Womens Premiership


01 Sep 2023
© Bob Hall Derry City defeated Ballymena United on Wednesday evening

Glentoran Women stretched their lead at the top of the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership as Crusaders Strikers moved into third spot and Derry City closed the gap at the bottom.

The Glens moved six points clear at the summit thanks to a five-goal defeat of Lisburn Ladies at the Bluebell Stadium.

Emily Wilson opened the scoring with a scrappy finish after half-an-hour before Jess Foy bagged his first goal of the season with a thumping strike from distance into the top corner moments later.

Foy doubled her tally for the evening early in the second half with an overhead kick, with leading scorer Kerry Beattie then registering a 53rd minute volley and a fifth from the spot later in the half.

Crusaders Strikers climbed over Sion Swifts Ladies into third spot with a narrow win away to Larne Women, with the only goal of the game coming courtesy of Amy McGivern ten minutes after the interval.

Friday’s other game between Mid Ulster Ladies and Linfield Women was abandoned due to an unfortunate injury to a Mid Ulster player early in the match.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening, Derry City Women kicked the week off with a 4-2 defeat of Ballymena United Women in a hugely important basement battle at the Showgrounds.

The Candystripes moved in front after 12 minutes through Laura Connolly’s bullet header but Shelley Stothers levelled for the Sky Blues midway through the first half.

Derry responded with Ellie Redden’s excellent finish before the break - with further goals coming from Clarah Quigg and Hannah Hopkins to put the visitors out of sight despite Chelsea Millar grabbing a last gasp consolation for the home side.