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Match Centre

Womens Premiership
Wednesday 21 July 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Brandywell Stadium

Attendance: 57

Referee: Louise Thompson

Derry City Women home-team
1 FT 6
away-team Cliftonville Ladies
  •   Tara O'Connor 90'
  •   Rachel McConnell 19' 54' 82'
  •   Erin Montgomery 26' 57'
  •   Caitlin McGuinness 86'
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Rachel McConnell ©NI Football League

McCONNELL BAGS THREE AS REDS HIT CANDYSTRIPES FOR SIX

Cliftonville Ladies are just one point off the pace at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with two games in hand thanks to a thumping 6-1 victory at Derry City Women.
 
Rachel McConnell was the star of the show for the Reds as she netted a hat-trick with Erin Montgomery grabbing two and Northern Ireland international Caitlin McGuinness adding a sixth late on.
 
Tara O’Connor tapped home a consolation for the Candystripes in the closing stages following a corner but it was a ninth win from ten league outings for John McGrady’s Cliftonville.
 
McConnell opened the scoring with a glancing header from Yasmin White’s free-kick before White again was provider to pick out Montgomery six minutes later.
 
Caitlin McGuinness and Marissa Callaghan squandered good chances to add to the Reds’ lead before the break, as both fired over the crossbar.
 
Callaghan then smacked the post after the interval with a curling effort before McConnell nabbed her second of the game on 54 minutes with White again the provider for the sliding finish.
 
Their fourth goal of the evening arrived just two minutes later, with Montgomery netting the second of her brace - McGuinness lifted the ball to the back post and Montgomery smashed a shot into the back of the net.
 
Derry had goalkeeper Clare Friel to thank for keeping the score down, as she denied Megan Weatherall and McGuinness in quick succession.
 
McConnell completed her hat-trick on 79 minutes, when she powered home a header from Callaghan’s left field cross. 
 
McGuinness then completed the route, producing a superb finish, lobbing the ball over Friel, who had come off her line. 
 
The Reds were unable to return to Belfast with a clean sheet however, as Derry scored a consolation goal with just three minutes remaining. 
 
O’Connor arrived at the back post to tap home from a corner. It had little bearing on the final result as the Candystripes remain bottom of the standings.
 
Derry City Women: Friel, McMullan, Canavan, Coyle, D. Doherty, Gallagher, Connolly, Donaghey, A. Doherty, O'Connor, Callaghan subs Kelly (replaced A. Doherty 72), Devlin (replaced Donaghey 80), Carlin (not used), Cooper (not used), Harkin (replaced Connolly 85)
 
Cliftonville Ladies: Norney, White, Moran, Davis, McDaniel, C. McGuinness, McConnell, Callaghan, McHenry, Weatherall, Montgomery subs McKimm (replaced Weatherall 72), Finnegan (not used), Reilly (replaced McConnell 83), Copeland (not used), Madden (replaced Montgomery 86)

  • FULL TIME
    Derry City Women   1 - 6 Cliftonville Ladies
  • GOAL

    Tara O'Connor

    Derry City Women

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Erin Montgomery

    Cliftonville Ladies

    86'
  • GOAL

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cerys Madden

    Cliftonville Ladies

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Laura Connolly

    Derry City Women

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Louise Harkin

    Derry City Women

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Rachel McConnell

    Cliftonville Ladies

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tara Reilly

    Cliftonville Ladies

    83'
  • GOAL

    Rachel McConnell

    Cliftonville Ladies

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Grace Donaghey

    Derry City Women

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shannen Devlin

    Derry City Women

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Alana Doherty

    Derry City Women

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathleen Kelly

    Derry City Women

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Megan Weatherall

    Cliftonville Ladies

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Grace McKimm

    Cliftonville Ladies

    72'
  • GOAL

    Erin Montgomery

    Cliftonville Ladies

    57'
  • GOAL

    Rachel McConnell

    Cliftonville Ladies

    54'
  • GOAL

    Erin Montgomery

    Cliftonville Ladies

    26'
  • GOAL

    Rachel McConnell

    Cliftonville Ladies

    19'

Derry City Women

  • Clare Friel
  • Naomi McMullan
  • Kathryn Canavan
  • Teresa Marie Coyle
  • Danielle Doherty
  • Caroline Gallagher
  • Laura Connolly red substitution 85'
  • Grace Donaghey red substitution 80'
  • Alana Doherty red substitution 72'
  • Tara O'Connor 90'
  • Naiomh Callaghan

Substitutes

  • Cathleen Kelly green substitution 72'
  • Ellie Carlin
  • Orlaith Cooper
  • Shannen Devlin green substitution 80'
  • Louise Harkin green substitution 85'

Cliftonville Ladies

  • Rachael Norney
  • Yasmin White
  • Megan Moran
  • Shona Davis
  • Rachel McConnell red substitution 83' 19' 54' 82'
  • Erin Montgomery red substitution 86' 26' 57'
  • Louise McDaniel
  • Marissa Callaghan
  • Caitlin McGuinness 86'
  • Abbie McHenry
  • Megan Weatherall red substitution 72'

Substitutes

  • Grace McKimm green substitution 72'
  • Toni-Leigh Finnegan
  • Tara Reilly green substitution 83'
  • Megan Copeland
  • Cerys Madden green substitution 86'

Derry City Women

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Cliftonville Ladies

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