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Womens Premiership


11 May 2022
© Johnny Caldwell

Glentoran Women and Cliftonville Ladies both retained their perfect winning starts to the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership campaigns with five-goal victories.

The Glens recorded a comfortable victory over Crusaders Strikers at Ashfield Boys HS while the Reds were made to work hard before running out winners at newly-promoted Mid Ulster Ladies.

Lauren Wade netted twice for Billy Clarke’s Glens side, either side of a remarkable run of scoring three goals within the space of four first-half minutes.

After Wade opened the scoring in the first minute, Jess Foy’s penalty doubled Glentoran’s advantage in the 22nd minute before Rachel Rogan and Casey Howe added goals in the 24th and 25th minutes respectively, before Northern Ireland international Wade added the fifth in the second half.

Caitlin McGuinness and Fi Morgan both netted doubles for Cliftonville in their victory over Lisburn at the Bluebell Stadium, after Kirsty McGuinness had opened the scoring for the Reds in the first half.

Elsewhere, a last-minute equaliser for Leah McGonagle earned Derry City Women a point away to Mid Ulster Ladies – who came within seconds of their first ever top-flight victory.

Sharagh Murphy broke the deadlock for the hosts with less than 20 minutes remaining but McGonagle’s last-gasp goal earned a draw for the second week in a row for the Candystripes.

Elsewhere, Sion Swifts Ladies continued their strong run of form as Leontia McVarnock’s equaliser earned a point with five minutes remaining against Linfield Ladies.

The Blues had looked set to record their first victory in three league games after Keri Halliday’s first half opener but McVarnock’s late goal ensured a share of the spoils.