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McGinley joy as Swifts hit perfect 10

Clinical edge: Northern Ireland international Lauren Brennan bagged five goals in Sion Swifts’ 10-0 win over Comber Rec
Clinical edge: Northern Ireland international Lauren Brennan bagged five goals in Sion Swifts’ 10-0 win over Comber Rec

By Jonathan Martin

Sion Swifts went goal crazy in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership this week.

The Swifts now sit only two points off the pace in third position after their 10-0 hammering of Comber Rec at Londonderry Park.

There were also wins for Linfield and Glentoran in round five of the Premiership but that emphatic triumph for the Swifts was the highest margin of victory of the season so far.

Swifts manager Tony McGinley said he was a bit surprised by the comfortable success.

"It was the first ever meeting between the clubs, so we weren't sure what they would be like," he said.

"We were quite a few bodies down and we were wary of the game after a two-hour journey.

"We settled and scored our first goal very early and never looked back from there.

"We are delighted with the three points and for Lauren Brennan, who scored five goals. Hopefully it's a result which will kick-start our season and will give Lauren a boost after returning from an ACL injury."

The match also proved to be a welcome lift for Kelly Crompton.

"Kelly scored two goals and is returning from an ACL injury also, so it was nice to see them return and get on the scoresheet," added McGinley.

"The league table is starting to take a bit of shape. It seems to me that we haven't been mentioned as title contenders by anyone at all. We are happy enough to take things game by game and get the first phase of fixtures played.

"Our last fixture in the phase is against Derry City next week and it's a very tough game as it's a derby. Our record at the Brandywell isn't good.

"We are carrying quite a few injuries and we are being tested with the depth of our squad.

"Our goalkeeper Nicole McClure is currently away at the World Cup with Jamaica, which is something I never thought I'd say. At Sion we are about developing players to achieve things. Obviously having a player that is away at the World Cup is fantastic.

"I'm looking forward to sitting down and watching Jamaica's games. I think it has given the whole club and the league a lift."

Elsewhere, champions Linfield cruised to a 5-0 win at home to Cliftonville. The Blues have now won all four of their league matches and are yet to concede a league goal.

The goals at Midgley Park all came in the first half with Kirsty McGuinness scoring two. Her sister Caitlin McGuinness, Casey Howe and Louise McDaniel also found the net.

In the other fixture of the evening, Glentoran recorded a 5-0 win against Crusaders Strikers to hit back after last week's defeat to Linfield.

Two goals from Demi Vance, two from Rachel Rogan and an effort from Yasmin White sealed the win.

The Glens sit in second position, two points behind Linfield.

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