Womens Premiership


19 May 2024
© Pacemaker Press Eve Reilly bagged a hat-trick for Linfield

The Avenir Sports All-Island Cup group stages ended on a high note for sides from the Women's Premiership, with Linfield Women topping their group to progress to the last eight of the competition.

There was also emphatic victories over the weekend for Cliftonville Ladies and Glentoran Women, while Crusaders Strikers drew with Shamrock Rovers at Seaview.

Linfield booked their place in the quarter-finals after a six-goal defeat of Lisburn Ladies in the Group A clash at Midgley Park on Friday evening.

Eve Reilly was the star of the show with a quick fire second half hat-trick after the sides had gone in at the break scoreless.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring on 49 minutes after heading home Zoe Knox's corner from point blank range, before doubling up from the spot just nine minutes after that.

She then claimed the match ball just after the hour with a low effort across the face of goal after being played through by Rhianna Breen.

Bernadette Ferreira added to Linfield's tally soon after, with Eve Myles and Keri Halliday also getting on the scoresheet later in the game.

On Saturday Cliftonville Ladies travelled to Turner's Cross to defeat Cork City in Group B.

The Reds fell behind early on through a Colleen Kennedy strike, but turned the game around in the second half when Fionnula Morgan twice found the net either side of the hour mark.

Caitlin McGuinness then made sure of the points with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining but it wasn't enough to prevent John McGrady's side from exiting the competition.

Crusaders' hopes of progressing were dashed nine minutes from the end of their Group C clash with Shamrock Rovers on Sunday afternoon.

The Strikers went into the game knowing victory would secure a quarter-final berth, and all looked to be going well at the break after Darcie McNeill struck twice to cancel out Joy Ralph's sixth minute opener.

However Aine O'Gorman popped up for Rovers in the 81st minute to earn them the point that saw them top the group, and simultaneously signal the of Crusaders' chances.

Glentoran Women wrapped the weekend up in style with a 5-1 thumping of Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Already out of the competition following two earlier defeats, the Glens went out with a bang after goals from Kerry Beattie and Kelly Bailie handed them the advantage at the break.

Demi Vance added a third early in the second half, with Chloe McCarron and Joely Andrews adding to the impressive scoreline later in proceedings.