Penalty save sees Crusaders Strikers hold Glentoran 0-0

Crusaders Strikers frustrate Glentoran.
Crusaders Strikers frustrate Glentoran. (Photo: Ephy McConnell)

Glentoran slipped further behind Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title race after being held to a scoreless draw at Crusaders Strikers.

Cliftonville 4-1 Lisburn
Crusaders Strikers 0-0 Glentoran
Derry City 0-2 Mid Ulster
Sion Swifts 1-2 Linfield

The defending champions are now 10 points behind the Reds – albeit having played one game less – as they were held in a competitive but scoreless encounter at Seaview.

The best opportunity of the game came the way of the visitors ten minutes after the break from the penalty spot, but striker Kerry Beattie saw her effort stopped by Crues goalkeeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford.

Crusaders Strikers drew 0-0 with Glentoran
Crusaders Strikers v Glentoran. (Photo: Johnny Caldwell)

Cliftonville maintained their march towards the league title as they made it 12 wins from 12 league games, but the 4-1 victory over Lisburn does not reflect how much the Reds were made to work on the night.

The game was scoreless at the break with the visitors – whilst weathering a storm – carrying a goal threat of their own, but the home side’s quality shone through after the break.

Grace McKimm netted twice in the space of ten minutes – the second of which came direct from a corner – but Vivienne McCormack halved the lead with a superb lobbed finish for Lisburn.

However, the Reds were to make the points safe as a Toni-Leigh Finnegan free-kick and Erin Montgomery goal wrapped up the win.

Mid Ulster moved off the foot of the standings with their first league victory of the campaign, as they ran out two-goal victors at Derry City.

A goal in either half from Eimear McGarrity secured the landmark win for the visitors, who leapfrog their opponents into seventh spot.

Linfield secured a huge three points at Sion Swifts to move three points above their opponents – albeit having played a game more – in the race for a top half finish.

Second half goals from Rachel McConnell and substitute Carla Devine were enough for the Blues, despite Kerry Brown netting a consolation strike for Sion in stoppage time.

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