute left Norma McCarthy hit a low cross into the box which was just missed by Catherine Donaghue. This ended the game and Southbend ran out winners denying the Harps the treble.

Shield Final

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Lansdowne 6, Fionas 0

Lansdowne left their best performance to the last when they completely dominated the Shield final. In gusty conditions they managed to produce a great performance against a weak Fionas team. Fionas were two down within the first 15 minutes when striker Patricia Barrett finished off two excellent opportunities. Lansdowne were dominating midfield with Bernadette Boyle instrumental in everything that her team was doing. By half time the game was over as a contest when two more goals were scored by Kathy McGrail making it 4-0. The second half was much the same story with both McGrail and Barrett completing hat tricks.

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