Glentoran Women in seventh heaven after derby win

Cliftonville Ladies and Glentoran Women both continued their 100 percent winning starts to the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership campaigns with victories over Crusaders Strikers and Linfield Ladies respectively on Wednesday.

By Sports Desk
Thursday, 5th May 2022, 4:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2022, 4:53 pm

The Reds had suffered an early setback in their North Belfast derby clash as Amy McGivern gave the Strikers a second minute lead.

However, it took just two minutes for Northern Ireland international striker Caitlin McGuinness to respond and on the stroke of half-time, John McGrady’s side took the lead for the first time through a Marissa Callaghan penalty after Abbie Magee was felled in the area.

McGuinness added her second and the Reds third just after the break with Toni Leigh Finnegan’s free-kick making it 4-1 deep into stoppage time.

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Glentoran hit seven against Linfield. PICTURE: Johnny Caldwell

Across Belfast, there was a huge victory for champions Glentoran with two goals apiece from Casey Howe and Lauren Wade propelling them to a 7-1 victory over Linfield.

Three goals in four first half minutes from Howe, Makyla Mulholland and Wade put the Glens in total control before captain Jessica Foy added a fourth from the penalty spot nine minutes later.

Wade scored her second and the Glens fifth in the 51st minute before Nadene Caldwell added a sixth three minutes later, before Rachel McConnell netted a consolation for the Blues with 20 minutes remaining after a goalmouth scramble with Howe adding a seventh for the hosts in injury time.

First half goals from Cora Chambers and Aimee Durn propelled Sion Swifts Ladies to their second successive victory with a home win over Mid Ulster Ladies.

Having won 5-1 at the division’s other newly-promoted side Lisburn Ladies the previous week, Tony McGinley’s side secured their first home points of the campaign with a three-goal victory, as Naomi McLaughlin’s penalty seven minutes from time put the result beyond doubt.

Lisburn Ladies secured their first point of the campaign as they were held to a scoreless draw at Derry City Women, who are also off the mark for points this season.

In an evenly-contested match, the best chance of the encounter came four minutes from time as Lisburn’s Jessica Hall saw her penalty saved by Candystripes goalkeeper Clare Friel.