DESPITE scoring 17 goals in two games without reply, it’s been another week of mixed fortunes for Sion Swifts who thrust themselves firmly back into the Premiership title race by hitting neighbours Derry City for a magnificent seven and defeating basement side Comber Rec 10-0 at Melvin last night.
Disappointingly Lauren Brennan limped out of the action just eight minutes into the game against the Candystripes and it looks like a recurrence of an old cruciate injury will rule her out for the remainder of the season.
Fellow attacker Chloe McDaid played her final game against Rec as she prepares to head Stateside on a scholarship.
On a more positive note Caoimhe Walsh made a scoring debut against her former Derry team-mates and manager Tony McGinley confirmed he would soon be in a position to announce a trio of new signings subject to international clearance. His immediate thoughts though were with the unfortunate Brennan.
“Lauren was distraught on Monday night and it certainly looks like that will finish her for the season,” he said.
“She had worked so hard to get back playing and had scored a number of goals for us.”
Reflecting on Monday night’s win which takes Sion to within two points of joint leaders Linfield and Glentoran, McGinley added,
“It was a satisfying result, a derby game, a few players stepped up to the plate and we scored a few goals. Goal difference might be important.
“First half we were just okay, but we played well in the second half. Michelle McDaid got her first goal, Kerry Brown her first senior goal and Kendra (Semple-McMullan) was on the scoresheet as well.
“Caoimhe also topped up an impressive debut with a great goal. She’s got a bit of quality about her.”
Last night the big three all won which keeps Sion within striking distance of their Belfast rivals.