TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH ENDS ALL SQUARE
Sion Swifts came from two goals down to draw at champions Linfield and maintain their place at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.
Blues boss Phil Lewis made two changes to the starting line up from last week’s victory at Crusaders with Casey Howe and Naomi Donnan coming in to replace Rebecca McKenna and Louise McFrederick in the starting eleven.
Rebecca Bassett gave the Blues a seventh minute lead following a free-kick from captain Kirsty McGuinness in the only big opportunity in the opening period.
Six minutes after the break, the hosts doubled their lead when a fantastic reverse pass from Chloe McCarron put skipper Kirsty McGuinness through on goal and she brilliantly lobbed Sion goalkeeper Nicole McClure to double the lead.
On 62 minutes Sion were right back in the game when a spell of pressure ended with a ball played across the face of goal being tapped in by Amy Boyle Carr, giving home goalkeeper Lauren Perry no chance and making the score 2-1.
With 10 minutes remaining, Sion levelled the score when the ball ran loose for Ciara Grant to slide the ball home for 2-2.
The Blues were reduced to ten players in injury time when Linfield’s Louise McDaniel received a second yellow card.
Both teams had half chances to steal the points but the game ended 2-2, leaving Sion a point clear of the Blues but having played one game more.
Linfield: Perry, Hutton, Bassett, K. McGuinness, Burrows, Timoney, Magee, Howe, Donnan, C. McGuinness, McCarron subs Fitzsimmons (not used), McCleary (not used), O'Donnell (replaced Bassett 70), McDaniel (replaced Howe 63)
Sion Swifts Ladies: McClure, Connor, Brown, McCarter, Hyndman, Crompton, McGlynn, Desmond, Grant, Henry, Carr subs McDaid (not used), Burns (replaced Connor 90+9), Brand (not used), Feehan (not used), Walsh (not used)