In a closely contested Belfast derby, Crusaders Strikers took on Cliftonville Ladies at Seaview in the inaugural Power NI challenge trophy match.
With the vision of the Irish FA, to develop, foster and promote girls’ and women’s football in Northern Ireland, the partnership between both clubs and Power NI is crucial in supporting the grassroots promotion of and participation in the sport.
Crusaders dominated the first half and took an early lead but a spirited comeback by the Cliftonville Ladies resulted in a 3-3 draw taking the decision to penalties. In a dramatic and tense shoot out it was Cliftonville Ladies who held their collective nerve and won the day to take the trophy
Stephen Calvert, Chairperson of Crusaders Strikers said: “It’s fantastic to have the support from Power NI, it’s great to see that they are investing in local communities and really improving the lives young women involved in football.
“Football is a sport enjoyed by young and old alike, and with this sponsorship of both teams and the inaugural trophy match, we hope to attract even more ladies to our clubs to add to the already growing fan base.”
With an open day at Seaview, including family activities and junior teams’ skills demonstrations, the trophy match was a showcase for exceptional local talent, with players from both teams recently being selected to play for the national squad in the World Cup Qualifiers. .
Aine Bloomer from Power NI said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Cliftonville Ladies and Crusaders Strikers football teams which is right at the heart of the community and look forward to working with them throughout the rest of the season.”
Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier, has the knowledge and expertise when it comes to energy savings. For more information about Power NI’s community schemes log on to www.powerni.co.uk/partnerships