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McGinley piles praise on his resilient Swifts

 

On target: Swifts’ Tyler Toland
On target: Swifts’ Tyler Toland

By Jonathan Martin

League leaders Glentoran dropped their first points of the season in a thrilling 2-2 draw away to Sion Swifts.

It has been a fruitful week for Sion, who knocked holders Linfield out of the League Cup on Monday night before the comeback draw against the Glens.

Sion Swifts manager Tony McGinley said: "It was a real test and a tough game against Glentoran. It was a big ask playing so soon after Monday's Cup game.

"I think it's something the league need to look at, having a round of league fixtures only two days after the Cup quarter-finals.

"Regarding the Cup win against Linfield, plenty of people thought it was a shock but that's not how we see it. I know the talents and quality this squad has.

"Glentoran was a funny game; both teams could feel as if they should have won. In the second half, Glentoran scored two quick-fire goals through Demi Vance, which knocked the stuffing out of us. We equalised when Tyler Toland scored a rebound from her penalty. We then scored in injury-time through Lauren Brennan.

"It was a relief to get the goal we deserved. It tells me a lot about the side this season; we showed fight and character to get that result against a very good Glentoran team who hadn't conceded a goal this season."

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Both Cliftonville and Linfield narrowed the gap on Glentoran.

Defending champions Linfield got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory away to Crusaders Strikers thanks to goals from Kelsey Burrows and Megan Bell.

Cliftonville defeated Derry City 3-0 at home with all the goals coming in the second half. Leah McEvoy scored a brace and Marissa Callaghan also netted.

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