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Casey Howe loving life at Glentoran as striker hopes hat-trick will nail down starting spot

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Treble star: Casey Howe hit a hat-trick against Linfield on Wednesday. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

Treble star: Casey Howe hit a hat-trick against Linfield on Wednesday. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

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Treble star: Casey Howe hit a hat-trick against Linfield on Wednesday. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

Casey Howe is hoping that she has scored her way to a regular starting slot after firing her first hat-trick for Glentoran Women.

The teenage striker was the tormentor-in-chief as the Glens dished out a 9-0 hammering to Howe’s old club Linfield Ladies on Wednesday night to maintain their slim one-point lead at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.

Being part of a team that is chasing silverware on three fronts at present, with the Glens awaiting today’s Women’s Irish Cup semi-final draw and a County Antrim Cup quarter-final against Larne Ladies to come, it is little surprise that Howe is playing with a smile on her face.

“I am really loving my football at the minute,” said Howe, whose treble came in the first 18 minutes of the second-half after netting almost straight from the re-start.

“You are always playing better when you are enjoying it and I have been loving it ever since I made the move to the Glens and my confidence is growing and growing constantly.

“Hopefully now that I have got my goalscoring boots back on, it will cement me in the team.”

The Glens have scored a massive 25 goals in their last four matches since a 2-1 defeat to Sion Swifts Ladies.

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The secret to their goal glut? As usual it’s simply hard work.

“We’ve really gelled as a team now and everything is coming together,” added Howe.

“We have been working on different things in training and it’s paying off now in matches. Everyone has bought in really well and we’re getting the benefits on game day.”

A Toni-Leigh Finnegan penalty 18 minutes from time sealed Cliftonville Ladies’ 3-1 win over Crusaders Strikers. Kirsty McGuinness had opened the scoring and Marissa Callaghan made it 2-1 following Amy McGivern’s equaliser.

Caoirse Doherty scored her first goals for Sion Swifts Ladies in their 4-0 win over Derry CIty Women after Kerry Brown and Hayley O’Donnell had made it 2-0 at half time.


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