Kirsty McGuinness scored four for Linfield (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)
Wednesday, 02 May 2018
Kirsty McGuinness helped herself to four goals as Portadown Ladies welcomed defending champions Linfield Ladies to Shamrock Park for another historic meeting.
The Blues got off to a flying start with three goals in the first ten minutes to set the tone of things to come.
Rebecca McKenna kicked the scoring off after two minutes before doubling her tally four minutes after that. Northern Ireland international Kirsty McGuinness was next to score, knocking home Linfield's third in the eighth minute.
The Blues where playing with real confidence and a McGuinness corner forced the Ports keeper to push the ball out to the feet of Jennifer McDade who was there to fire home. Confusion in the Portadown defence once again allowed the young international Megan Bell to punish the mistake and fire Linfield's fifth goal in after half-an-hour.
Just before the break McGuinness was put through from a pinpoint Sarah Venney pass. Linfield's leading goalscorer buried the ball in the back of the net to make the score 6-0 at the interval.
It only took five minutes into the second half for Alison Smyth to but the ball in the back of the net from a McGuinness assist before McGuinness, shortly after, completed her hat-trick.
Portadown and Linfield both made changes as the game progressed with two of the Linfield subs getting on the scoresheet. Abbie Magee scored in the 75th minute, assisted by Lauren Robson, and Louise McDaniel scored in the 79th minute, assisted by McGuinness.
And McGuinness completed the scoring soon after to bring her tally to four for the night.
Portadown Ladies: McCabe, Donaldson, Adamson, Hall, McAllister, McConnell, Kerr, Henderson, McKenna, Silva, Ashe subs Hoye (replaced Ashe 40), Duffy (replaced McKenna 73), Ruddy (replaced McAllister 29)
Linfield Ladies: Perry, Myles, Hutton, McDade, Robson, McKenna, Venney, McCarron, McGuinness, Smyth, Bell subs Burrows (replaced Hutton 52), Magee (replaced Smyth 57), McFrederick (not used), McDaniel (replaced McCarron 57)
Referee: Glenn McKinstry
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