Northern Ireland Women’s FA League Cup finalists confirmed

Ballyclare Comrades Reserves celebrate the only goal at Greenisland.
Ballyclare Comrades Reserves celebrate the only goal at Greenisland. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

The Northern Ireland Women’s FA Leagues returned from a short summer break with divisional cup semi-final ties.

Ballyclare Comrades have made it through to this seasons Championship Cup final, although they were pushed all the way by Foyle Belles before eventually winning 4-3. Indeed it took a late strike in injury time by Molly Weir to ensure their passage into the final against Lisburn Rangers.

Division 1 Cup defending champions Camlough Rovers will get the chance to pick up a second consecutive league cup trophy after they made it through to the final defeating Larne Olympic 5-3 in a highly entertaining game. They will meet Ballynahinch Olympic, who comfortably disposed of Coleraine.

Ballyclare Comrades have a second final appearance to celebrate as their Reserves edged home against Greenisland to also make it into the Division 2 Cup Final. They will however face tough opposition if they are to win it with Ballymoney United Ladies laying in wait following a comfortable win over Rosario.

NIWFA Div 2 Leagee Cup semi-final between Greenisland and Ballyclare Comrades Reserves
NIWFA Div 2 League Cup semi-final, Greenisland v Ballyclare Comrades Reserves. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

A hat-trick by Sophie Graham set the basis for a comfortable win for Craigavon City over Banbridge Town which saw them make their way into Division 3’s final, where they will meet Strabane.

The top two sides in Division Four will meet for the cup, with Lisburn Distillery and Lisbellaw Ladies both making their way through by defeating Mid Ulster Reserves and Maiden City respectively.

Antrim Town are through to the Division Five final in their debut season after easing past Belfast Ravens II, thanks mainly to hat-tricks from Ashleigh Thompson and Nicole Jones. They will have to wait to find out their opposition, after Raceview v Ballymoney Reseerves had to be abandoned due to a head injury.

The Division six semi-finals were also impacted by a head injury, Ards Rangers v Ballynahinch Olympic also stopped following a collision and subsequent concussion. In the other semi-final, league leaders Bloomfield remain on course for a double after eliminating Belfast Swifts.

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