Glentoran win County Antrim Women’s Cup on penalties

Glentoran with 2021 County Antrim Cup
Glentoran with the 2021 County Antrim Women’s Challenge Cup. (Photo Ephy McConnell)

Glentoran won the County Antrim Women’s Challenge Cup 4-3 on penalties after scoring a late leveller against Crusaders Strikers.

The  newly-crowned Danske Bank Women’s Premiership champions went ahead early on at Seaview through Kerry Beattie but Crusaders responded well and were close to winning the game in normal time.

Julie Nelson equalised in the second half and Meghan Ingram gave Strikers the advantage, only for Casey Howe to dramatically level the scores in stoppage-time.

2021 County Antrim Cup Final
Photo Ephy McConnell

When it came down to a shoot-out, Ashleigh McKinnon saved two spot-kicks for the Glens before Beattie converted the decisive penalty.

The same two teams meet again at Windsor Park on Friday 15 October in the Irish FA Women’s Cup final, with Glentoran going for more silverware and Crues aiming for swift revenge.

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