Linfield retain NIFL Women’s League Cup

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Linfield held onto the NIFL Women’s League Cup with a 4-1 defeat of Cliftonville in front of the BBC Sport NI cameras at Seaview on Friday 29 June.

League leaders Linfield opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 19 minutes, Kirsty McGuinness converting after a handball decision.

Cliftonville were level on 34 minutes when Chloe Orr’s cross sailed past everyone, including goalkeeper Lauren Perry.

However, two goals in a six-minute spell straddling the interval set up victory for the holders.

Louise McDaniel broke free and evaded the tackles of Megan Moran and goalkeeper Caoimhe Callaghan to slot home from a tight angle, after which a McGuinness cross from the touch-line was headed home by Lauren Robson.

The Blues rounded off the scoring on 74 minutes, as the unfortunate Megan Weatherall diverted the ball past her own goalkeeper.