Rachel McConnell (20)
Niamh Connolly (45)
Marissa Callaghan (60)
Carla Devine (85)


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Cliftonville won the bragging rights in the North Belfast derby as they ran out four goal victors over Crusaders at Seaview.

Birthday girl Rachel McConnell opened the scoring midway through the first half before Niamh Connolly doubled the lead before the break.

Marissa Callaghan and substitute Carla Devine also found the target for the Reds, who moved to within a point of third-placed Glentoran - who did not play this week.

McConnell opened the scoring in the 20th minute and the Reds pressure told just before the break with Connolly's snapshot doubling their lead.

Reds captain Callaghan netted a fine goal just on the hour mark when she pounced on the ball just outside the box powerfully placing it past the outstretched hand of Crusaders goalkeeper Maddy Harvey-Clifford.

Devine made it four in the closing moments when she finished from Leonita McVarnock's delivery to seal the points.

Crusaders Strikers: Harvey-Clifford, Archibald, Hamilton, McDowell, Johnston, Nelson, Clare, Armour, Morton, Chalmers, O'Donnell subs McCann (replaced Archibald 52), Carson (not used), Moore (not used), Otter (replaced O'Donnell 70), Rea (replaced Nelson 60)

Cliftonville Ladies: Currie, Moran, Finnegan, McEvoy, Orr, Da Silva, McConnell, M. Callaghan, Connolly, Weatherall, McVarnock subs C. Callaghan (not used), Burns (replaced Weatherall 89), Canavan (not used), Mailey (replaced Da Silva 80), Devine (replaced Connolly 84)

Attendance: 80

Referee: Louise Thompson

Attendance: 80