Sion Swifts take advantage as St James rescue point at Camlough Rovers

Ards Rangers v St Marys, NIWFA Division 5
Division 5 title-chasers Ards Rangers and St Marys drew 2-2. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

A rare slip up by St.James Swifts allowed Sion Swifts to move three points clear at the top of the NIWFA Championship table.

The Belfast side were only able to draw at Camlough Rovers and had three-goal captain Siobhan Bell to thanks for the point, Rovers having gone three up with efforts by Leanne Domican, Olivia Connolly and Ellen McCartney.

Sion Swifts had no such stress to deal with in securing a 3-1 win at Ballyclare Comrades, where Cache Crumlish-Hawes, Brooke Milliigan and Hannah Gibson were on target for the visitors.

Bangor kept themselves in the title race following a comprehensive 9-0 win over St.Oliver Plunkett, featuring four goals from Robyn McFadden and an Amber Dempster hat-trick.

Ballymena United Women’s hopes took another dent, as goals from Sara-Louise McLaughlin and Emma Louise McGonnell saw them lose 2-0 at a highly impressive Belfast Celtic.

Bottom side Foyle Belles forfeited their game at Comber Rec, to give the home side a valuable three points with the Derry-based team now some nine points adrift at the foot of the table.

Greenisland beat Ballynahinch as they continue to storm their way through Division 1, also reaching the Local Women Sport Super Cup quarter-finals when defeating St.Oliver Plunkett. Ambassadors remain in second spot in Division 1 after defeating Rosario 2-1 but the gap at the top remains seven points. Armagh City fought back from 3-1 down to defeat Ballyclare Comrades Reserves 4-3, for only their second win of the season.

In Division 2, Strabane Athletic made the most of a free week for leaders Craigavon City by beating Coleraine 4-0 and moving three points clear at the top. That said, Craigavon do have a game in hand so there’s still plenty to play for. Lisburn Ladies Swifts defeated the 22nd Ladies, whilst Banbridge Town and Ballymena United Reserves battled out a 1-1 draw.

With leaders Lisbellaw not having a game, it was the ideal chance for Belfast Ravens to close the gap at the top of the Division 3 table, however it was a chance they could not take as they lost 4-2 to visitors Carrick Rangers Falcons. Portadown defeated Ballymoney Reserves and Mid Ulster Reserves continued their fine winning run of late, beating Maiden City for their fifth win in a row.

Antrim Town and Raceview both recorded fine wins this week to ensure they both remain locked on level points at the top of Division 4, with the other games seeing wins for Belfast Swifts and Ballynahinch Olympic.

Second-placed St.Marys and third-placed Ards Rangers battled out a 2-2 draw  in Division 5, a result which allowed leaders Valley Rangers to move three points clear when defeating Comber Rec Reserves. Elsewhere, there were wins for Donegal Celtic and Oxford Sunnyside.

Greenisland II’s continued their 100% winning run, defeating 22nd Ladies II to open up an eight point gap at the top of the Division 6 table. There were also wins for Wellington Rec, Bloomfield and First Bangor.

The only game in the Development League saw Dungiven Celtic remain in second place, following victory over Belfast Ravens III

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