NIWFA: Championship’s top two sides pick up important wins

Ballymena Utd v Linfield Res
Ballymena United v Linfield Reserves in the Electric Ireland Challenge Cup. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

It’s as you were in the Northern Ireland Women’s Championship with the league’s top two sides  both picking up important wins this week.

Larne couldn’t stop scoring against a struggling Coleraine, Hollie Johnston top gun with five strikes and Leola McErlane four.

Ballymena were also amongst the goals winning 4-1 against Foyle Belles and in doing so seriously damaging the Derry based sides hopes of promotion. United’s goals came from Beth Hunter, Olivia Brown, Hannah Firth and Kyle Doherty with Foyle’s sole reply from Ellie Redden. These results leave Ballymena and Larne level at the top of the table on 28 points some six points clear of third placed Foyle.

St James won easily at Comber Rec with Claire Shaw netting four times as they won 7-1, Killen Rangers and Ballymacash drew 1-1 with Amy Vennard equalising for the home side after Tracey Orr had given the visitors an early lead.


There’s no stopping Lisburn Rangers after another comfortable, this time it was Armagh City who were their victims. With nearest rivals Ballyclare Comrades not in action, this win takes Rangers six points clear at the top. In the division’s only other game, Bangor and Belfast Celtic battled out a 1-1 draw<


The top of the table clash between Camlough and Kilmore Rec turned out to be a crazy goalfest with Camlough winning 9-6! This result means the two sides are now level on 27 points each. SOP edged home over Larne Olympic, Ballynahinch overcame Ballyclare Comrades Reserves and Banbridge Town had a good win over Ballymena United Seconds.


Rosario were held by Ambassadors, meaning that the comfortable win by leaders Ballymoney United over Antrim Rovers saw the Co Antrim-based side open a seven point gap at the top. Greenisland had a strong win at Banbridge Rangers and the final game between Shamrock and Belfast Ravens ended in a high scoring draw.


The nine-point gap at the top of this table remained as leaders Craigavon City swept aside the 22nd Ladies. There were also comfortable wins for Lisburn Swifts and Moneyslane, who defeated Dromara Village and Ballymoney United Reserves respectively.

Ballymena Utd v Linfield Res.
Ballymena Utd v Linfield Res. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)


Something had to give as the two unbeaten sides Lisbellaw United and Lisburn Distillery met. As it turned out it was the Fermanagh-based side that came out smiling from this one, winning the game 2-1 thanks to a late strike from Hannah Woods. Futuro Falcons defeated Mid Ulster Reserves and Maiden City saw off the challenge of Crewe United Reserves.


Its Comber Rec Reserves and Draperstown Diamonds who lead the standings following wins over First Bangor and Belfast Ravens Reserves respectively, while Antrim Rovers Reserves and Raceview drew 0-0.

Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup Round 2

Ballymena United 0-10 Linfield
Larne 2-1 Craigavon City
Lisburn 0-6 Sion Swifts
Lisburn Rangers 3-4 Glentoran
Mid Ulster 0-3 Crusaders Strikers
Strabane Athletic 0-8 Ballyclare Comrades
Antrim Rovers 0-6 St. James’ Swifts

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