Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Champions of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership Linfield ladies lost their first match of the season in a narrow defeat at the hands of Glentoran.
In a scrappy game with few chances created it was the Glens who created the first opening as Rachel Rogan was slipped in but her shot was well saved by Blues stalwart Nicole Adams.
Rogan then did think that she put her side into the lead as she thundered a shot off the underside of the bar following a pull back from Gail Macklin.
Adams had to be alert on thirty five minutes as she got down low to pluck Jessica Foys low cross of the toe of the advancing Amy Burden.
Linfields first chance fell to Abbie Magee who has been nothing short of superb this season as she took advantage of an error from Glentoran keeper Ashleigh McKinnion but the keeper redeemed herself to palm the shot away.
Lauren Robson created another good opening shortly after but shot just wide of the target, on the stroke of the break Glentoran had a great chance to take the lead as Adams spilled a corner the ball falling to Macklin her shot was cleared off the line by Sarah Venney.
Minutes into the second half McKinnion was called Into action as she saved a powerful Venney drive from six yards out.
Louise McDaniel was a massive positive in the game and her the battle with Jessica Foy a very interesting one. McDaniel nearly had the Blues ahead when she slid wide a cross from the right.
The introduction of Kirsty Mc Guinness couldn't even spare Linfield to attack more as she was offered very little service but she set up Claire Timoney in a promising position but she rushed her shot smashing it high and wide.
Sarah Venney was trying to make things happen in short spells as she hit a stunner of a long range drive, however the ball was always rising.
Glentoran however did take the lead as Kelly Bailie hit a sweet freekick from range the ball sailing over the head of Adams and into the net.
Yasmin White another positive acquisition for local women's football this season came very close to a second as she fired wide after a fine free flowing move.
The last action of the match saw Robson denied a equaliser by another good save from McKinnion as she flung to her right to graciously pluck the ball out of the sky.
So it wasn't to be the invincible season for Linfield but they will very much have their eyes on the quadruple if completed they would be the very first Ladies team in history to do it.
Glentoran Belfast United: McKinnon, Baxter, Bailie, Foy, Swail, White, Macklin, Martin, Rogan, Burden, Milligan subs Caskey (not used), McKearney (not used), Peachey (not used), Andrews (replaced Macklin 70)
Linfield Ladies: Adams, Haddock, Myles, McDade, McFrederick, Corry, Robson, Venney, Timoney, McDaniel, Magee subs McGuinness (replaced Magee 46), Ennis (replaced McDaniel 75)
Referee: Andrew Woodside
|Newry City Ladies||10||8||1||1||35||25|
|Sion Swifts Ladies||10||6||2||2||13||20|
|Glentoran Belfast United||11||5||1||5||12||16|
|Ballymena United All Stars||11||0||0||11||-54||0|