Linfield remain goal-difference behind Danske Bank Women’s Premiership leaders Glentoran despite an eight-goal victory at fourth-placed Cliftonville on Wednesday night.
The Blues began the night level on points with the East Belfast outfit but with an inferior goal difference of ten – but as the Glens defeated Crusaders 2-0, that gap has now closed to just four.
Caitlin McGuinness got the ball rolling for Linfield in the second minute at Solitude before her sister and captain Kirsty doubled the lead soon after, with Rebecca Bassett and Abbie Magee adding further goals before the break.
Phil Lewis’s side did not ease up in the second half with captain McGuinness and Casey Howe netting within the space of a minute, before the former completed her hat-trick and Howe added her second and Linfield’s eighth.
Glentoran remain top of the standings thanks to their two-goal victory at Seaview – Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie were on target for the League Cup winners.
Sion Swifts remain within two points of the leading two clubs as they ran out big 10-0 winners at home to basement side Comber Rec.
Moya Feehan, Chloe McGlade, Kerry Brown and Roma McLaughlin all netted twice while Ebony Leckey and Michelle McDaid were also on target for Sion, who had defeated Derry City 7-0 on Monday.