Match Centre

Womens Premiership
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Venue: Midgley Park

Attendance: 210

Referee: Louise Thompson

Linfield Ladies home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Sion Swifts Ladies
  •   Rebecca McKenna
  •   Abbie Magee 14'
  •   Casey Howe
  •   Caitlin McGuinness
  •   Louise McDaniel
  •   Rebecca Bassett
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Linfield's Naomi Donnan holds off the challenge of Zoe McGlynn ©NI Football League

BLUES GET TITLE DEFENCE OFF TO WINNING START

Reigning Danske Bank Women's Premiership champions Linfield got their campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Sion Swifts Ladies on Wednesday evening.

Abbie Magee's early strike decided the match at Midgely Park, with Jamaica's World Cup goalkeeper Nicole McClure making a string of fine saves for the visitors.

18-year-old Magee's strike around the quarter-of-an-hour mark was ultimately enough to win the game, finishing off Rebecca McKenna’s pass.

Lauren Brennan, on her return from pro football in Iceland, had a great opportunity to pull Sion level five minutes before the break when she found herself free on the edge of the box, but blazed high and wide.

McClure made several fine saves for Sion. Two fingertip stops from Kirsty McGuinness on the stroke of half-time kept the visitors in contention.

The second half saw Linfield create a number of chances with McKenna flying down the right wing and putting excellent crosses into the box only to see the chances go begging.

Linfield kept up the pressure with McClure forced into a world class save from Chloe McCarron in the final minutes, as the Blues ran out 1-0 winners in an entertaining encounter. 

Linfield: Perry, McFrederick, Bell, K. McGuinness, Burrows, Timoney, McKenna, Magee, Howe, Donnan, McCarron subs Adams (not used), Bassett (replaced Magee 87), McDaniel (replaced McKenna 90+2), Cameron (not used), C. McGuinness (replaced Howe 60)

Sion Swifts Ladies: McClure, Connor, McCarter, Burns, Hyndman, Toland, O'Hagan, Grant, Brennan, Brown, McGlynn subs Crompton (replaced O'Hagan 65), Brogan (not used), McDaid (replaced Brennan 75), Lynch (replaced McGlynn 57), Mailey (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield Ladies   1 - 0 Sion Swifts Ladies
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rebecca McKenna

    Linfield Ladies

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Louise McDaniel

    Linfield Ladies

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Abbie Magee

    Linfield Ladies

    87'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rebecca Bassett

    Linfield Ladies

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Casey Howe

    Linfield Ladies

    60'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Linfield Ladies

    60'
  • GOAL

    Abbie Magee

    Linfield Ladies

    14'

Linfield Ladies

  • Lauren Perry
  • Louise McFrederick
  • Megan Bell
  • Kirsty McGuinness
  • Kelsie Burrows
  • Clare Timoney
  • Rebecca McKenna red subsititutions  90
  • Abbie Magee red subsititutions  87  14
  • Casey Howe red subsititutions  60
  • Naomi Donnan
  • Chloe McCarron

Substitutions

  • Caitlin McGuinness green subsititutions  60
  • Louise McDaniel green subsititutions  90
  • Rebecca Bassett green subsititutions  87

Sion Swifts Ladies

Substitutions

Linfield Ladies

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