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Match Centre

Womens Premiership
Wednesday 19 May 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Midgley Park

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Louise Thompson

Linfield Ladies home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Derry City Women
  •   Rebecca McKenna 68'
  •   Alison Smyth 71' (pen)
  •   Katie Dickson 90+1'
  •   Lauren Cregan 60'
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©Declan Roughan

BLUES SURVIVE SCARE TO CLAIM POINTS

Linfield Ladies recorded their first win in three matches but suffered a huge scare against Derry City Women - who continue to demonstrate their improvements this season. 
 
Lauren Cregan broke the deadlock for the Candystripes at Midgely Park on the hour, in what promised to set up what would potentially be the biggest shock result in many years. 
 
Linfield’s Alison Smyth had been thwarted from the penalty spot as she hit the post in the first half to add to the Blues frustrations, but the home side did eventually turn the score around. 
 
Eight minutes after falling behind, Rebecca McKenna levelled the score and when striker Smyth was handed her second opportunity from the spot three minutes later - she did not miss. 
 
Katie Dickson added a third for Phil Lewis’s side late on to make sure of the points but it was a match that highlighted the fact that the league will be more competitive than ever this season.
 
The visitors were dangerous throughout - Paula McGrory fired wide earlier on while Rebecca Bassett - who was replaced early by Ebony Leckey - and McKenna went for the Blues.
 
Linfield’s penalty in the 38th minute came as McKenna was felled in the box but Smyth was thwarted by the woodwork and Derry goalkeeper Clare Friel did well to save the rebound, while O’Connor then fired wide for the visitors before the break.
 
Naomi Donnan rattled the post early in the second half before Cregan broke the deadlock after good work by McGrory.
 
Cregan was denied a second by Linfield’s debutant goalkeeper Erin McAllister and the Blues then hit back - McKenna’s equaliser via a slight deflection and Smyth’s penalty after Victoria Carleton was felled in the box.
 
Both sides were dangerous from then on but Courtney Moore and McKenna combined to set up Dickson to seal the win.
 
Linfield Ladies: McAllister, Fitzsimmons, McFrederick, Hutton, Moore, Carleton, Bassett, Smyth, McKenna, Dickson, Donnan subs Adams (not used), Dempster (replaced Smyth 79), Power (not used), Leckey (replaced Bassett 36), McConnell (replaced Donnan 90) 
 
Derry City Women: Friel, Lafferty, McMullan, Canavan, Coyle, McGonagle, Cregan, D. Doherty, McGrory, O'Connor, Gordon subs Barr (not used), Donaghey (not used), Logue (replaced McMullan 75), A. Doherty (replaced O'Connor 57), McFadden (replaced McGonagle 85)

  • FULL TIME
    Linfield Ladies   3 - 1 Derry City Women
  • GOAL

    Katie Dickson

    Linfield Ladies

    90+1'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Naomi Donnan

    Linfield Ladies

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kathryn McConnell

    Linfield Ladies

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alison McGonagle

    Derry City Women

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Natalie McFadden

    Derry City Women

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alison Smyth

    Linfield Ladies

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Amber Dempster

    Linfield Ladies

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Naomi McMullan

    Derry City Women

    75'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Caoimhe Logue

    Derry City Women

    75'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Alison Smyth

    Linfield Ladies

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Naomi McMullan

    Derry City Women

    71'
  • GOAL

    Rebecca McKenna

    Linfield Ladies

    68'
  • GOAL

    Lauren Cregan

    Derry City Women

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tara O'Connor

    Derry City Women

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Alana Doherty

    Derry City Women

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Vicky Carleton

    Linfield Ladies

    41'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rebecca Bassett

    Linfield Ladies

    36'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ebony Leckey

    Linfield Ladies

    36'

Linfield Ladies

  • Erin McAllister
  • Mia Fitzsimmons
  • Louise McFrederick
  • Ashley Hutton
  • Courtney Moore
  • Vicky Carleton 41'
  • Rebecca McKenna 68'
  • Rebecca Bassett red substitution 36'
  • Alison Smyth red substitution 79' 71'
  • Katie Dickson 90+1'
  • Naomi Donnan red substitution 90'

Substitutes

  • Nicole Adams
  • Amber Dempster green substitution 79'
  • Martine Power
  • Ebony Leckey green substitution 36'
  • Kathryn McConnell green substitution 90'

Derry City Women

  • Clare Friel
  • Eimear Lafferty
  • Naomi McMullan 71' red substitution 75'
  • Kathryn Canavan
  • Teresa Marie Coyle
  • Alison McGonagle red substitution 85'
  • Lauren Cregan 60'
  • Danielle Doherty
  • Paula McGrory
  • Tara O'Connor red substitution 57'
  • Nicole Gordon

Substitutes

  • Naomh Barr
  • Grace Donaghey
  • Alana Doherty green substitution 57'
  • Natalie McFadden green substitution 85'
  • Caoimhe Logue green substitution 75'
© Declan Roughan

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