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Match Centre

Womens Premiership
Wednesday 4 May 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Solitude

Attendance: 346

Referee: Michael McKenna

Cliftonville Ladies home-team
4 FT 1
away-team Crusaders Strikers
  •   Caitlin McGuinness 4' 47'
  •   Marissa Callaghan 45' (pen)
  •   Toni-Leigh Finnegan 90+4'
  •   Amy McGivern 2'
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Toni-Leigh Finnegan

REDS MAINTAIN PERFECT START

A brace from Caitlin McGuinness, a penalty from Marissa Callaghan and a late free kick from Toni Leigh Finnegan ensured Cliftonville Ladies maintained their 100% record so far in the league with a North Belfast derby win over Crusaders at Solitude.

The away side opened the scoring with just two minutes on the clock as Amy McGivern blasted the ball into the roof of the net after Cliftonville goalkeeper Rachel Norney had denied Emily Wilson from close range.

Crusaders’ lead would last just two minutes with Caitlin McGuinness pouncing on a defensive error before taking the ball past Maddy Harvey-Clifford and watching the ball trickle home to level for the Reds.

Whilst Cliftonville dominated possession and created the better openings following the early exchange of goals, it would be Crusaders who would miss a golden opportunity to regain the lead on 21 minutes.

Emily Wilson got the better of her marker before rattling the crossbar with a rasping strike from a tight angle.

They would be left to rue that miss when Abbie Magee was brought down by Mairead McCann inside the box on the stroke of half time and the referee awarded a spot kick.

Callaghan stepped up and emphatically fired the Reds ahead, with McGuinness adding her second and Cliftonville’s third just after the restart.

Leah McEvoy almost pulled a goal back for Crusaders on 62 minutes, but her shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and away from danger.

Finnegan sealed the win in injury time for the Reds, firing home a free kick from outside the area to make it three wins on the bounce for John McGrady’s side.

Cliftonville Ladies: Norney, White, Burrows, Morgan, Finnegan, Maxwell, McDaniel, C. McGuinness, McKimm, Callaghan, Magee subs Moran (not used), Montgomery (not used), Welsh (not used), Reilly (not used), McHenry (replaced White 69), Campbell (not used), Mailey (not used)

Crusaders Strikers: Harvey-Clifford, Hamilton, McGivern, McCann, McEvoy, Armour, Ingram, Chalmers, Wilson, McLaren, Rea subs Mearns (not used), Johnston (not used), McNeill (not used), Redmond (not used), Otter (replaced McGivern 62), Eddis (not used), Boyle (replaced McCann 54)

  • FULL TIME
    Cliftonville Ladies   4 - 1 Crusaders Strikers
  • GOAL

    Toni-Leigh Finnegan

    Cliftonville Ladies

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Abbie Magee

    Cliftonville Ladies

    90+3'
  •  Yellow Card

    Caitlyn Hamilton

    Crusaders Strikers

    90+3'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lisa Armour

    Crusaders Strikers

    90+3'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Yasmin White

    Cliftonville Ladies

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Abbie McHenry

    Cliftonville Ladies

    69'
  •  Yellow Card

    Maddy Harvey-Clifford

    Crusaders Strikers

    63'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Amy McGivern

    Crusaders Strikers

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Holly Otter

    Crusaders Strikers

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mairead McCann

    Crusaders Strikers

    54'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Darcy Boyle

    Crusaders Strikers

    54'
  • GOAL

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    47'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Marissa Callaghan

    Cliftonville Ladies

    45'
  • GOAL

    Caitlin McGuinness

    Cliftonville Ladies

    4'
  • GOAL

    Amy McGivern

    Crusaders Strikers

    2'

Cliftonville Ladies

  • Rachael Norney
  • Yasmin White red substitution 69'
  • Kelsie Burrows
  • Caitlin McGuinness 4' 47'
  • Fionnula Morgan
  • Danielle Maxwell
  • Marissa Callaghan 45'
  • Louise McDaniel
  • Toni-Leigh Finnegan 90+4'
  • Grace McKimm
  • Abbie Magee 90+3'

Substitutes

  • Megan Moran
  • Erin Montgomery
  • Lauren Welsh
  • Tara Reilly
  • Abbie McHenry green substitution 69'
  • Kayla Campbell
  • Hollie Mailey

Crusaders Strikers

  • Maddy Harvey-Clifford 63'
  • Caitlyn Hamilton 90+3'
  • Amy McGivern red substitution 62' 2'
  • Mairead McCann red substitution 54'
  • Leah McEvoy
  • Lisa Armour 90+3'
  • Meghan Ingram
  • Beth Chalmers
  • Emily Wilson
  • Rachel McLaren
  • Jessica Rea

Substitutes

  • Heather Mearns
  • Faith Johnston
  • Aimee McNeill
  • Abigail Redmond
  • Holly Otter green substitution 62'
  • Kerry Eddis
  • Darcy Boyle green substitution 54'

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