Kirsty sends Sion top of table - then earns NI recall after two years on sidelines

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Sion 4 Glens 3. Pic: CSX Sports/Chris Scott

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Sion Swifts produced a remarkable comeback from 3-1 down to topple Danske Bank Women's Premiership league leaders Glentoran 4-3 at the Melvin Sports Complex. 

The hosts had taken an early lead in the game when Erin Fildara converted from Caoimhe Walsh’s assist but then the Glens took charge. 

Jess Foy levelled the scores before the break and then Aimee-Lee Peachey and Caragh Hamilton both netted in the second half to appear to settle the tie. 

However, Sion - who lost at Crusaders the previous week - produced a stirring fightback with three goals in the space of seven minutes late on to sensationally win the game.

Fildara was the provider for Caitlin McGuinness to spectacularly volley home before Caitlin’s sister Kirsty levelled proceedings with a pinpoint free-kick. 

The former Linfield stars combined once more to score the winner, with Kirsty converting from the penalty spot to win the game and send Sion top of the league on goal difference. 

She had more good news on Thursday morning - from the international manager:


What a picture. Encapsulates the agony and ecstasy of a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory. Pic: CSX Sports/Chris Scott

There are now four teams joint top of the standings on six points as Linfield and Crusaders also recorded victories. 

Champions Linfield bounced back from last week’s loss at Glentoran to defeat Cliftonville in a close-fought encounter at Midgely Park - Cora Morgan and Northern Ireland international defender Ashley Hutton were on target for the Blues after the break.

Another great shot. Action from the Belfast derby - Linfield v Cliftonville. CSX Sports/Damien Toolan.

It was a much more convincing win for Crusaders at Derry City, who remain at the bottom of the table after three rounds of matches. 

Morganne Beggs and Amy McGivern were on target for the Strikers before the break after Derry held out for the opening 36 minutes. 

Emily Wilson then netted a brace in the second half with the experienced Julie Nelson also on the scoresheet. 

With four teams locked at six points at the top of the table with just seven rounds of matches to go, this promises to be the best Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season yet.

Here are the highlights from match day three, courtesy NIFL:

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