Womens Premiership


09 Jun 2023
Larne's Hollie Johnston hit four goals

The Sports Direct Women's Premiership rolled on as Glentoran Women, Cliftonville Ladies, Linfield Women, Sion Swifts Ladies and Larne Women all picked up three points on a high scoring night of league action.

Cliftonville topped the scoring charts with a crushing defeat of Ballymena United Women at Solitude.

Caitlin McGuinness kicked it all off as early as the fifth minute before bagging another three goals to bring her league tally for the season into double figures.

Danielle Maxwell and Marissa Callaghan knocked home two apiece while Fionnula Morgan and Toni-Leigh Finnegan also got their names on the scoresheet. Claire Shaw then wrapped things up with a second half hat-trick.

League leaders Glentoran remain three points clear after a five-goal home victory over Crusaders Strikers.

Three goals up within 20 minutes thanks to an opener from Joely Andrews and a brace from the league's leading scorer Kerry Beattie the Glens went on to rubber stamp their dominance with further finishes from Emily Wilson and Samantha Kelly.

Linfield also hit five without reply as they travelled to the Bluebell Stadium to get the better of Lisburn Ladies.

Mia Moore broke the deadlock on eight minutes but it took a Keri Halliday strike late in the first half to double the Blues' advantage.

Halliday struck Linfield's third just before the hour with substitute Emily Reid putting extra gloss on the scoreline with a late double.

It was a night to remember for Hollie Johnston as she bagged all four Larne goals in their 4-1 victory over Mid-Ulster Ladies at Inver Park.

The 30-year-old took barely two minutes to open the scoring after being teed up by Rebecca Boyce before finishing low into the bottom corner midway through the first half to double the home advantage.

Claire Rooney pulled one back early in the second half but Johnston struck again just after the hour to restore Larne's two-goal cushion before wrapping things up on 75 minutes.

Meanwhile, at the Melvin Sports Complex, Sion Swifts edged past Derry City Women in the North-West derby.

Teegan Lynch handed Sion a third minute lead but an Abby Alexander double either side of the break put the Candystripes in front.

Zoe McGlynn levelled for Sion around the hour mark before Lynch hit her second of the evening to edge the hosts back into the lead, with Cora Chambers making sure deep into stoppage time.