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Glentoran Women won't get carried away: Clarke

 

By Jonathan Martin

Glentoran Women manager Billy Clarke insists his side's fast start to the campaign is no guarantee of future success after their 7-0 win at Derry City.

Early pacesetters Glentoran backed up their win over Comber Rec on the opening day with a handsome victory at the Brandywell thanks to braces from Kelly Bailie and Rachel Rogan.

Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell and Demi Vance were also on the scoresheet for the Glens, who have scored 33 goals in their opening six games of the campaign in all competitions.

"I think it's important to stay grounded, even after a start like this," said Clarke.

"Other teams are saying we can win the league but we are just taking it one match at a time and seeing where that takes us.

"Our fixtures in May will tell the tale; we've got Sion away, Linfield at home, Crusaders at home and Cliftonville away.

"Those fixtures will take us up to the end of May and that will give us an indication as to where we are at and how good our defence is."

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan scored a hat-trick as Cliftonville Ladies began their league campaign with a 7-0 win at home to Comber Rec.

Callaghan struck in the first half before going on to complete her treble early in the second half in a thoroughly dominant display from the rampant Reds.

There was also a double for Amber Dempster, while Rachel McConnell and Toni-Leigh Finnegan added further strikes for Cliftonville in a perfect start to their league season.

Elsewhere, Ciara Grant's last-gasp strike handed Sion Swifts their first win of the season as they defeated Crusaders Strikers 1-0.

Grant's winning goal for Sion came four minutes from full-time after some good build-up play from Tyler Toland and Claragh Connor, which allowed her to grab the decisive score from close range.

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