Ballymena United progress on penalties against NIWFA title rivals

NIWFA Championship League Cup Premliminary Round, Ballymena Utd v Bangor.
Ballymena United eventually beat Bangor on penalties in the NIWFA Championship Cup. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Bangor, St James Swifts and Ballymena United have all made it three straight wins in the new NIWFA Championship campaign.

Bangor beat Comber Rec 6-0, St James Swifts won 5-1 at Belfast Celtic, Ballymena United scored all three goals at St Oliver Plunkett following an earlier midweek victory in the Championship Cup over Bangor, against whom they levelled late on to take the tie to penalties from which they progressed 4-2, Elsewhere in the league, Ballyclare Comrades were 5-0 winners at Foyle Belles and Sion Swifts sank Camlough Rovers 4-1.

Lucy Redmond scored four times as Ambassadors won 5-1 at Rosario YC in Division 1, Ballymoney United stormed to a 23-0 victory at Kilmore Rec, Cleo-Neece Taggart with a triple hat-trick and Kylie Docherty getting six. Greenisland defeated Ballynahinch 4-1 as half-time substitute Nicole Wheeldon scored four times, Ballyclare Comrades Reserves saw off Armagh City 2-0.

Niamh Murray’s goal was enough to give Craigavon City three Division 2 points at Lisburn Distillery, whose Rebecca Maxwell was later shown a second yellow card. Strabane Athletic’s Chloe McGlade scored half their goals in an 8-1 result over Coleraine, 22nd Ladies defeated Lisburn Ladies Swifts 3-1, Ballymena United Reserves beat Banbridge Town 4-1.

Portadown and Ballymoney United drew 1-1 in Division 3, Maiden City edged Mid Ulster Reserves 4-3, Lisbellaw United ran out 14-1 winners at Dromara Village where Sasha Funston found the net five times.

Raceview came out on top 3-0 against Lisburn Rangers Athletic in Division 4, Moneyslane returned from Belfast Swifts 5-3 winners.

Shorts FC beat Donegal Celtic 2-1 in Division 5, Valley Rangers netted a 9-1 result at Comber Rec Reserves with a four-goal haul coming from Caitlin Rae, while things were looking bright for oxford Sunnyside following their 5-0 score line against Rathfriland.

In Division 6, 22nd Ladies Reserves beat Wellington Rec 4-0, Charley Young hit a hat-trick in Raceview’s 4-4 draw with 1st Bangorm before Greenisland Reserves put 13 past Holywood.

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