Action from New Midgley Park (Picture: LinfieldFC.com)
Wednesday, 04 July 2018
Linfield Ladies defeated Portadown Ladies 9-0 to move four points clear at the top of the Dankse Bank Women's Premiership. Alison Smyth starred in the win as she bagged a hat-trick.
The Blues took a 17th minute lead when Lauren Robson provided the pass for Smyth to fire home from the edge of the box and open the scoring.
It soon became 2-0 when Megan Bell broke at speed to provide the assist for Louise McDaniel to find the net.
Linfield continued to press and a couple of Smyth headers went just wide of the post. Sarah Venney was next to threaten the goal when her long-range strike went narrowly over the cross bar before Robson provided the pass from wide left for McDaniel to turn on the edge of the box and drill in her second and Linfield’s third goal.
As half time approached Linfield scored their fourth, Bell setting up Chloe McCarron to fire home and give the league champions plenty of breathing space at the break.
Moving into the second half a fantastic cross from Robson found Smyth at the back post and she scored her second of the night and made it 5-0 to the Blues.
Just before the hour mark Smyth completed her hat-trick in style when she picked up the ball 25 yards out and fired into the far corner.
The Blues kept the pressure on and a great shot by Louise McFrederick on 65 minutes flew just past the post, as Linfield pressed for more.
In the 74th minute a low cross by Kirsty McGuinness was converted by Sarah Haddock for Linfield’s 7th goal.
Haddock and McGuinness combined again in the 80th minute to make it 8-0 when a McGuinness shot flew across the Portadown goalkeeper.
The scoring was completed with seven minutes remaining when the Megan Bell lobbed the onrushing keeper to wrap up another three points for Linfield.
Linfield Ladies: Perry, Robson, McDade, McFrederick, McCarron, Burrows, Venney, Bell, McKenna, McDaniel, Smyth subs Haddock (replaced Venney 62), McGuinness (replaced McDaniel 72), Donnan (replaced Robson 50)
Portadown Ladies: McCabe, Adamson, Donaldson, McAllister, McConnell, Calvin, Clements, Kerr, Burns, McKenna, Brown subs Hamill (replaced McAllister 10)
Referee: Ryan Hanna
|Chloe McCarron||45 +2|
|Megan McCabe||45 +9|