Larne win NIWFA Championship decider

Larne beat Ballymena United in the NIWFA Championship decider
Larne beat Ballymena United in the NIWFA Championship decider. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

There was a dramatic end to this season’s NIWFA Championship, as Ballymena United hosted Larne in a ‘winner takes all’ league decider.

With both sides already guaranteed promotion to the NIFL Premiership next season, the winners of this one would be declared league champions and with a big crowd roaring both sides on, it really delivered on its promise of being the game of the season.

After United had taken an early lead through Beth Hunter, Larne struck back well scoring three times through Aimee Beggs, a wonderful strike from Holly Robinson and a superb headed goal from Amanda Morton.

Although a second strike from Hunter had given Ballymena hope, a second goal from Morton ensured there was no way back as Larne went on the claim the title.

Larne beat Ballymena United in the NIWFA Championship decider.
Larne pressure Ballymena United. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Elsewhere, Ballymacash had a narrow 2-1 win at Comber Rec thanks to goals from Deborah McCarthy and Maeve Nethercott, after Shannon McCullough had given the hosts the lead.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION ONE

Lisburn Rangers had another clean sheet against Belfast Celtic, meaning they ended their league campaign without conceding a single goal, scoring no less 137 goals along the way. A four-goal haul from Aimee Kerr helped Ballyclare ease past Armagh City, with Crewe United defeating Portadown.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION TWO

Camlough Rovers received their winners trophy during the week and celebrated in style with another fine win, this time against Ballynahinch. Kilmore drew 1-1 with St Oliver Plunkett, Ballyclare Reserves had a narrow win over Banbridge Town and the spoils were shared as Ballymena Seconds and Larne Olympic drew 2-2.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION THREE

A draw for Antrim Rovers against rivals Ambassadors was enough to ensure they secured runners-up spot. Previously crowned league winners, Ballymoney United celebrated with a big win over Shamrock, while Greenisland and Rosario also scored big to round off the season.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION FOUR

In the big game, Strabane Athletic defeated Lisburn Ladies Swifts 2-1 to ensure that they finished as league runners up. They still ended off some nine points behind league winners Craigavon City, finished with a 100% record following victory over Dromara Village. There was victory for Ballymoney United Reserves who defeated the 22nd Ladies.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION FIVE A

Two wins this week for Lisbellaw United ensured they were the winners of the division, three points also for Lisburn Distillery and Crewe United Reserves.

ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION FIVE B

The division was won by Draperstown Celtic following a fine result away to Comber Rec Reserves, whilst Raceview and Antrim Rovers Reserves also ended the season with wins.

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