Three high-scoring NIWFA Local Women Sport Super Cup thrillers

Ballymena United Women v Sion Swifts LWS Super Cup
Sion Swifts got by Ballymena United after extra time. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Three high-scoring thrillers in the NIWFA Local Women Sport Super Cup 3rd Round on Monday evening were all decided after extra time.

Ballyclare Comrades 3-2 Craigavon City
Ballymoney United Ladies 5-3 (aet) Camlough Rovers
Civil Service 7-0 Foyle Belles
Comber Rec 5-4 (aet) Strabane Athletic
Valley Rangers 1-5 Belfast Celtic
Ballymena United Women 5-6 (aet) Sion Swifts
St James Swifts 1-5 Bangor
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Sion Swifts’ Catherine Barnaby and substitute Caoimhne Heron each hit hat-tricks to see off Ballymena United Women, who had fought back three times against the Championship leaders to force the extra half-hour. Megan Henry scored twice and Chelsea Millar got a stoppage-time leveller to make it 5-5, before Sion’s winner came from Heron early in the second half of extra time.

Ballymena United Women v Sion Swifts, NIWFA LWS Super Cup
Sion Swifts held off Ballymena United Women in the LWS Super Cup. (Bob Hall Sports Photography)

Comber Rec edged Strabane Athletic 5-4 after 120+ minutes, despite a hat-trick for the visitors’ Rachael McSparron. Substitute Dempsey McCormick struck the winning goal for the hosts.

Another close tie saw Division 1 side Ballymoney United Ladies eventually get the better 0f Championship opposition in Camlough Rovers, 5-3 after extra time.

Deborah McCarthy twice had goals cancelled out by Craigavon’s Niamh Murray, before Anneli Moore scored a 47th-minute decider for Ballyclare Comrades.

Amanda Norton opened the scoring after just two minutes for Bangor as they went on to win 5-1 in an all-Championship clash at St James Swifts, who netted a late consolation.

Civil Service reached the quarter finals with their latest victory over a much-higher ranked team, the new Development League side sinking Championship strugglers Foyle Belles 7-0, helped by three goals from Aimee Stewart.

Niamh Adams and Sara-Louise McLaughlin each bagged a brace as Belfast Celtic went through 5-1 at Valley Rangers.

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