Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Champions Linfield Ladies made the journey to the North West to run out 6-1 winners as Sion Swifts finished the season off with a defeat.
Linfield started the game strongly and on five minutes they hit the post when Megan Bell unleashed a poweful effort.
Linfield opened the scoring in the eighth minute when a Rebecca McKenna shot from distance from a wide right position found the roof of the net.
Sion Swifts almost got on the scoresheet soon after when Linfield keeper Louise McFrederick's clearance was closed down and the ball looped over the crossbar.
In a first half full of chances a great shot from distance by Chloe McCarron almost doubled the lead.
Midway through the half a Megan Bell shot from distance rattled the cross bar and Kirsty McGuinness' follow up effort went over the crossbar.
Linfield kept the first half pressure on with Bassett and McGuinness both going close to doubling the lead.
After the interval McGuinness had a shot that went just wide of the target in the opening minute. The lead was then doubled in the 53rd minute when Bell drilled a low shot into the bottom corner beating Niamh Mailey.
Just after the hour mark McKenna rifled in from the edge of the box to put Linfield 3-0 to the good.
Sion Swifts responded and a fine shot from Ebony Leckey reduced the deficit to 3-1 in the 70th minute.
Linfield continued to press and scored their fourth goal in the 73rd minute when Bell fired into the roof of the net from a McGuinness cross.
Bassett then added to the scoring on 76 minutes when McGuinness provided a great cross which was hooked the ball into the net from a tight angle.
The final goal arrived on 79 minutes when Louise McDaniel teed up Chloe McCarron who found the top right corner with a sublime strike.
Sion Swifts Ladies: Mailey, Brogan, McCarter, Harpur, McDaid, McGlynn, Ward, Moore, Falconer, McGlade, Leckey subs O'Hagan (replaced McDaid 77)
Linfield Ladies: McFrederick, Hutton, Burrows, McDade, Venney, McKenna, Magee, Bell, McCarron, K. McGuinness, Bassett subs McDaniel (replaced McDade 81), Kilpatrick (replaced Hutton 85)
Referee: Barry Maxwell