Gemma McGuinness (08)
Caoimhe Walsh (58)

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Action from the Brandywell (Credit:JPJ Photography)

DERRY OFF THE MARK AND INTO THE SEMI-FINALS

Derry City Ladies collected their first victory of the season against an equally impressive Sion Swifts Ladies in the League Cup at the Brandywell.

Derry started the brighter, managing to hold and distribute the ball in a more determined manner.

Aine McKeever rattled the Sion crossbar after seven minutes and, moments later, Derry went ahead.

Confusion in the Sion defence from a Derry corner allowed Gemma McGuinness the opportunity to prod the ball into the Sion net.

This spurred Sion into action with Kendra McMullan going close searching for an equaliser. On 34 minutes, Derry keeper Molly McBride pushed a goal bound effort onto the bar, a save at a crucial time.

Sion started the second half strongly but conceded the next goal when a stunning volley on 58 minutes from Caoimhe Walsh made it 2-0.

This gave Derry the confidence to absorb the Sion pressure as the second half unfolded. Zoe McGlynn and Amy Boyle Carr provided energy and drive for the visitors, matched by a vocal travelling support. Rosie Cunningham remained a threat for Derry on the left.

Sion's last effort of real note was on 85mins as Claragh Conor went close from distance. The match ended on a competitive note with Sion keeper Niamh Mailey involved in a collision with Derry's Nicole Gordon.  Following lengthy treatment, she had to leave the field of play to take no further part in proceedings.

Highlights

Derry City Ladies: McBride, Doherty, Logue, Dunne, McMullan, Cunningham, Walsh, McLaughlin, McGuinness, N. Connolly, McKeever subs Curran (replaced Cunningham 90), Gordon (replaced McLaughlin 46), Cregan (replaced N. Connolly 70), Barr (not used), L. Connolly (not used)

Sion Swifts Ladies: Mailey, Brogan, Moorehead, Connor, Burns, Hyndman, McMullan, McDaid, McGlynn, Carr, McGlade subs Ward (replaced Brogan 79), Canning (not used), Leckey (not used), Clarke (replaced Mailey 90)

Referee: Darren Hylands