Danske Bank Women’s Premiership: Cliftonville and Glentoran win again

Glentoran sank Linfield 7-1
Glentoran put seven past Linfield. (Photo: Johnny Caldwell)

Cliftonville and Glentoran continued their winning starts to the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership campaign with victories over Crusaders Strikers and Linfield respectively on Wednesday.

Cliftonville 4-1 Crusaders Strikers
Derry City 0-0 Lisburn
Glentoran 7-1 Linfield
Sion Swifts 3-0 Mid Ulster

Cliftonville had suffered an early setback in their North Belfast derby clash as Amy McGivern gave the Strikers a second minute lead.

However, it took just two minutes for Northern Ireland international striker Caitlin McGuinness to respond and on the stroke of half-time, John McGrady’s side took the lead for the first time through a Marissa Callaghan penalty after Abbie Magee was felled in the area.

McGuinness added her second and the Reds third just after the break with Toni Leigh Finnegan’s free-kick making it 4-1 deep into stoppage time.

Across Belfast, there was a huge victory for champions Glentoran with two goals apiece from Casey Howe and Lauren Wade propelling them to a 7-1 victory over Linfield.

Glentoran put seven past Linfield.
Photo: Johnny Caldwell

Three goals in four first half minutes from Howe, Makyla Mulholland and Wade put the Glens in total control before captain Jessica Foy added a fourth from the penalty spot nine minutes later.

Wade scored her second and the Glens fifth in the 51st minute before Nadene Caldwell added a sixth three minutes later, before Rachel McConnell netted a consolation for the Blues with 20 minutes remaining after a goalmouth scramble with Howe adding a seventh for the hosts in injury time.

First half goals from Cora Chambers and Aimee Durn propelled Sion Swifts to their second successive victory with a home win over Mid Ulster.

Having won 5-1 at the division’s other newly-promoted side Lisburn the previous week, Tony McGinley’s side secured their first home points of the campaign with a three-goal victory, as Naomi McLaughlin’s penalty seven minutes from time put the result beyond doubt.

Lisburn secured their first point of the campaign as they were held to a scoreless draw at Derry City, who are also off the mark for points this season.

In an evenly-contested match, the best chance of the encounter came four minutes from time as Lisburn’s Jessica Hall saw her penalty saved by Candystripes goalkeeper Clare Friel.

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