GLENTORAN WOMEN CROWNED CHAMPIONS
Glentoran’s title party began with a convincing victory – their ninth in a row in the top-flight – as they saw off Derry City Women.
Lauren Wade was top scorer on the night as she bagged four goals in total and remarkably she scored twice within the space of a minute twice, netting in the 22nd, 23rd, 45th and 46th minutes.
Caragh Hamilton had opened the scoring for the Glens in the 14th minute and she added another 20 minutes later, while Nadene Caldwell also netted in the first half.
Danielle Maxwell added an eighth ten minutes from time before Caroline Gallagher pulled a consolation goal back for the Candystripes, before Cora Morgan added another for the hosts.
Hamilton – who opened the scoring - became provider playing vital roles in each of Wade’s four first half goals.
Caldwell and Hamilton were both able to capitalise again, each scoring individual strikes.
Goal number eight came from Maxwell after interchanging playing involving Wade and Chloe McCarron before Derry got one back: a through ball past the Glentoran defence left Gallagher free inside the box and beating Glens goalkeeper Ashleigh McKinnon.
The final goal of the match and of the season came courtesy of a Morgan header.
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, Timoney, Foy, E. McMaster, Caldwell, Hamilton, Maxwell, Mervyn, Wade, McKearney, McCarron subs Dennison (replaced Foy 46), Duffy (not used), Morgan (replaced Hamilton 46), Dunne (not used), Howe (replaced Caldwell 56)
Derry City Women: Friel, McMullan, Coyle, Doherty, Gallagher, McGrory, Connolly, Havlin, Donaghey, O'Connor, Callaghan subs McColgan (replaced Havlin 73), Lafferty (replaced Callaghan 68), Lapsley (not used), Kelly (replaced Connolly 46), Harkin (not used)