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Late Demi Vance double hands Glentoran the League Cup title with win over Sion Swifts

Demi Vance celebrates her first goal in the League Cup final
Demi Vance celebrates her first goal in the League Cup final
Sion Swifts goalkeeper Nicole McClure and Glentoran's semi-final scorer Makyla Mulholland are going all out for League Cup glory tonight.
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

A late, quickfire double from Northern Ireland international Demi Vance saw Glentoran win the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Sion Swifts at Seaview.

The midfielder struck twice within a minute as the game entered its final stages to break Swifts hearts and hand the Glens their first silverware of the season.

It had been a thrilling final, and it looked destined to go to extra-time after Sion had weathered an early storm, but up stepped Vance to become the hero for the Belfast side.

From the off it was clear to see that Glentoran were in the ascendancy and they had a chance on the quarter-hour mark to take the lead from the penalty spot.

Star striker Rachel Rogan was hauled down inside the box by Swifts defender Tasmin McCarter, however Jamaica international Nicole McClure guessed the right direction and dived low to her right to stop Vance's spot-kick.

Undeterred, the Glens kept pushing on and Rogan had two fantastic chances to open the scoring, nearly turning in a low cross from Vance before controlling a Kelly Bailie pass over the top but firing wide.

Such was the Belfast side's control on proceedings, it took until deep in first half injury time for Sion to have their first effort of the game, Tyler Toland smashing a long range drive well over the net.

The break seemed to do the Swifts a world of good, however, and it took a great stop from Emma Higgins to deny a vicious strike from Zoe McGlynn giving Sion the lead on the hour mark.

At the other end, Makyla Mulholland's thunderous long range free-kick looked destined for the net until another great save from McClure denied her the opener.

But just as the game looked to be heading for extra-time, up stepped Vance to be the hero.

Her first goal started with her own ball into the box, with Rogan heading against the post from the penalty spot, but Vance was first to the rebound to tuck it away under McClure for the first.

Then, less than a minute later, the ball was back in the net, a long ball over the top finding the midfielder powering through unopposed and she applied the finish to make sure of the result.

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