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Goal glut: Emily Wilson netted four times in Crusaders’ victory

Goal glut: Emily Wilson netted four times in Crusaders’ victory

Goal glut: Emily Wilson netted four times in Crusaders’ victory

The four remaining Premiership clubs have been kept apart in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup, setting up two potentially mouth-watering semi-final clashes later in the summer.

In contrast, the collection of teams from the NIWFA leagues will be eyeing up the prospect of creating shocks that will see them make it into the last four.

A massive 46 goals were scored across the six quarter-final games — two of the matches didn’t take place due to withdrawals — with the tightest match being an exciting too-and-fro clash between Cliftonville Ladies and Linfield Ladies.

A vastly understrength Blues team led from early on through Lucy Johnston, but the Reds hit the front before half-time thanks to Fi Morgan and Abbie McHenry.

Vicky Carleton’s penalty levelled matters and, just as it looked like the game was destined for extra time, Caitlin McGuinness scored against her former club to keep Cliftonville on course for a league and cup double.

The other all-Premiership clash between Glentoran Women and Derry City Women was called off after the Candystripes were forced to pull out less than four hours before the scheduled kick off. Crewe United Ladies also withdrew, handing St James’ Swifts a quarter-final place against Crusaders Strikers on Friday-week.

Sion Swifts Ladies were the biggest scorers as they sent near neighbours Killen Rangers Ladies spinning out of the competition on the back of an 11-0 defeat, with Cora Chambers hitting a hat-trick and they will now meet Mid Ulster Ladies in another all-Tyrone battle after they won 5-1 against Belfast Celtic Ladies.

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Susie Kerr also netted a treble as she helped Carnmoney Ladies to a 9-1 win over Camlough Rovers Ladies.

Northern Ireland international Emily Wilson was the highest individual scorer with four goals in Crusaders Strikers’ 8-2 success against East Belfast Ladies.

There was something of an upset in the Lisburn derby as Championship leaders Lisburn Ladies crashed out to Lisburn Rangers Ladies, who came from a goal down to seal a 3-1 win with a late goal from Sophie Megaw to set up an intriguing battle with Cliftonville in the last eight.

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