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Match Centre

Womens Premiership
Wednesday 28 April 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Brandywell Stadium

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Niall Gallagher

Derry City Women home-team
0 FT 4
away-team Cliftonville Ladies
  •   Marissa Callaghan 11'
  •   Caitlin McGuinness 40'
  •   Niamh Connolly 50' 61'
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Marissa Callaghan scored the first goal of the new Danske Bank Women's Premiership season ©JPJ Photography

REDS OFF TO A WINNING START

John McGrady’s Cliftonville Ladies were comfortable four-goal victors at Derry City Women as captain Marissa Callaghan and Northern Ireland international teammate Caitlin McGuinness among the scorers, on top of a Niamh Connolly second half double.
 
Callaghan open the scoring in the 11th minute by rounding Candystripes goalkeeper Clare Friel, before 18-year-old McGuinness netted on her debut after joining from Sion Swifts.
 
Caitlin’s sister Kirsty emerged as a second half substitute and she was the provided for Connolly adding a third five minutes after the break, before Connolly bagged her and second and the Reds’ fourth on the hour mark.
 
The McGuinness sisters were the two notable arrivals at Solitude over the close-season and Caitlin should have done better on 22 minutes, pushing her shot past the far post - after Callaghan had opened the scoring.
 
Paula McGrory went closest for the hosts - firing past the post on the half hour - before McGuiness made amends for the Reds with a brave far post header that made it two nil at the break.
 
The game was over as a contest on 50 minutes, as the influential Connolly scored her first, promptly followed by a second on 61 minutes before and she was denied her hat-trick on 72minutes, as the linesman adjudged Kirsty McGuiness’s deft through ball to be offside.
 
Only a superb save by Friel in the Derry goal kept Cliftonville at bay on 81minutes, as it looked certain that Kirsty McGuiness would open her account for the season.
 
Derry City Women: Friel, Lafferty, McMullan, Canavan, O'Connor, Gallagher, McGrory, McGonagle, Cregan, Coyle, Doherty subs Barr (not used), Connolly (replaced Doherty 83), Havlin (replaced Cregan 61), Donaghey (replaced O'Connor 69), Boyd (not used)
 
Cliftonville Ladies: Norney, Davis, Moran, White, Finnegan, McDaniel, C. McGuinness, Callaghan, Connolly, Weatherall, Orr subs McAuley (not used), McConnell (not used), K. McGuinness (replaced Davis 46), Montgomery (replaced Connolly 74), McHenry (replaced C. McGuinness 65)

  • FULL TIME
    Derry City Women   0 - 4 Cliftonville Ladies
  •  Yellow Card

    Toni-Leigh Finnegan

    Cliftonville Ladies

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Danielle Doherty

    Derry City Women

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Laura Connolly

    Derry City Women

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Niamh Connolly

    Cliftonville Ladies

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Erin Montgomery

    Cliftonville Ladies

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Grace Donaghey

    Derry City Women

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tara O'Connor

    Derry City Women

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    65'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Abbie McHenry

    Cliftonville Ladies

    65'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lauren Cregan

    Derry City Women

    61'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Megan Havlin

    Derry City Women

    61'
  • GOAL

    Niamh Connolly

    Cliftonville Ladies

    61'
  • GOAL

    Niamh Connolly

    Cliftonville Ladies

    50'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shona Davis

    Cliftonville Ladies

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kirsty McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    46'
  • GOAL

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    40'
  • GOAL

    Marissa Callaghan

    Cliftonville Ladies

    11'

Derry City Women

  • Clare Friel
  • Eimear Lafferty
  • Naomi McMullan
  • Kathryn Canavan
  • Tara O'Connor red substitution 67'
  • Caroline Gallagher
  • Paula McGrory
  • Alison McGonagle
  • Lauren Cregan red substitution 61'
  • Teresa Marie Coyle
  • Danielle Doherty red substitution 83'

Substitutes

  • Naomh Barr
  • Laura Connolly green substitution 83'
  • Megan Havlin green substitution 61'
  • Grace Donaghey green substitution 69'
  • Amy Boyd

Cliftonville Ladies

  • Rachael Norney
  • Shona Davis red substitution 46'
  • Megan Moran
  • Yasmin White
  • Toni-Leigh Finnegan 87'
  • Louise McDaniel
  • Marissa Callaghan 11'
  • Caitlin McGuinness red substitution 65' 40'
  • Niamh Connolly red substitution 74' 50' 61'
  • Megan Weatherall
  • Chloe Orr

Substitutes

  • Leah McAuley
  • Rachel McConnell
  • Kirsty McGuinness green substitution 46'
  • Erin Montgomery green substitution 74'
  • Abbie McHenry green substitution 65'

Derry City Women

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Cliftonville Ladies

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