Demi Vance (76)
Demi Vance (77)

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VANCE DOUBLE HELPS GLENS SECURE LEAGUE CUP GLORY

Glentoran Women hit a quickfire second half double to seal victory against Sion Swifts Ladies in the final of the Women’s Premiership League Cup.

The evenly matched final burst into life after 13 minutes when Rachel Rogan was adjudged to have been fouled by Tasmin McCarter. Demi Vance stepped up but her tame penalty was well saved by Nicole McClure in the Sion Swifts’ goal.

It proved to be the best chance of a half which produced limited chances, as Rachel Rogan narrowly missed out on the opportunity to open the scoring for the Glens on 25 minutes when her close range effort went narrowly wide from a good position – with the sides going in level at the break.

In the second half it was the East Belfast pressing forward against their County Tyrone opponents, but were restricted to a number of unsuccessful long range free-kicks firstly through Vance again, then Makyla Mulholland.

The breakthrough came on 75 minutes as Demi Vance on hand to fire home from a tight angle after Rachel Rogan’s initial effort which had bounced back off the foot of the post.

Player of the match Demi Vance doubled her tally for the evening straight from the restart to kill the game off in balmy conditions at Seaview. She raced through the centre of the Sion defence and slid the ball under Jamaican international keeper McClure.

Time eventually ran out for the Swifts, as Glentoran Women celebrated their first League Cup success in the NI Football League at Seaview.

Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Foy, Caldwell, Mulholland, Vance, Rogan, Carleton, Bailie, Carleton, Davis, Simpson subs McKinnon (not used), Peachey (not used), McMaster (replaced Carleton 56), Kelly (replaced Bailie 56), Beattie (replaced Rogan 87)

Sion Swifts Ladies: McClure, Hyndman, Burns, McCarter, Crompton, Toland, Grant, McGlynn, McGlade, Brown, Brennan subs O'Hagan (not used), Brogan (not used), Canning (not used), McDaid (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Brennan 56)

Referee: Louise Thompson