Action from Seaview
Wednesday, 04 July 2018
Cliftonville Ladies claimed three points in the second north Belfast derby of the season by defeating Crusaders Strikers 3-1 at Seaview.
It was the Reds that started brightly when they made the breakthrough after 15 minutes, with Chloe Orr finding an unmarked run by Marissa Callaghan at the back post.
Crusaders came closest to equalising through Courtney Moore. Moore’s shot just outside the box had Reds’ keeper Caoimhe Callaghan beat but it went narrowly over the crossbar.
Crusaders conceded early in the second half again, Callaghan again latching on to a loose ball to score her second and put daylight between the sides.
Crusaders made a few tactical changes changing formation and personnel. With 27 minutes remaining Lisa Armour pulled one back, latching on to a through ball to finish well. Cliftonville still looked very dangerous on the break as Crusaders pushed for the equaliser.
There was a strong claim for a penalty with ten minutes to play, Caoimhe Callaghan making contact with Moore in the box, the ball broke to Emily Wilson on the edge of the area but her effort crashed off the crossbar.
Crusaders conceded their third in the dying minutes, Shannon Grattan shooting from distance to kill the game off for the visiting team and take the bragging rights in the North Belfast derby.
Crusaders Strikers: Adams, Wright, Armour, Hamilton, Nelson, McGivern, Murray, Mearns, Wilson, Carson, Beggs subs McDowell (replaced Mearns 57), Murphy (not used), O'Donnell (not used), Moore (replaced Carson 24), McCann (replaced Wright 50)
Cliftonville Ladies: C. Callaghan, Moran, Simpson, Weatherall, McCarthy, Orr, McMaster, Doherty, M. Callaghan, Dempster, Grieve subs Service (not used), Grattan (replaced Doherty 88), McEvoy (replaced Grieve 81), McKenna (not used)
Referee: David Kelly