Match Centre

VBET Women's Premiership League Cup
Sunday 30 June 2024 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Blanchflower Stadium

Attendance: 1102

Referee: Stuart McClelland

Cliftonville Ladies home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Lisburn Rangers
  •   Kirsty McGuinness 11'
  •   Vicky Carleton 90+4'
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McGUINNESS AND CARLETON ON TARGET AS REDS RETAIN LEAGUE CUP

Cliftonville Ladies retained the VBET Women's League Cup with a two-goal victory over Lisburn Rangers at the Blanchflower Stadium.

The Reds bossed proceedings from the off, almost breaking the deadlock as early as the ninth minute when Kirsty McGuinness executed a pinpoint delivery to tee up younger sister Caitlin down the left but her effort was smothered by keeper Emma Higgins.

The roles were reversed just a couple of minutes later, however, when Caitlin ran onto Victoria Carleton's ball over the top to square it for Kirsty to knock home at the far post.

Looking to cement Cliftonville's advantage, the McGuinness sisters continued to threaten the Rangers defence. Kirsty came close with another effort - a right-foot drive just over from outside the area - followed by a Caitlin attempt from inside the area after Louise McDaniel had played her through.

McDaniel came within a whisker of finding the net herself midway through the first half only to hit the crossbar from Abbie Magee's right-side cross.

Toni-Leigh Finnegan then smashed a low effort from the edge of the box off the right post, and then saw another effort impressively turned away for a corner by Higgins … and from the resultant set piece the Rangers keeper again showed her class by tipping over Kirsty McGuinness' shot from the edge of the area.

And Higgins was called into action again just before the break to deny Caitlin McGuinness with a superb reflex save from close range and, moments after that, to make a brave stop to thwart Kirsty.

Cliftonville almost grabbed their elusive second goal eight minutes after the interval after Caitlin McGuinness ran with the ball into the area, held off her marker and laid the ball across for Finnegan but, again, Higgins produced a brilliant diving save to turn the ball behind.

The second half proved to be less free flowing, with less opportunities created, although the Reds could have doubled their advantage on 70 minutes when Magee sent a powerful left-foot effort just over the top from outside the area.

However, as time ticked away, Rangers pushed hard for the equaliser, coming close on 79 minutes when Cliftonville keeper Rachel Norney dropped a corner under pressure from Faye Loughran before managing to scramble the ball away.

Then, five minutes after that, Ellie-Mae Dickson broke down the right to cross the ball for Gracie Conway just outside the area but her strong strike crashed back off the crossbar before, moments later, Sophie Megaw saw a follow up charged down by Norney.

But Cliftonville made sure deep into stoppage time when, following a flowing move, Marissa Callaghan cut the ball across for Carleton to execute a calm finish past Higgins.

Cliftonville Ladies: Norney, Burrows, Doherty, Morgan, Finnegan, Maxwell, McDaniel, C. McGuinness, Carleton, K. McGuinness, Magee subs McAllister, O'Neill, Devine, Callaghan, Markey, O. McGuinness, Irvine

Lisburn Rangers: Higgins, F. Loughran, Parker, McGreevy, Gelston Mulholland, Burden, Dickson, Megaw, McConnell, M. Loughran, Conway subs O'Rawe, Wilson, Tumelty, Walker, Little

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville Ladies   2 - 0 Lisburn Rangers
  • GOAL

    Vicky Carleton

    Cliftonville Ladies

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Hannah Doherty

    Cliftonville Ladies

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Molly Loughran

    Lisburn Rangers

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cara Tumelty

    Lisburn Rangers

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Danielle Maxwell

    Cliftonville Ladies

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Carla Devine

    Cliftonville Ladies

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kathryn McConnell

    Lisburn Rangers

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chloe Walker

    Lisburn Rangers

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Amy Burden

    Lisburn Rangers

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sophie O'Rawe

    Lisburn Rangers

    61'
  •  Yellow Card

    Kelsie Burrows

    Cliftonville Ladies

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Louise McDaniel

    Cliftonville Ladies

    59'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Marissa Callaghan

    Cliftonville Ladies

    59'
  • GOAL

    Kirsty McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    11'

Cliftonville Ladies

  • Rachael Norney
  • Kelsie Burrows 60'
  • Hannah Doherty 85'
  • Fionnula Morgan
  • Toni-Leigh Finnegan
  • Danielle Maxwell red substitution 70'
  • Louise McDaniel red substitution 59'
  • Caitlin McGuinness
  • Kirsty McGuinness 11'
  • Vicky Carleton 90+4'
  • Abbie Magee

Substitutes

  • Erin McAllister
  • Aoibhe O'Neill
  • Carla Devine green substitution 70'
  • Marissa Callaghan green substitution 59'
  • Katie Markey
  • Orleigha McGuinness
  • Chelsea Irvine

Lisburn Rangers

  • Emma Higgins
  • Faye Loughran
  • Helen Parker
  • Erin McGreevy
  • Caoimhe Gelston Mulholland
  • Amy Burden red substitution 61'
  • Ellie-Mae Dickson
  • Sophie Megaw
  • Kathryn McConnell red substitution 66'
  • Molly Loughran red substitution 72'
  • Gracie Conway

Substitutes

  • Sophie O'Rawe green substitution 61'
  • Anna Wilson
  • Cara Tumelty green substitution 72'
  • Chloe Walker green substitution 66'
  • Mia Little
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