#DanskeWomensPrem : Crusaders Strikers back on top

Crusaders celebrate taking back top spot. (Photo: nifootballleague.com)

Crusaders Strikers replaced non-playing Linfield at the top of the NIFL Danske Women’s Premiership after defeating Derry City 5-2 on Wednesday 13th June.

Five-Star Strikers 

Crusaders Strikers were two up in 10 minutes at home to Derry City – whose manager Dan Nolan resigned on Sunday – Emily Wilson turning home a ball by Courtney Moore, before the latter fired across the keeper for the second.

Amy McGivern slotted home on 17 minutes for her first goal of the season and right on the stroke of half time, Celine Curtis finished well into the top right hand corner for 4-0.

Derry grabbed a goal back 2 minutes into the second half with a great 20-yard strike by Rachel Barnaby but Crues swiftly hit back when a Curtis cross to the back post saw Moore double her tally, before Niamh Connolly got a late goal for City.

Cliftonville leapfrog Swifts

Cliftonville broke the dreadlock 6 minutes after the restart when a Marissa Callaghan corner was headed goal-bound by Billie Simpson which was blocked only as far as Hannah Grieve, who duly opened the scoring.

Sion Swifts equalised just after the hour courtesy of a great strike from Chloe McGlade but, on 69 minutes Cliftonville’s Leah McAvoy put the Reds back in front again, as they went third in the table.

Glentoran go fourth 

Demi Vance opened the scoring for Glentoran at Shamrock Park after 20 minutes but they were leading Portadown 5-0 by the break after a rush of goals.

Caragh Milligan dooubled the advantage on 38 minutes, Sarah Connolly made it 3-0, after which there was an own-goal by Niamh Ruddy and stoppage-time penalty by Vance.

Milligan also got her second after the interval, with Rachel Rogan, Sarah Connolly and Yasmin White also getting on the scoresheet.