Glentoran cut gap at the top of Danske Bank Women’s Premiership

Glentoran's two-goal Kerry Beattie
Kerry Beattie netted a double for Glentoran. (Photo: NIFL)

Glentoran took advantage of Cliftonville not playing on Monday night to close the gap at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership to two points.

A double from striker Kerry Beattie – who has returned to the Glens following a stint at Glasgow City – helped Billy Clarke’s side to a four-goal victory at Lisburn.

The Northern Ireland international grabbed a goal in either half while captain Jess Foy was on target after the break, before Casey Howe added a late fourth at the Bluebell Stadium as the defending champions moved to within two points of Cliftonville, who now have a game in hand.

Linfield’s Abi Sweetlove.

There was also a four-goal victory on the night for Linfield, who leapfrogged Crusaders Strikers into third spot thanks to a comfortable win at Mid Ulster.

Rebecca Bassett gave the Blues a fifth-minute lead before Rachel McConnell doubled the advantage ten minutes before the break.

The visitors added a third before the hour mark after Abi Sweetlove’s initial effort was blocked before, Emily Reid added a fourth with three minutes remaining to complete the Linfield win.

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