NIWFA Championship League Cup semi-finalists confirmed

Greenisland 5-0 Belfast Ravens
Greenisland 5-0 Belfast Ravens. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Ballyclare Comrades, Foyle Belles and St.James Swifts all reached the semi-finals of the NIWFA Championship League Cup.

St.James Swifts breezed past Comber Rec 11-0, Megan Copeland leading the way with a hat-trick. A first half hat-trick from Ella Parker laid a strong foundation for Ballyclare Comrades to beat Bangor 5-0, while Foyle Belles secured their first win of the season defeating Belfast Celtic 3-2. All the goals came in the first half with strikes from Foyle’s Kate Patton, Jenny Carr and Michaela McGilloway, Una Harkin and Caitlin Magill replying for the visitors.

Larne Olympic pulled off an impressive win at Adams Park defeating Kilmore Rec in the Division 1 League Cup quarter-finals, Camlough Rovers had a super result at league leaders St Oliver Plunkett and Coleraine picked up their first victory of the season by defeating Armagh City.

It’s an impressive looking last four in the Division 2 Cup, with Ballymoney, Greenisland, Rosario and Ballyclare Comrades Reserves all securing victories over Ballymena United Reserves, Belfast Ravens, Ambassadors and Portadown respectively.

Greenisland 5-0 Belfast Ravens
Greenisland defeated Belfast Ravens in the League Cup. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Shamrock had a great win over the 22nd Ladies to earn their place in the last four of the Division 3 Cup, where they are joined by Banbridge Town, Craigavon City and Strabane Athletic, who had a narrow 1-0 win over Lisburn Ladies Swifts.

The top three sides in Division 4 all made their way through, as Lisburn Distillery, Maiden City and Lisbellaw United all had comfortable wins, while Mid Ulster narrowly edged out Banbridge Rangers 3-2 after going three up.

It took extra time before Antrim Town were able to edge Raceview, Samantha Greer scoring with only 6 minutes remaining in the Division 5 Cup quarters. Elsewhere, there were wins for Ballymoney Reserves and Belfast Ravens Seconds.

Through to the Division 6 Cup semis are Ballynahinch Olympic, Bloomfield, Belfast Swifts and Ards Rangers, the latter having to come from behind at Rathfriland.

There was just the one league game this week, which saw Division 4 leaders Lisburn Distillery comfortably retain their position, with an away win at Draperstown Celtic.

Hoping to secure their place in the official league next season, there were Development League victories for Wellington Rec, Holywood and Valley Rangers. Other sides taking part in the league are Oxford Sunnyside and Belfast Ravens III.

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