Larne level to hold NIWFA League leaders Ballymena United

Larne v Ballymena United
Ballymena United tackle Larne. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship leaders Ballymena United were held 1-1 by third-placed hosts Larne.

United’s goal coming through a Rachel Fulton penalty and Larne’s equaliser courtesy of a superb strike from Amanda Morton.

Foyle Belles were the main benefactors of that draw, going second after a walkover against Killen Rangers.

Coleraine’s season of misery continued with another heavy defeat this time to St.James Swifts, who won 17-0 with a five-goal haul from Claire Shaw doing most of the damage. The other scorers on the night were , four for Molly White and an Amber Dempster hat-trick.

Ballymacash Rangers edged Comber Rec 4-3 in a thriller, 4-3 thanks to goals from Chloe Glover, Tracey Orr, Maeve Nethercott and Melissa Robinson.


There were comfortable wins for the top two sides – who meet next week – Lisburn Rangers defeating Belfast Celtic 6-0 and Ballyclare Comrades sinking Armagh City 7-2. Elsewhere, Crewe United took the spoils winning away from home at Portadown.


The game of the week in Division Two saw high-flying Camlough Rovers feature in a twelve-goal thriller against Ballynahinch, the latter eventually securing the points 7-5 win. That result will have been music to the ears of leaders Kilmore Rec who, thanks to victory at SOP, now lead the table by six points. Ballyclare Comrades Reserves had a disappointing week this time around, losing 0-3 to Larne Olympic on Monday night then again 1-2 to Banbridge Town.


There was a 100% success rate for teams on the road this week, with Greenisland, Rosario, Antrim Rovers and Ballymoney all winning their away games at Belfast Ravens, Banbridge Rangers, Ambassadors & Shamrock respectively. These results means it’s Greenisland who remain top of the table, however there’s still only one point between them and second-placed Ballymoney, who have two games in hand.


Strabane Athletic defeated Lisburn Ladies Swifts 4-0 to leapfrog them into second place. Although it’s still Craigavon who lead the way after brushing aside the challenge of Dromara Village.


Leaders Lisburn Distillery continued their 100% winning run by defeating Crewe United, thereby ensuring they will finish top of the table. Futuro Falcons remain in second place thanks to a win over First Bangor but the big news this week was the 3-2 win for Belfast Ravens Seconds over Comber Rec Reserves, this win being the Ravens first ever competitive win in two years of trying.


There were comfortable wins for Lisbellaw, Maiden City and Mid Ulster Reserves, the results ensuring those three sides have now guaranteed a top half finish.

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