Leontia McVarnock (45 1)

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Amy Boyle Carr (55)
Kendra McMullan (59)
Lauren Brennan (61)

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(©AMMG Sports/Chris Scott)

SION TAKE COMMAND TO BOOK PLACE IN LEAGUE CUP FINAL

Sion continued their memorable cup run, having defeated holders Linfield at the quarter-final stage, by eliminating last year's beaten finalists Cliftonville 3-1 at Solitude in the semi-finals.

The Reds had led at half-time in bizarre circumstances, as Sion goalkeeper Charlotte Ferguson's clearance rebounding in off Leontia McVarnock to break the deadlock.

However, the County Tyrone side took command after the break with three unanswered goals including a long-range effort from Kendra McMullan strikes from Tyler Toland and Lauren Brennan.

The visitors dominated the first half with a fine performance from Reds goalkeeper Lauren Currie - with McMullan coming closest by hitting the post.

However, McVarnock gave the hosts the lead against the run of play when Ferguson's clearance went in via a deflection.

Three goals in seven minutes turned the tie on its head - Toland slotting home from Brennan's cross before a long-range McKenna striker and Brennan shot won the game for Sion.

Sion Swifts will now meet Glentoran in next month’s final.

Cliftonville Ladies: Currie, Moran, Finnegan, McEvoy, Orr, Da Silva, McConnell, M. Callaghan, Connolly, Weatherall, McVarnock subs C. Callaghan (not used), Mailey (not used), Dempster (replaced Weatherall 87), Devine (replaced Da Silva 72)

Sion Swifts Ladies: Ferguson, Connor, Hyndman, Crompton, McCarter, Toland, McMullan, Grant, Brennan, McGlade, Carr subs Burns (not used), Canning (not used), Lynch (replaced Grant 88), Brown (replaced McGlade 77)

Referee: Ryan Hanna