Louise McDaniel (23)
Casey Howe (42)
Kelsey Burrows (77)

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BLUES HIT THREE TO GO TOP OF THE TABLE

Linfield moved to the top of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership with a convincing 3-0 victory over Glentoran Women.

Played at the Ulidia Playing Fields due to annual maintenance work at The Oval, quickfire goals from Louise McDaniel and Casey Howe gave the Blues a two-goal advantage before the break.

Kelsie Burrows wrapped up the victory for current league champions with ten minutes remaining, ending the unbeaten league record of Diarmuid O'Carroll's Glens.

The home side had started brightly. Kelly Baillie hit the post in the 10th minute but fell behind 10 minutes later when a Kirsty McGuinness corner fell to McDaniel to break the deadlock.

Nine minutes later the Blues doubled their lead when Howe's shot from the edge of the area found the corner of the net.

The points were secured with 12 minutes remaining thanks to Burrows finishing off a chance at the back post to earn the derby rights.

Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Foy, Peachey, Caldwell, Mulholland, Vance, Rogan, McMaster, Andrews, Bailie subs McKinnon (not used), Carleton (replaced Andrews 63), Beattie (replaced McMaster 63), Gamble (not used), Marshall (replaced Bailie 84)

Linfield: Perry, Bell, K. McGuinness, Burrows, McKenna, Magee, McDaniel, Howe, Donnan, C. McGuinness, McCarron subs Fitzsimmons (not used), McCabe (not used), Bassett (replaced McDaniel 86)

Referee: Glenn Buchanan