Glentoran clinch Sports Direct Women’s Premiership title

Glentoran beat Crusaders Strikers 3-0 to become champions of the Sports Direct Women's Premiership.
Crusaders challenge Glentoran at Seaview. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Glentoran beat Crusaders Strikers 3-0 away on Sunday to become champions of the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership.

The East Belfast side reclaimed the crown they last held in 2021 thanks to goals from Demi Vance and Emily Wilson to put them out of reach of their only challengers Cliftonville, who swept to a comfortable victory over Sion Swifts set up by a brace from Caitlin McGuinness.

Glentoran started on the front foot and created many chances but keeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford rose to the challenge and Crusaders’ defence was solid.

Against the run of play Amy McGivern nearly claimed the first goal when her header hit the post.

The Glens created chance after chance in the second half, and only took four minutes to find a way through, Vance picking her spot to beat the keeper.

Crusaders Strikers 0-3 Glentoran
Glentoran take to the air in front of a 300-strong crowd. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Wilson doubled Glentoran’s lead via the crossbar, despite the best efforts of Harvey-Clifford to claw the ball out.

Vance then completed the scoring right at the end with her second of the afternoon, a curling peach of a finish into the corner of the net to secure a third title in four seasons for the Glens.

Midweek Fixtures

Monday 9 October – Mid Ulster v Linfield (Mid Ulster Sports Complex, 7.45pm)

Wednesday 11 October – Cliftonville v Lisburn Ladies (Solitude, 7.45pm)

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