BLUES STAGE LATE RALLY TO CLAIM POINTS
Linfield Ladies came from a goal down to beat a determined Derry City Women 3-1 at the Brandywell to record their first league victory since the opening day of the season.
Tara O’Connor had given the Candystripes a first-half lead but late goals from Emily Reid, Rhyleigh Marks and Ebony Lecky ensured the Blues secured an away win.
A first half defensive mix up in the Linfield penalty area resulted in Linfield keeper Currie hauling O’Connor to the ground, with the forward netting the resulting penalty.
The visitors were a much better side after the break and as Derry tired and ran out of defensive exit strategies, with Linfield’s pressure telling with three late goals.
Derry City: Friel, Johnston, McMullan, Curran, McGonagle, O'Connor, E. Callaghan, Ward, Connolly, Donaghey, Murphy subs Havlin (replaced E. Callaghan 58), Cunningham (replaced Murphy 83), McColgan (replaced Ward 46), Carlin (replaced Curran 46), Barr (not used)
Linfield Ladies: Currie, McMaster, Sweetlove, Hutton, Fitzsimmons, Timoney, Halliday, Marks, Weatherall, Dickson, Devine subs McAllister (replaced Currie 46), McConnell (not used), E. Leckey (replaced Dickson 55), Ward (replaced Weatherall 76), Reid (replaced Devine 60)