Cliftonville closed the gap on Glentoran to just one point at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership following their 3-1 win at Sion Swifts on Wednesday evening.
The Reds still have one game in hand over the reigning champions and they bounced back from their defeat in East Belfast last week with a comprehensive win over Sion.
Louise McDaniel gave John McGrady’s side the lead ahead of half-time, before quickfire goals from Kirsty McGuinness and Megan Weatherall extended the advantage at the start of the second half.
Substitute Cora Chambers pulled a late goal back for Sion, who had beaten Linfield 6-0 only three days earlier.
Crusaders Strikers strengthened their grip on third spot with a comfortable 3-1 win at Linfield, with all the visitors’ goals arriving in the first half.
Northern Ireland international striker Emily Wilson struck twice within the opening 12 minutes for Spike Hill’s side, after which Danielle McDowell added a third three minutes from the break.
Rebecca McKenna – another international star – pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time but it was not enough for the Blues, who remain in fourth spot and 12 points off the top.
Danske Bank Women’s Premiership fixtures for Wednesday 7 July
Linfield v Cliftonville (Midgley Park, 7.45pm)
Sion Swifts v Glentoran (Melvin Sports Complex, 7.45pm)
Crusaders Strikers v Derry City (Seaview, 8pm)