Portadown Ladies Cup Joy After Derry’s League Title

Portadown Integrated last night won the NIWFA Championship Cup Final, consolation for having so narrowly missed out on the League title to Derry City.

After their third-place finish in the league, Portadown met Killen Rangers at Moyola Park FC in the cup final and ran away 6-2 victors.

Although Rangers replied to Hannah Grieve’s brace, Julie Henderson restored Portadown’s two-goal cushion.

Marissa da Silva and Rachel McConnell then scored to send them out of sight, Killen getting one back before Aisling McKenna completed the scoring in stoppage-time.

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The league title had been settled in Derry City’s favour just five days previously.

With a game to go each, the top three sides were set to finish on the same points total in the table.

Lisburn ended with an 8-1 win at Lagan, Portadown were just behind them after recording a 7-1 victory at Armagh City but Derry’s 4-1 defeat of hosts Killen – aided by a Rachel Barnaby hat-trick – secured them the championship.

Derry will now compete in the Danske Bank Premiership next season, with the chance to play for a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Elsewhere in the NIWFA League, East Belfast and Comber Rec won Division 1 North and South respectively, Crewe United and PSNI were champions in the regional second divisions.

Pictured top – PILFC with the NIWFA Championship League Cup  (@Portadownfc)