Electric Ireland NI Challenge Cup semi-finalists confirmed

Crusaders Strikers 0-2 Sion Swifts Q/F Electric Ireland NI Challenge Cup.
Sion Swifts celebrate a goal during their win at Crusaders Strikers. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Friday evening’s ties in the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup saw Cliftonville, Glentoran, Lisburn Rangers and Sion Swifts all make the semi-finals.

NIWFA Championship winners Lisburn Rangers overcame Premiership opposition in Derry City. Eve Reilly struck twice, Caoimhe Mulholland, Natalia Keenan and Gracie Conway also finding the net during a 5-1 result.

2022 runners-up Sion Swifts went through 2-0 at Crusaders Strikers, where Kerry Brown and Cora Chambers were on target.

Holders Glentoran Women – who are aiming to win the competition for a fifth consecutive time – continued their defence of the trophy with a 5-0 victory at Lisburn Ladies. Emily Wilson and Joely Andrew netted early goals, Kerry Beattie scored either side of the  break and Chloe McCarron volleyed in the fifth.

Cliftonville, who currently second in the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership, ran out 8-0 winners away at Ballymena United. Claire Shaw scored twice, there was a goal apiece for Caitlin McGuinness, Hannah Doherty, Danielle Maxwell, Vicky Carleton and Kirsty McGuinness, plus a penalty from Marissa Callaghan.

Crusaders Strikers 0-2 Sion Swifts Q/F Electric Ireland NI Challenge Cup.
Crusaders Strikers win a header against Sion Swifts. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

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