Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Linfield took a fourth minute lead when Kirsty McGuinness whipped in a right wing cross which found Lauren Robson at the back post and her header went into the net off the crossbar and the visiting keeper.
Sion Swifts equalised after 19 minutes when a clever through ball pierced the Linfield defence and put Amy Boyle Carr in the clear. She had time, composure and space to pick her spot, before placing the ball in the far corner, beyond Lauren Perry in the Linfield goal.
Linfield were back in front after 21 minutes, when a tantalising left wing cross from Louise McFrederick was swept into the net from close range by McGuinness.
McGuinness curled a terrific shot just wide of the angle of crossbar and post on the half hour mark but five minutes later, she did make it 3-1 when she picked up a left wing cross from Chloe McCarron, before drilling a fierce, left foot shot past the Sion 'keeper into the near corner of the net.
After the restart, Kelsey Burrows, a half-time sub for Sarah Haddock, got on the end of a defence splitting through ball from McGuinness but fired her shot just over the bar from a good position in the right hand side of the box.
On 59 minutes, it was 4-1 to Linfield when Sarah Venney's pass fell invitingly to Megan Bell who rifled her unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from just outside the box.
On 79 minutes, McGuinness scored her hat-trick goal and Linfield's 5th goal. A free kick was awarded for a hand ball just outside the box and McGuinness stepped up to fire a terrific curling free kick into the roof of the net.
Linfield came close to a further goal in the 82nd minute. A clever flick from Debbie McCarthy on the half way line sent Bell clear and bearing down on goal. After running the entire length of the half with the ball, Megan's shot on goal was well saved by the visiting keeper and the loose ball was cleared by the grateful retreating defence.
Linfield Ladies: Perry, Hutton, Haddock, McDade, McFrederick, Bell, Venney, Robson, McGuinness, McCarron, McVarnock subs McCarthy (replaced McVarnock 72), Corry (replaced Robson 65), Burrows (replaced Haddock 46)
Sion Swifts Ladies: Barr, Connor, Carlin, Brogan, Hyndman, Crompton, McMullan, McGlade, Devaney, Herrity, Carr subs McGlynn (replaced Devaney 46), Decker (replaced McGlade 46), Canning (not used), Moorehead (replaced McMullan 84)
Referee: Ruthanne Wright