Carla Devine (21)

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Nicole Connolly (38)

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Nicole Connolly levelled for Crusaders Strikers

NORTH BELFAST DERBY ENDS ALL SQUARE

Cliftonville Ladies and Crusaders Strikers shared the points in the last North Belfast derby of the season.

It's been a win apiece so far this season with Cliftonville winning the last match between the sides.

The game started as a fairly scrappy contest with few chances created.

Midway through the half Niamh Connolly was brought down inside the area by Maddy Harvey-Clifford and the referee awarded Cliftonville the penalty. Northern Ireland international Emma McMaster stepped but her tame shot was easily saved by Clifford.

The home side did eventually take the lead when Louise Doherty found Carla Devine with a peach of a cross and she made no mistake with her lob, a third goal in two starts for the young talent.

The Crues drew level on 37 minutes when Courtney Moore's long range effort couldn't be held by Tiarna McKenna and Nicole Connolly found herself in the right spot to tap in to make it 1-1.

The home side were fastest out of the blocks in the second half with wave after wave of attack however none of their efforts really bothered Harvey-Clifford.

Cliftonville then could have grabbed all three points in the final seconds of the game as Rachel McConnell saw her strike rattle the crossbar.

Cliftonville Ladies: McKenna, McCarthy, Moran, Canavan, McEvoy, McMaster, Simpson, Devine, Doherty, Weatherall, Connolly subs Grattan (not used), Da Silva (replaced Canavan 70), McConnell (replaced Doherty 78), McCleary (not used)

Crusaders Strikers: Harvey-Clifford, Archibald, Armour, Nelson, Hamilton, O'Donnell, Murphy, Connolly, McCann, Wilson, Moore subs Carson (replaced Wilson 23), Chalmers (replaced Archibald 64), Johnston (not used), Robinson (replaced Connolly 78)

Referee: Ryan Hanna