Linfield edged out Sion Swifts on penalties after a goalless Electric Ireland Irish FA Cup semi-final, while Glentoran won through 5-1 over Cliftonville in the other tie.
Holders defeated in shoot-out
For Premiership leaders Linfield, it was the latest match in a grueling schedule, which had included their Champions League mini-tournament.
However, the Blues battled through to penalties and then profited with a 4-3 spot-kick score, tweeting: ‘Outstanding display of resilience and determination, 5th match in 12 days, to succeed tonight in a pulsating Irish Cup semi-final.’
The Swifts, who won the cup last season, were clearly gutted by losing out on another final, commenting on Twitter: ‘Absolutely devastated to lose tonight’s semi final on penalties but immensely proud of how our girls battled with every ounce of energy that they had. Today wasn’t our day and we will accept defeat and return to fight even more.’
McMaster brace sets up Glentoran victory
Ali McMaster headed Glentoran in front after only 5 minutes and then doubled the advantage for her side at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Cliftonville replied through Niamh Connolly, only for Glentoran to get a third before the break through Caragh Milligan.
Rachel Rogan further extended the lead on 54 minutes and later doubled her tally to confirm Glentoran’s place in the final on 22nd September.