Ballymena United go top of NIWFA Championship

Greenisland went joint top of NIWFA Division 3
Greenisland went joint top of NIWFA Division 3. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Ballymena United moved to the top of the Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship, following a hard fought 1-0 victory over Foyle Belles.

While the 22nd-minute goal from Michelle McDonald put Ballymena into pole position, Larne moved into second place after they returned to winning ways with a 6-0 victory over Coleraine, aided by two goals apiece from Hollie Johnston and Amanda Morton. St James Swifts also returned to winning ways with another comfortable score line this time 7-0 versus Comber Rec, Chloe Doak and Claire Shaw contributing doubles.


Lisburn Rangers stormed to the top following a rout of Armagh City, with a five-goal salvo from Eve Reilly causing most of the damage on the night. Bangor caused something of an upset as they won 3-1 at Belfast Celtic and Ballyclare Comrades secured a comfortable win at Portadown, where Aimee Kerr hit a hat-trick.


Camlough Rovers sent the table into something of a spin, as they beat former leaders Kilmore Rec 7-4 to dislodge them from top spot. St Oliver Plunkett continued their unbeaten start to the season as they and Larne Olympic battled out a 2-2 draw. A rare goalless game occured when Ballynahinch and Ballyclare Comrades Reserves met at Millbridge, while Ballymena United Reserves easily defeated Banbridge Town.

Greenisland beat Bandbridge Rangers 7-1 to go joint top of Division 3.
Greenisland beat Banbridge Rangers 7-1 to go joint top of Division 3. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)


With Ballymoney United’s game against Antrim Rovers being postponed, Greenisland made the most of it by defeating Banbridge Women to move joint top of the standings. Belfast Ravens had a narrow win over Shamrock thanks to a Caiti McLoskey hat-trick, while Ambassadors got the only goal of the game against Rosario.


Craigavon City made it four wins from four games following a good result against the 22nd Ladies, with Lisburn Ladies Swifts and Ballymoney United Reserves also securing wins over Dromora Village and Moneyslane respectively.


Like many other games this week, the weather played a big part in the midweek top of the table clash between Lisburn Distillery and the Futuro Falcons, with the Whites dealing with the conditions better to secure a 2-1 win and go three points clear. Crewe United Reserves also had a fine win over First Bangor and the three points gained moved them into third place.


Lisbellaw United won the clash of the leading pair at Maiden City, Antrim Rovers picked up their first points of the season after beating Raceview 2-0 and finally, Mid Ulster Reserves defeated Draperstown.


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