Big wins for NIWFA Championship title contenders

Greenisland Ladies 6-0 Portadown
Greenisland hit Portadown for six. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

The Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship remains a two horse race at the top with both Ballyclare Comrades and Lisburn Rangers recording comfortable wins.

Cara Tumelty set the tone for Rangers netting five times against Belfast Celtic and she was ably assisted by Erin Montgomery (x3), Molly Loughran (x3) among others.

Meanwhile for the Comrades Gracie Conway was the star of the show netting four times, with two more goals coming from Aimee Kerr against St.James Swifts.

Bangor who cruised home 8-0 at Foyle Belles, Amber Dempster once again being the main protagonist netting four as they moved into third place in the standings.

Victory for St.Oliver Plunkett over Larne Olympic saw the Belfast side move to the top of the table with a two point gap ahead of Larne in second place. Camlough won well against Coleraine to stay in touch at the top, with Kilmore Rec having to come back from behind to defeat Ballynahinch 2-1.
With just the two games in Division two this week, Greenisland made the most of the situation defeating Portadown to move level at the top of the table with Ballymoney, albeit with a game more played. Ballyclare Comrades Reserves also capitalised beating Ballymena Reserves to move within two points of the summit.
Greenisland v Portadown
Greenisland went level at the top of Division 2. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)
Strabane retained their five point lead following victory over Dromara, although a win for Craigavon over Shamrock  ensured the gap didn’t increase. 22nd Ladies came out on top of a twelve goal thriller at Moneyslane, with Banbridge Town forced to rely on a solitary goal from Tiff Hegan to secure a win over Lisburn Ladies Swifts.
A convincing win for Lisburn Distillery over Comber Rec Reserves means they remain on top although Lisbellaw are well in contention with a great win over Maiden City. Wins for Banbridge Rangers and Mid Ulster completed the results this week, with Rangers’ win being their first of the season.
Antrim Town moved to the top following a great away win at rivals Ballymoney United Reserves, while Raceview picked up an important three points at Belfast Celtic Reserves.
A little bit of history was made with Ards Rangers picking up their first ever competitive points as they defeated Rathfriland, although that joy will have slightly tempered by the sending off of Suzanne Rea for two yellow cards. The two teams setting the pace at the top, Bloomfield and Ballynahinch Olympic, both brushed aside their opponents this week, while St Marys saw off Shorts Women.
Defending champions Lisburn Rangers are through to the quarter finals following victory over plucky newcomers Valley Rangers. Rosario went through after seeing off Kilmore Rec 5-1 and they will be joined there by St Oliver Plunkett, who pulled off a win over St. James Swifts.

It took a penalty shoot out for Comber Rec to make the last eight after they drew 1-1 with Craigavon City, however things were more straightforward for Bangor Ladies who won 4-2 at Lisburn Ladies Swifts.

Making up the quarter final draw will be Ballyclare Comrades and Lisbellaw United, both of whom received walkovers, with the game between Strabane Athletic and Lisburn Distillery still to be decided.

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