Glentoran Women complete Irish treble

Glentoran with EIWC Cup
Bob Hall Sports Photography

The Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup Final at Windsor Park saw Glentoran beat Crusaders Strikers 2-0 to complete the treble.

The Glens, who had recently clinched the NIFL Danske Bank Women’s Premiership and the County Antrim FA Women’s Challenge Cup, hit the bar through a long-range Chloe McCarron strike but it was judged that the ball did not cross the line.

They did take the lead on 22 minutes, Jessica Foy crossing for Kerry Beattie to lay the ball back to Joely Andrews, who shot past Crues keeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford into the bottom corner.

Amy McGivern soon had a chance to equalise but scuffed her effort past the post, while Danielle McDowell-Tuffey’s free-kick was saved by Emma Higgins.

Glentoran beat Crusaders Strikers in the EIWC Cup Final
Photo: Ephy McConnell

After the break, Caragh Hamilton let fly from distance and Harvey-Clifford dived full length to push her powerful strike round the post, the same player later fizzing an effort wide.

Glentoran grabbed their second goal with minutes remaining, Nadene Caldwell jinking her way past a couple of defenders and crossing for Lauren Wade to flick the ball home from six yards.

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