CONVINCING CRUES CRUSH COMBER
Sasha Claire, Faith Johnston and Amy McGivern all netted two goals apiece as Crusaders ran out comprehensive victors at home to Comber Rec. Ladies, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Holly Otter, Julie Nelson, Aimee McNeil, Heather Mearns and Caitlyn Hamilton were also on target for the North Belfast side in the convincing victory.
The Strikers dominated the match from start to finish with their fitness proving too much for Comber to deal with on the night. Clare opened the scoring on seven minutes when she latched onto a fine cross from Chloe Archibald and five minutes later Johnston doubled the lead with a fine poached effort.
McGivern added a tremendous third goal on 14 minutes with a pile driver into the top left corner before Clare added her second of the night on 24 minutes when she converted a lovely cross by Johnston.
Otter added the fifth on 27 minutes, making a fine run into the box and coolly slotting the ball beyond Leigh Skelton. Captain Nelson added number six from a Courtney Moore corner, latching onto a loose ball and smashing it into the roof of the net. McGivern added her second of the night with a close range header just before half time to make it 7-0.
Strikers' dominance continued into the second half and Johnston grabbed her brace on 52 minutes smashing the ball into the top corner. Nelson and Wright both hit the woodwork before substitute McNeill scored on 69 minutes - calmly placing her shot beyond Skelton. Mearns took Strikers into double figures on 88 minutes before Hamilton finished the rout on the final whistle.
Crusaders Strikers: McCaughtry, Archibald, Hamilton, McGivern, Wright, Mearns, Johnston, Moore, Nelson, Clare, Otter subs McCann (replaced Archibald 69), Morton (not used), Chalmers (not used), McNeill (replaced Johnston 59), Rea (replaced McGivern 52)
Comber Rec. Ladies: Skelton, Kerr, Carville, Clarke, Ferguson, Shannon, Johnston, Magowan, Calder, Gore, Oprey subs Walker (not used), Burns (not used), McCormick (not used), Glass (not used), McCullough (not used)