NIWFA: Title-chasing St James Swifts fightback to win goal fest

St James Swifts fightback
St James Swifts won 6-2 after trailing 2-0. (Photo SJSFC)

The Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship featured fightbacks from both St James Swifts and Ballymena United.

Championship – The top three sides all kept up the pace last week with each recording a comfortable victory to keep them in the hunt for promotion. Lisburn disposed of Belfast Celtic 11-2 with second-half substitute Sara Stevenson netting five times, Mid Ulster remain in second place after defeating Killen Rangers 4-0 with the help of a brace by Sharagh Murphy (x2), while St James Swifts came back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Comber Rec 6-2 including two for Molly White. Ballymena United also fought back from two goals down to beat East Belfast 8-3, Hannah Firth and Megan Henry scoring two apiece.

Division 1 – Portadown were another side to fightback and win, edged out Armagh City 3-2 with an Anna Acheson hat-trick.

Division 2 – Carnmoney Athletic stay one point clear at the top after overcoming Ballymena United Seconds, but  Lisburn Rangers defeated Belfast Swifts and still have a game in hand. Belfast Swifts beat St Oliver Plunkett and Larne Olympic took the points against Banbridge Town.

Division 3 – There was a massive win for Kilmore Rec who defeated promotion rivals Camlough 2-0, and in doing so moved within one point of their County Down rivals with a game in hand. Ballynahinch made the most of this result, moving three points clear with a 4-1 win over Belfast Ravens, whilst elsewhere Carnmoney Ladies and Banbridge Rangers claimed victories.

Division 4 – Rosario remain top following a fine 2-0 win at Ambassadors, although Ballymoney are only one point behind with two games in hand following their big win over the 22nd Ladies. Killen Rangers Reserves defeated Belfast Ravens II’s in the other game.

Division 5 – Belfast Celtic Reserves have unfortunately had to withdraw from the league, so there was only one game played which saw Newhill defeating Ballymoney Reserves.

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