Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Linfield Ladies keep the momentum going with a 3-1 victory over Belfast rivals Glentoran Belfast United.
The East Belfast side started the better and took the lead in the seventh minute when Rachel Rogan made it 1-0. A well weighted ball from Ali McMaster set up Rogan who fired hard across the face of the goal despite the best efforts of Lauren Perry in the Linfield goal.
Glentoran with the lead where pressing and dominated most of the first half. As the half neared its end the Blues equalised when the prolific Kirsty McGuiness curled the ball home from a Kelsie Burrows throw in.
After the break Linfield started to dominate in midfield and McGuiness and Chloe McCarron both went close, forcing good saves from the Glens keeper Ashleigh McKinnon. On 62 minutes Linfield took the lead in style when Chloe McCarron pounced on a loose defensive header and riffled into the top corner from 25 yards.
Back came Glentoran, Rogan and Kelly Bailie both forced saves from Perry who had to be alert to tip Bailie's effort over the crossbar.
Linfield weathered out the Glentoran pressure and pressed for a third. McGuiness and Louise McFedrick combined well for Linfield down the left along with Lauren Robson down the right wing.
The defending champions then made it 3-0 in injury time when good closing down from sub Deborah McCarthy forced McKinnon into a weak clearance. The clearance was latched upon by another sub Jess Doran who powerfully fired home from tight angle.
Linfield Ladies: Perry, Burrows, McDade, McFrederick, Myles, Venney, Robson, Bell, McCarron, McGuinness, Haddock subs McVarnock (not used), Doran (replaced Bell 67), Ennis (replaced McFrederick 85), McCarthy (replaced Burrows 89)
Glentoran Belfast United: McKinnon, Bailie, Mulholland, Kelly, Foy, Milligan, Caldwell, Martin, McMaster, McKenna, Rogan subs Rees (replaced McMaster 86), Eddis (not used), Swail (replaced Martin 89), Murray (not used)
Referee: Peter Murray
|Jessica Doran||67||90 +1|
|Sion Swifts Ladies||12||8||2||2||24||26|
|Newry City Ladies||12||8||1||3||31||25|
|Glentoran Belfast United||12||5||1||6||11||16|
|Ballymena United All Stars||12||0||0||12||-64||0|