NIWFA Week Eight Round-Up

St James Swifts fightback
St James Swifts won promotion ‘six-pointer’. (Photo SJSFC)

A crucial match in the Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship promotion chase saw St James Swifts take maximum points.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Goals from Molly White and Jodie Shannon were enough to give St James Swifts three massive points in the hunt for promotion as they defeated rivals Mid Ulster 2-0. This win saw them move three points clear in second place in the standings.

Ballymena were the big scorers last week as they dismantled Comber Rec 6-1, despite going behind to a first minute Shannon McCullough strike. United fought back well with hat-tricks from both Megan Henry and Chelsea Millar securing the points.

East Belfast and Belfast Celtic both drew blanks as the game between them ended 0-0 at Inverary Park

DIVISION 1

Larne won the big game of the week, defeating Foyle Belles 2-1, although it did take a late second goal of the night from Elle Houston to secure the points. Foyle had taken the lead through Michaela McGilloway, before Houston had equalised just before half time.

Ballymacash kept themselves well in the promotion race as well, defeating Armagh City, although it was only a single goal from Deborah Douglas that separated the sides.

BEST OF THE REST

Carnmoney Athletic opened up a four point gap at the top of the Division 2 after victory over St Oliver Plunkett, although with Lisburn Rangers having two games in hand, they will still remain the favourites to win that division. Belfast Swifts had a narrow win over Bangor, while Banbridge Town and Ballymena United 2nds battled out an entertaining draw.

In Division 3 a combination of dropped points from Ballynahinch, who draw at Camlough Rovers, and a win for Kilmore Rec, saw the latter move to the top. Elsewhere, Shamrock secured three points following victory over Belfast Ravens.

In Division 4 there were wins for Rosario, Ballymoney United and Antrim Rovers, the net result of those games being that Rosario remain top. However, Ballymoney with three games in hand and maximum points gained so far this season, will still believe they can overtake them at the summit.

There was just the one game in Division 5, which saw Lisburn Ladies Swifts win an entertaining game against Newhill.

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