Six-point week sends Bangor Ladies top of NIWFA Championship

Ballymena Utd Women v Ballyclare Comrades NIWFA Championship
Ballymena United Women pressure Ballyclare Comrades. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Bangor FC Ladies made it two wins in three days to go top of the Northern Ireland Women’s FA Championship.

They ended the unbeaten run of a depleted Ballymena United with a 6-1 result on Sunday, then edged Camlough Rovers 2-1 on Wednesday with Amber Dempster’s double including a late strike.

Ballymena bounced back from the weekend defeat to ensure they remain level on points with Bangor, narrowly edging Ballyclare Comrades 3-2 with a super strike from Ellen McClure.

Ballymena United Women v Ballyclare Comrades, NIWFA Championship
Ballymena United Women challenged by Ballyclare Comrades. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Basement side Foyle Belles lost heavily at home to St.James Swifts, who also moved level on points at the top. Chloe Tully netted five and Rosie Thompson hit a hat-trick in the big win.

Sion Swifts also kept themselves well in the hunt with a comfortable 4-1 win at Comber Rec, whose Debbie Ferguson chalked up her 150th appearance for the club.

St Oliver Plunkett ran out 4-2 winners over local rivals Belfast Celtic, thanks to goals from Niamh McGonigle, Ellie Kearns, Chelsea Edwards and Niamh Crossley.

The big game in Division One saw Greenisland beat Ballymoney United to leapfrog their hosts and move top of the table. Ambassadors moved into third place after they romped home against Kilmore Rec, while Rosario won a hard fought game against Armagh City.

Strabane Athletic moved clear at the top of Division Two with their win at home to the 22nd Ladies, coupled with a defeat for their nearest rivals Craigavon City at the hands of Lisburn Ladies Swifts. Coleraine picked up their first win of the season against Banbridge Rangers, Ballymena United Reserves defeated Lisburn Distillery 2-1.

Lisbellaw United’s five point lead at the top of Division Three remains this week following a comfortable win over Belfast Ravens, although Maiden City continue to hang in there following a walkover. Portadown overturned an early goal deficit to defeat Carrick Rangers Falcons 3-1, Mid Ulster Reserves winning easily at their counterparts from Ballymoney.

Antrim Town continue to lead Division Four from Raceview, after both sides won this week. Elsewhere, there were wins for Draperstown Diamonds and Moneyslane.

Division Five pacesetters Valley Rangers, Oxford Sunnyside and Ards Rangers continued to power ahead with comfortable wins for all three sides. St Marys also won well at home, with the teams in the top half of the table now holding a massive gap between themselves and those at the bottom end.

Greenisland v Carrickfergus Falcons, NIWFA Division 6
Carrickfergus Falcons pressured by Greenisland. (Bob hall Sports Photography)

Greenisland II retained their 100% record following victory over Carrick Rangers Falcons Reserves, while there were away wins for Holywood and Wellington Rec who picked up their first points of the season. On Friday night, 1st Bangor beat Bloomfield 4-2.

Round up by Colin Hopkins

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