Sion Swifts Ladies 3
Derry City 0
SION Swifts Ladies were pleased to get their campaign up and running with three Danske Bank Women’s Premiership points after a 3-0 home win over their newly promoted derby rivals, Derry City on Wednesday evening.
The opening 25 minutes at Darragh Park was littered with mistakes as Sion, in particular, were guilty of coughing up possession before Teresa Burns found Michelle McDaid scampering away down the right and her pin-point cross found 16-year-old Amy Boyle-Carr at the back post and she nodded in the opening goal of the game.
This seemed to spark Sion into life and they began to find more of a rythmn to their play with McDaid and Boyle-Carr missing further chances before the break.
The second period began with Sion again on top but the hard working Derry midfield was making it difficult for the Swifts to play their normal passing game.
Boyle-Carr again stepped up to the mark after 66 minutes, playing a quick fire one-two with Chloe McGlade before firing a shot which sneaked under visiting keeper, McBride to settle any Sion nerves.
The introduction of Aimee Mackin and Kendra McMullan brought a fresh energy to Swifts’ play and it was Mackin who sealed the points with an exquisite touch with her right foot and an explosive finish with her left after a pin-point pass from Hyndman.
Despite being nowhere near their best, Sion will be happy to get up and running with the three points, but know they will have to improve massively on this showing moving forward.
Next up is a very difficult task away to an ever improving Glentoran on Wednesday at The Oval in Belfast (kick-off 8pm).
Sion Swifts Ladies: Walker, Connor, Burns, Hyndman, Moorehead, O’Donnell, McCarter, McGlynn, McGlade, Boyle Carr, McDaid. Subs: Ward, McMullan, Canning, Mackin, Mailey.
League Cup draw
SION Swifts Ladies face another clash with Derry City Ladies following the draw for the quarter-finals of the Women’s Premiership League Cup.
Chair of the Women’s Premiership committee Sue O’Neill and NI Football League staff conducted the draw, which saw reigning champions Linfield Ladies host Crusaders Strikers in arguably the tie of the round, with Cliftonville Ladies getting a bye into the semi-finals, while Glentoran Women entertain Portadown Ladies in the other fixture.
All matches kick-off at 8pm on Wednesday, May 9.
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