Cliftonville and Glentoran both recorded statement victories as they underlined their Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title ambitions.
Derry City Women 0-1 Crusaders Strikers
Glentoran 4-1 Sion Swifts
Linfield 1-4 Cliftonville
The Reds won 4-1 at Linfield on Wednesday 2 June to make it six wins from their opening six rounds of matches, highlighting the shift in the balance of power between the two sides this season.
Former Blues stars Caitlin McGuinness, Kirsty McGuinness and Louise McDaniel were all on target for the North Belfast side in the rout, while Yasmin White added a fourth late on as striker Ali Smyth’s penalty on the hour mark was not enough for the hosts.
The result leaves Linfield – who won four titles in a row between 2016 and 2019 – a whopping 11 points off the pace after just six rounds of matches.
Cliftonville’s closest challengers are defending champions Glentoran, who moved up to 13 points from their opening six games thanks to a 4-1 triumph over Sion Swifts.
The Glens’ in-form striker Kerry Beattie netted a remarkable four goals for the hosts – including two from the penalty spot – as they recorded their second successive victory.
Beattie had struck twice in the first half to put the hosts in control and despite Leontia McVarnock pulling one back for Sion on the stroke of half-time, two second half penalties sealed the points for the hosts.
Elsewhere, there was late heartache for Derry City who conceded in the fifth minute of stoppage time against Crusaders, the Strikers coming away from Brandywell with a one-goal victory.
Striker Emily Wilson scored the goal to secure a vital three points for the Crues – although it was a performance and result that once again demonstrated the huge improvement in Derry this campaign.