Womens Premiership


26 May 2023

Glentoran Women and Cliftonville Ladies continue to lead the way after gameweek six of the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership. 
The Glens kicked the week off on Wednesday evening with a nine-goal thumping of Ballymena United Women at the Showgrounds. 
Kerry Beattie hit a superb hat-trick to bring her tally for the season into double figures, opening the scoring on 18 minutes with a finish from a Joely Andrews corner. 
And the strength-in-depth at the east Belfast club was clearly demonstrated with the other goals coming from no fewer than six different players as Emily Wilson, Caragh Hamilton, Sarah Tweedie, Chloe McCarron, Joely Andrews and Rachel McIntyre also found the net. 
Defending champions Cliftonville remain second on goal difference, but hit three goals without reply past Lisburn Ladies at the Bluebell Stadium on Friday night. 
Caitlin McGuinness broke the deadlock on eight minutes before doubling up midway through the first half, with Hannah Doherty adding the third just before the break. 
Linfield Women are three points adrift in third spot after a 4-0 defeat of Larne Women at Inver Park. 
Sienna Leckey opened the scoring early on with a close range volley with Emily Reid adding a second around the 20 minute mark from inside the box. 
Carla Devine extended Linfield’s advantage early in the second half before substitute Rachel Kerr wrapped things up later in the game. 
Sion Swifts Ladies returned to winning ways with victory over Crusaders Strikers at the Melvin Sports Complex. 
Teegan Lynch needed only three minutes to edge the Swifts in front. The Crues had a chance to level, but Amy McGivern saw her spot-kick saved by Jennifer before Cora Chambers added a second for Sion later in the first half. Lauren Haynes then made sure of the points just after the hour. 
It was a good week, too, for Mid Ulster Ladies after they grabbed their first win of the season at Derry City Women’s expense on Wednesday. 
Eimear McGarrity was quick off the mark with the opening goal after barely two minutes with a rifled finish from the edge of the box, while Aimee McClure hit the all-important second with ten minutes left on the clock.