Back-to-back wins for Cliftonville Ladies and Lisburn Rangers

Derry City’s Caoirse Doherty holds off the challenge of Cliftonville’s Hannah Doherty. (Photo: Damien Toolan)

Cliftonville and Lisburn Rangers both made it two wins from two to lead the way in the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership.

Elsewhere, Linfield were in seventh heaven as they kicked off their campaign in style, while Crusaders Strikers bounced back from last week’s opening defeat to get their first points on board.

Cliftonville are top on goal difference after hitting five for the second consecutive game with victory over Derry City at Solitude.

Katie Markey opened the scoring on 36 minutes from point blank range, with Danielle Maxwell following up moments later with a strong strike from the edge of the area into the roof of the net.

Maxwell turned provider just after the hour to tee Marissa Callaghan up to knock home a third low into the corner, before Kelsie Burrows added to the home advantage after Vicky Carleton’s initial effort had been pushed into her path.

Carla Devine completed the scoring late on with a tap-in past the City keeper after running onto Callaghan’s precision pass.

Larne v Lisburn Rangers, Sports Direct Women's Premiership
Lisburn Rangers’ Ellie Dickson is congratulated by team-mates after scoring against Larne. (Photo: Rachel Searson)

Newcomers Lisburn Rangers continued their amazing start to life in the top flight with a four-goal defeat of Larne at Inver Park.

Faye Loughran broke the deadlock after a quarter-of-an-hour, with Ellie-Mae Dickson following up 15 minutes after that.

Gracie Conway extended the visitors’ advantage eight minutes after the break before, on 69 minutes, Molly Loughran wrapped the scoring up.

Linfield produced a storming second half performance to sweep past Lisburn Ladies at the Bluebell Stadium. Cora Chambers had edged the Blues in front a few minutes from the interval, but the real damage was done after the break.

Eve Reilly doubled Linfield’s lead on 48 minutes, with Chambers then hitting two goals in seven minutes to bag her hat-trick.

That was how it stayed until the closing moments when Bernadette Ferreira knocked home two goals in as many minutes with Reilly then doubling her own tally in stoppage time.

Crusaders Strikers v Mid Ulster. Sports Direct NIFL Women's Premiership
Mid Ulster tackle Crusaders Strikers. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Meanwhile, at Seaview, Crusaders Strikers recorded their first win of the campaign at the expense of Mid Ulster.

Julie Nelson fired the Strikers in front on 14 minutes from a corner, but Laura Kelly responded for the visitors with a free-kick late in the first half.

However Alison McMaster restored the Crues’ advantage on 64 minutes with Amy McGivern hitting a third with nine minutes remaining.

Substitute Jessica McGuinness added a fourth from the spot in stoppage time, and moments later found the net again for her second of the evening!

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