Womens Premiership


08 Sep 2023

Glentoran Women stretched their lead at the top whilst Derry City Women made it back-to-back victories as another week of Sports Direct Women's Premiership action wrapped up.

There was also a comfortable victory for Linfield Women as Crusaders Strikers edged to a narrow win at Seaview.

The Glens are now nine points clear with three games remaining, although the title is far from a foregone conclusion since they still have to face Cliftonville Ladies - on Champions League duty in Portugal this week - who also, crucially, have two games in hand.

Glentoran hit double figures past Ballymena United Women at Ashfield, with Kerry Beattie bagging a hat-trick. Joely Andrews and Emily Wilson also grabbed two apiece while Megan Neill, Demi Vance, Chloe McCarron, and Rachel Rogan also got on the scoresheet.

Also on Friday night Crusaders Strikers moved back into third spot following a narrow defeat of Sion Swifts Ladies at Seaview with Amy McGivern knocking home the only goal of the game just before the hour mark.

Linfield and Derry City kicked the week off with victories over Larne Women and Mid Ulster Ladies respectively on Wednesday night.

The Blues hit eight without reply past Larne at Midgley Park. Ebony Leckey opened the scoring as early as the third minute, with Mia Moore striking barely sixty seconds after that.

Leckey found the net again midway through the first half before sister Sienna struck on the half-hour.

Emily Reid then hit a double just after the hour as Mia Fitzsimmons and Keri Halliday went on to wrap things up.

The Candystripes made it two wins on the bounce with a 4-1 victory over Mid Ulster at the Brandywell to move off the bottom of the table into eighth spot.

They initially fell behind to an Eimear McGarrity goal on three minutes, but Abby Alexander levelled just under ten minutes later.

Erin Coyle edged Derry in front later in the first half with Redden adding another just ahead of the break before going on to double her tally with around 20 minutes remaining.