Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Crusaders started off the better team putting the Glentoran defence under pressure from the whistle.
The Crues were dominating play with their experienced players taking charge in the centre of the field.
The first real opportunity fell to the Glens with a Mullholland free kick just curling over the crossbar.
Glentoran's McKinnon was kept busy as Crusaders kept pressing to break the deadlock with link up play coming from Curneen, Wilson and Armour.
As the home team settled into the game, it was just before half time when Samantha Kelly delivered a corner into the box where it was met by the boot of Nadene Caldwell firing the ball into the back of the Crusaders net.
After the break once again Crusaders were the first team out of the blocks putting Glentoran straight under pressure.
Crusaders' efforts were rewarded as Emily Wilson gave the away team an equalising goal.
The second half continued as the first half ended, with both teams very competitive challenging for every ball.
Captain Jessica Foy lead the charge linking with Kelly until the ball found Rogan who lobbed the Crusaders keeper on the rebound allowing the home team to take the lead again.
As expected from a Belfast derby, big tackles were flying in from both teams which resulted in Mullholland being cautioned.
As the game approached the closing minutes Glentoran's Rebecca McKenna was taken down in the penalty box with Bailie stepping up to the mark to make it 3-1.
Glentoran Belfast United: McKinnon, Gillespie, Baxter, Foy, Rees, Kelly, Caldwell, McKenna, Rogan, Mulholland, Bailie subs Redmond (replaced Caldwell 85), Martin (replaced Baxter 75), McKearney (not used)
Crusaders Strikers: Skelton, Armour, McCann, McNeill, Wright, H. Mearns, Nelson, O'Donnell, Carson, Curneen, Wilson subs Robinson (not used), Grattan (replaced Nelson 71), L. Mearns (replaced Armour 55)
Referee: Glenn McKinstry
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