#ElectricIreland Cup : Cliftonville and Glentoran set for all-Belfast semi

Pictured at the draw are Louise McFrederick (Linfield), Elaine Junk (Cup Committee Chairman), Megan Weatherall (Cliftonville), Anne Smyth of sponsors Electric Ireland and Caragh Milligan (Glentoran). (Photo: irishfa.com)

Cliftonville will take on Glentoran in an all-Belfast Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup Semi Final on Saturday 18th August.

In the other semi-final it’s the current holders, Sion Swifts, who are due to take on Linfield. However, Swifts are currently suspended by the Irish FA from all affiliated football.

Each of the four teams will be hoping they can secure a spot in the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup Final which will bring the season to a close on Saturday 22 September in the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Cliftonville close in on league leaders

Cliftonville moved above Crusaders Strikers in the NIFL Danske Bank Women’s Premiership with a 5-1 defeat of Derry City on Wednesday 18 July.

The hosts were ahead after only 9 minutes when a cross from Shannon Grattan was met by Amber Dempster at the near post.

Grattan herself scrambled the ball home to make it 2-0 and then provided the delivery for Emma McMaster to score before the break.

A Billie Simpson solo effort and second goal for Dempster made it 5-0 before Derry got a consolation.

The result cut Linfield’s lead at the top to three points from a game more, they go to Crusaders for a crucial clash on Sunday afternoon.