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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAMEWEEK 12 RECAP

12 Sep 2022
football
© Johnny Caldwell Action from Glentoran's victory over Sion Swifts

Cliftonville Ladies’ relentless pursuit of a first ever top-flight title in the women’s game continued with a 6-0 win over Mid Ulster Ladies, that marked their eleventh straight victory and kept their 100% record intact.

Caitlin McGuinness continued her fine run of form this season, with the Premiership’s leading scorer bagging two goals to take her total to 16 for the campaign. Marissa Callaghan also scored twice, Megan Moran and finally Louise McDaniel also all finding the net for the North Belfast club.

The leaders’ victory was matched by Glentoran’s win to earn maximum points against a resilient Sion Swifts Ladies at Ashfield High School, in a tightly fought encounter.

The reigning champions did take the lead through Kerry Beattie but her goal was cancelled out later in the first half by Swifts midfielder Kerry Brown. It took Caragh Hamilton to break down a stubborn Sion defence on 76 minutes, and following that breakthrough, Imogen Lancaster scored her first goal for the club five minutes to seal a 3-1 win for the Glens.

Elsewhere, another high scoring encounter at the Bluebell seen Crusaders Strikers in third claimed a 5-0 victory over Lisburn Ladies. Megan Ingram opened the scoring, before Morganne Beggs made it two and late in the first half Emily Wilson hit a quick-fire double to make it 4-0. That score remained throughout the second period, in a much quieter half, but Abigail Redmond scored a late fifth to put the icing on the cake for the Crues.

There was no shortage of goals in the other game of the night at Midgley Park as Linfield Ladies put seven past Derry City Women to keep their hopes of a place in the top half of the split alive.

Ebony Leckey opened the scoring after just three minutes in a quiet first half, the game eventually burst to life straight out of the blocks in the second period as Carla Devine scored straight from the restart. Further goals from Louise McFrederick and then a double from Sienna Leckey made it five. Teenage forward Keri Halliday completed the scoring with two late goals for herself to cap off a memorable night for the Blues.