Glentoran Women needed three second-half goals to see off Crusaders Strikers and maintain their narrow lead at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.
The Glens remain a point ahead of Cliftonville Ladies, who went goal crazy last night with
an emphatic 6-1 victory over Derry City Women at the Brandywell.
Sion Swifts jumped over Linfield Ladies into fourth place in the table after coming from a goal down to beat the Blues 2-1 – their second win over Phil Lewis’ team inside a month.
Crusaders, who were aiming for a victory over the Glens that would have put them right into the title mix, made the defending champions wait until a minute after half-time before they broke the deadlock, with the in-form Kerry Beattie finally finding the net.
Any hopes of the Crues mounting a comeback were severely dented 18 minutes from time when Joely Andrews doubled the lead and Northern
Ireland international Lauren Wade sealed the win in the
Rachel McConnell scored a hat-trick as Cliftonville hit Derry for six to record their ninth win in 10 league outings.
She opened the scoring after 18 minutes and after Erin Montgomery doubled the lead six minutes later McConnell scored twice inside two minutes early in the
second half to complete her treble.
McConnell struck again 11 minutes from time and Caitlin McGuinness completed the rout four minutes later before Tara O’Connor struck a late consolation for the Candystripes.
Former Northern Ireland international Catherine Hyndman marked her return to Sion Swifts in style when she stepped off the bench to score the winner against Linfield 12 minutes from time.
Rebecca Bassett opened the scoring for Linfield just after the half-hour mark
However, they were pegged back 10 minutes after half-time when Cora Chambers fired home a stunning strike and Hyndman then inflicted an eighth defeat in the last nine games on the beaten Blues.
RESULTS: Derry City Women 1 Cliftonville Ladies 6, Glentoran Women 3 Crusaders Strikers 0, Sion Swifts Ladies 2 Linfield Ladies 1.