NIWFA Championship League Cup semi-finalists confirmed

NIWFA 2024 Championship Leauge Cup Quarter Final Ballymena Utd FC Womens v Foyle Belles
NIWFA Championship League Cup, Ballymena United Women v Foyle Belles. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Ballymena United, Belfast Celtic, St James Swifts and Sion Swifts all made the NIWFA Championship League Cup semi-finals.

St James found theirs the easiest path of progress, defeating Comber Rec 6-0 with Chloe Doak and Brooke Bain both contributing braces.

Sion Swifts were given a fright when, after leading 3-0 at the break were pegged back by two goals from Ballyclare Comrades. But late goals, including a second from Cache Crumlish-Hawes saw them home 5-2.

Ballymena United were made to fight all the way by a battling Foyle Belles side, before goals from Natasha Bamford, Emma Tenant and Jennifer Montgomery saw them win 3-1.

Belfast Celtic were behind in the first minute to St Oliver Plunkett but a double from Niamh Adams helped them go through 4-1.

There were three quarter-final ties played this week in Division One with Ballyahinch, Greenisland and Ambassadors moving into the last four. The star of the show was Ambassadors Lucy Redmond, who kept up her red hot form this season with another hat-trick, this time against Kilmore Rec.

Ballyclare Comrades Reserves v Greenisland, NIWFA Division 4 Cup
Ballyclare Comrades Reserves v Greenisland. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

The first two semi-finalists in the Division 2 league cup are Craigavon City, who defeated 22nd Ladies, and Lisburn Ladies Swifts who eventually got through following a dramatic penalty shoot out win against a battling Coleraine side after the sides fought out a 1-1 draw.

Maiden City had to overturn a half time deficit to eventually overcome Mid Ulster Reserves 3-2 to make the Division 3 semi-finals where they will be joined by Belfast Ravens who romped home at Dromara Village thanks mainly to a hat-trick from Sarah Jane Jamieson.

Raceview and Antrim Town’s impressive seasons so far continued as both sides won easily to reach the Division 4 Cup semi-finals at the expense of Ballynahinch Olympic and Lisburn Rangers Athletic respectively. Draperstown Celtic will also feature in that semi-final draw after defeating Belfast Ravens II.

The closest game from the Division 5 quarter finals saw Ards Rangers eventually defeat Oxford Sunnyside thanks to a penalty shoot out win after the sides drew 3-3 at Knockramer Park. Rangers will be joined in the draw by Comber Rec Reserves, Valley Rangers and St.Marys.

Greenisland Ladies iis 4-0 Carrick Rangers Falcons
Greenisland Reserves v Carrick Rangers Falcons. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

The last four of the Division 6 League Cup will consist of Bloomfield, First Bangor, Wellington Rec and Greenisland II, with each of these sides eyes now well focused on winning their first ever NIWFA silverware.

And finally it’s well done to Dungiven Celtic and Ballynagross, who both won their respective development league matches against Hanover and Belfast Ravens III this week.

Weekly round up by Colin Hopkins

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