Action from Solitude (Picture: ©LinfieldFC.com)
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Linfield Ladies returned to the top of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership with a 6-3 defeat of Cliftonville Ladies at Solitude.
Cliftonville moved in front after eight minutes through Hannah Grieve's header from a right-wing cross.
However, Linfield levelled a couple of minutes later courtesy of Kirsty McGuinness' finish into an empty net after winning a 50-50 ball.
Chloe McCarron edged the Blues ahead on 12 minutes with a chip into the roof of the net, before Abbie Magee added a third after half-an-hour after the home keeper could only parry a Louise McDaniel effort.
And Linfield managed to knock home a fourth before the break when Megan Bell picked up the ball in the middle of the park before finishing into the far corner.
That was how it stayed until a four-goal flurry in the final ten minutes,
Amber Dempster reduced Cliftonville's arrears on 82 when she showed great composure to steer home a Marissa Callaghan cross, but Linfield's three-goal cushioned was restored thanks to a second from McGuinness with a lob over the advancing keeper.
Hannah Doherty made it 6-2 right at the end with a crashing effort in off the crossbar but there was still time for Chloe Orr to grab Cliftonville's third with a close range finish.
Cliftonville Ladies: McKenna, Weatherall, Moran, Grattan, McCarthy, M. Callaghan, McMaster, Simpson, Orr, Dempster, Grieve subs Doherty (replaced Weatherall 46), McVeagh (not used), Da Silva (replaced Grieve 73), Service (not used), McEvoy (replaced McCarthy 46)
Linfield Ladies: Perry, McDade, McFrederick, Hutton, McDaniel, Robson, Venney, Bell, McCarron, McGuinness, Magee subs Doherty (replaced Bell 70), McCarthy (not used), Burrows (replaced Hutton 53), McKenna (replaced McDaniel 63)
Referee: Neil McArdle
|Chloe Orr||90 +1|
|Joana Da Silva||73|