Seventh win for Cliftonville, seven goals for Glentoran

Glentoran beat Derry City 7-0
Glentoran celebrate one of seven goals against Derry City. (Photo: Johnny Caldwell)

Cliftonville made it seven straight wins in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership after a battling performance saw them 3-1 victors at Linfield on Wednesday evening.

Glentoran 7-0 Derry City
Linfield 1-3 Cliftonville
Mid Ulster 2-4 Lisburn
Sion Swifts 1-4 Crusaders Strikers

Former Blues striker Kirsty McGuinness netted twice for John McGrady’s side, but the hosts tested the in-form team. Carla Devine brought them level with a strike seven minutes after the break, McGuinness had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Erin Montgomery restored the visitors’ advantage on the hour mark, before McGuinness added her second and Cliftonville’s third eight minutes later to seal the win.

Lauren Wade bagged a hat-trick for Glentoran as they remained within five points of Cliftonville with a seven-goal victory over Derry City in East Belfast.

Cora Morgan opened the scoring for the hosts while Sarah Connolly also netted twice and close-season arrival Sasha Clare bagged her first goal for the club.

Glentoran 7-0 Derry City
Glentoran on the attack against Derry City. (Photo: Johnny Caldwell)

Crusaders Strikers secured an eye-catching 4-1 victory at Sion Swifts, with Mairead McCann grabbing two headed goals.

An own goal from Caoimhe Walsh had given the Strikers an early lead before McCann doubled the advantage, but Kelly Crompton pulled a goal back for Sion before half-time.

However, the Crues were not to be denied with McCann heading home another before Northern Ireland international striker Emily Wilson added a fourth.

A hat-trick from Sara Stevenson gave Lisburn their first ever victory in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership, as they came from behind to defeat Mid Ulster 4-2.

Niamh O’Donnell had given Mid Ulster a 13th-minute lead but Stacey Murdough levelled for the visitors on the half hour mark.

Stevenson scored six minutes later from the penalty spot and grabbed another before the break, but Roisin Bolger halved the two-goal deficit midway through the second half.

Lisburn wrapped up their historic victory late on, as Stevenson completed her hat-trick to secure three points.

The league campaign now takes a break until August.

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