NIWFA: Ballymacash Rangers leapfrog Larne to top of Division 1

NIWFA Division 1 leaders Ballymacash Rangers
Ballymacash Rangers went top of NIWFA Division 1. (Photo: @cashrangersLFC)

While St James Swifts edged Killen Rangers in a nine-goal NIWFA Championship thriller, Ballymacash Rangers became Division 1 leaders after a narrow win.


League leaders Lisburn swept aside the challenge of Ballymena United, comfortably winning 10-0 as Sara Stevenson led the way with a hat-trick. Second-placed St James Swifts kept themselves in the chase but were made to fight hard for their win, narrowly scraping home 5-4 at Killen Rangers. The visitors had looked to be in control with a 4-1 lead but Killen fought back to tie the game at 4-4, before Carla Devine got a late winner. Elsewhere, third-placed Mid-Ulster easily beat East Belfast 7-0.


Leaders Larne had no game this week and Ballymacash Rangers took full advantage to leapfrog them into top spot following a tight 3-2 win at Coleraine. Goals from Deborah McCarthy (x2) and Chloe Glover saw Rangers come from behind to take the points.
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The start of the brand new competition saw Ballymoney United, Carnmoney Athletic, Larne, Lisburn Rangers, St Oliver Plunkett, Foyle Belles, Belfast Swifts and Ballynahinch making it into round two, where the Championship sides now join the competition.


In Division 2, Carnmoney Athletic remain unbeaten following a comfortable win at the expense of Bangor, however Lisburn Rangers also won to keep up the pressure, easily disposing of Banbridge Town. Carnmoney remain 7 points clear at the top but Rangers have three games in hand. Elsewhere in the division, Belfast Swifts won at Ballymena Seconds, while SOP drew with Larne Olympic.

In Division 3, leaders Ballynahinch slipped up being held at home by Carnmoney, with Kilmore Rec making the most of their slip to move top with a win over Shamrock. Camlough Rovers also closed the gap at the top after a fine win over Moneyslane. Belfast Ravens ended their recent barren run with a good victory at Banbridge Rangers.

Division 4 saw wins for the 22nd Ladies, Greenisland, Ballymoney United, Antrim Rovers and Killen Rangers Reserves. Rosario continue to lead the way, however there’s now only one point between them and Ballymoney, who have three games in hand.

In Division 5 Craigavon City were denied the chance to move top of the table following a defeat at the hands of Newhill, while Lisburn Ladies Swifts remain in first place.

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