#DanskeWomensPrem: Glentoran clinch title

Glentoran celebrations
Photo: Ephy McConnell

Glentoran are the champions of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership for the first time in six years after winning 2-0 at Crusaders Strikers on Wednesday.

The Glens only needed a point to clinch the title but any early nerves were settled in the ninth minute when Sam Kelly broke the deadlock with a left-footed finish.

Kerry Beattie won the ball inside the box and found space for Kelly whose finish was enough to secure the points on the night and win the title.

Danielle Maxwell completed the scoring in stoppage time with a great finish from the angle to put the icing on the cake for Billy Clarke’s side.

Glentoran win title
Photo: Ephy McConnell

It was an emphatic campaign from the East Belfast side, who have won eight of their nine league matches – dropping points only at Sion Swifts in a 4-3 defeat, while they still have to host the Strabane side at The Oval in an outstanding fixture.

Linfield v Derry City
Linfield v Derry City. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Linfield’s hopes of a fifth successive title are officially over despite running our 4-0 winners at home to Derry City, who finish the campaign without a goal or a point.

Casey Howe, Abbie Magee, Alison Smyth and Rebecca Bassett were all on the scoresheet for the Blues, who finish their campaign in second spot having won 13 points from their final five games.

Sion Swifts will finish the campaign in third as they leapfrogged Crusaders following a final day 3-1 win at home to Cliftonville, who finish in fifth spot.

Teegan Lynch opened the scoring in the sixth minute from a Kirsty McGuinness assist, but Clare Carson soon cancelled it out with an equaliser.

However, McGuinness turned from provider with a goal in either half to complete a 3-1 victory for Tony McGinley’s side, who ended a three-game winless streak.

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