Glentoran and Sion Swifts into Electric Ireland NI Challenge Cup Final

Glentoran beat Linfield in Cup semi
Glentoran in possession against Linfield. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Glentoran and Sion Swifts have both won through to the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup final on 5 November at Windsor Park.

Holders Glentoran defeated Linfield 4-0 at Inver Park, while in the other semi-final Sion Swifts fought back against Crusaders before progressing on penalties.

Joely Andrews opened the scoring for the Glens when she connected with Casey Howe’s cross, Kelly Bailie doubled the lead in the second half with a free-kick into the top corner.

Caragh Hamilton followed up with a third on the hour after a sensational run through the Linfield defence, Jess Foy rattled the crossbar before crossing for Nadene Caldwell to head home.

Glentoran beat Linfield in Cup semi
Glentoran goal celebration. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Crusaders scored early in either half through Jessica Rea and a brave Caitlyn Hamilton header, Sion hitting back twice in the last quarter-of-an-hour or so.

Cora Chambers squeezed the ball home from an acute angle and then brought the Swifts level with her second, with only the bar preventing Kelly Crompton’s looping header winning it in normal time.

Sion’s Ellie Long and Kerryanne Brown cleared off the goalline in extra-time, with Jennifer Currie saving twice in the penalty shoot-out before Amy McGivern’s spot-kick hit the crossbar to send Swifts through.

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