Action from The Brandywell
Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Crusaders Strikers returned to winning ways with a 4-0 defeat of Derry City Ladies at the Brandywell thanks to a masterclass from Lisa Armour.
The Crues took charge of the game from the first whistle, coming close early on when Heather Mearns sent a ferocious shot just wide of Molly McBride’s left hand post before, a minute later, Armour made it one nil to Crusaders.
Derry gradually started to make their way into the fixture but Armour always remained a potent threat, going close on 21 minutes. Her attempted shot following a tantalising cross into the box went sailing over the bar.
Leah McDaid’s tame effort on 24 minutes failed to threaten the Crusaders goal and Armour should have made it 2-0 on 31 minutes. A fizzing ball across the penalty box was met by Armour, who side footed with composure, only to see it rebound and cleared by the home defence.
Five minutes later it was Derry who rattled the Crusaders bar, when a dipping Caoimhe Walsh free kick had Maddy Harvey-Clifford in the Crusaders goal struggling to cover.
A minute later seen Derry attack with pace down the right. Bronagh McGuinness supplied a pin point cross to Rosie Cunningham on the left edge of the six yard box. Cunningham’s strike was saved by Clifford and the danger was gone. Crusaders then scored in the 39th minute when Armour added to her tally.
Crusaders had further chances to score before the break, with Emily Wilson going close on two occasions. If her first effort was wasteful, her second effort was brilliantly palmed away by Molly McBride for a corner.
The second half got underway with Bronagh McGuinness looking lively for the Candystripes. The game as a contest ended on 50 minutes as Armour completed her hat-trick, rounding McBride with ease. Not content with her tally, she added a fourth on 61 minutes.
For the remainder of the contest, Derry showed great passion in trying to create chances but it was Crusaders Strikers that got back to winning ways.
Derry City Ladies: McBride, J. Doherty, E. Doherty, Lapsley, Walsh, Dunne, McGonagle, L. Connolly, B. McGuinness, McDaid, Cunningham subs Coll (replaced Cunningham 60), McLaughlin (not used), Barr (not used)
Crusaders Strikers: Harvey-Clifford, Archibald, Nelson, Hamilton, McCann, Armour, Moore, Mearns, O'Donnell, McDowell, Wilson subs Murphy (replaced McDowell 70), Connolly (replaced McCann 55), Chalmers (replaced Armour 55), Beggs (not used)
Referee: Barry Devenney