Sports Direct Women’s Premiership top three level on points

Lisburn Ladies v Lisburn Rangers, Sports Direct Women's Premiership
Action from the Sport Direct Women’s Premiership’s first ever Lisburn derby. (Photo Paul Harvey)

Friday night wins for both Glentoran and Lisburn Rangers left the top three in the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership just goal-difference apart.

The pair join Cliftonville – on a rest week – on 12 points after four games apiece in what is already starting to develop into an intriguing battle at the top.

There were also comprehensive wins for Linfield and Larne over Crusaders Strikers and Mid Ulster respectively.

Glentoran moved back to the summit following a 7-1 defeat of Derry City at the Blanchflower Stadium, with Kerry Beattie helping herself to a hat-trick along the way.

Glentoran v Derry City, Sports Direct Women's Premiership
Glentoran hat-trick hero Kerry Beattie. (Photo: Chrissy McKee)

She opened the scoring for the defending champions from the edge of the area after just seven minutes, with Chloe McCarron doubling up a few moments later.

Beattie struck again with just under a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock, before Joely Andrews knocked home a fourth ten minutes after that.

Emily Wilson got in on the act in the latter stages of the first half with Beattie then popping up early in the second period to lay claim to the match ball.

Wilson then added to the scoreline on the hour with a stunning strike while the Candystripes bagged a stoppage time consolation through Chelsea Scott.

By contrast, Lisburn Rangers needed just one goal to get the better of Lisburn Ladies in the derby at the Bluebell Stadium.

Rangers maintained their perfect start to life in the top flight thanks to Faye Loughran’s finish right on the stroke of half-time.

Linfield v Crusaders Strikers, Sportsd Direct Women's Premiership
Cora Chambers scores for Linfield against Crusaders Strikers. (Photo Sam Johnston)

Linfield rediscovered their winning touch after hitting five goals without reply past Crusaders Strikers at Midgley Park.

Eve Reilly was the star of the show with a superb hat-trick after opening the scoring on 14 minutes, doubling up just after the half-hour mark and bagging her third in stoppage time.

A Julie Nelson own goal midway through the second half added to Linfield’s lead, with Zoe Knox also getting on the scoresheet late on.

And Larne picked up their first win of the campaign with a seven goal haul at home to Mid Ulster.

Hollie Johnston broke the deadlock on 24 minutes following a goalmouth scramble, with Melissa Storey and Kate Nicolson also registering before the break.

Nicolson knocked home her second of the night not long after the interval, with Erin Montgomery firing number five into the top corner from the edge of the box a little while later.

Johnston then hit her second on 78 minutes, with Ella Parker wrapping things up right at the end.

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