Ballymena United relegated from Sports Direct Women’s Premiership

Larne 1-0 Ballymena United
Larne attack the Ballymena United goal. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

The final day of the Sports Direct NIFL Women’s Premiership saw Glentoran receive the league trophy and Larne relegate Ballymena United.

Cliftonville 1-2 Crusaders Strikers
Glentoran 2-0 Linfield
Larne 1-0 Ballymena United
Lisburn Ladies 3-1 Derry City
Sion Swifts 5-2 Mid Ulster

Ballymena United went into their last match effectively needing to win to have a chance of escaping the drop at Mid-Ulster’s expense, and although the latter lost 5-2 at Sion Swifts, United went down after Larne’s Rachel Robinson grabbed a stoppage-time winner against them.

NIWFA Championship winners Lisburn Rangers will replace Ballymena in the Premiership.

Already champions, Glentoran finished six points clear at the top with a 2-0 defeat of Linfield as Demi Vance netted in either half.

Crusaders secured third place with a 2-1 win at runners-up Cliftonville, Amy McGivern and Jessica Rea with their goals, while Lisburn Ladies ended a run of defeats with a 3-1 victory over Derry City.

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