GAWA stars Wade and Beattie strike twice as Glens sink Reds to hit top spot

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Lauren Wade - at the double for Glens.

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Glentoran Women moved to the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership for the first time this season with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Cliftonville Ladies. 

The Reds had a 100 percent winning record going into this game and still do hold a game in hand over the Glens, in what is set to be a fascinating title battle. 

Glentoran’s sole league defeat this campaign was a 4-2 loss at Solitude earlier this campaign but they extracted an element of revenge this evening with four goals of their own - Northern Ireland internationals Lauren Wade and Kerry Beattie both netted twice. 

Wade netted either side of Beattie’s first half penalty and even though Reds captain Marissa Callaghan pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining, Beattie added another in the closing stages to wrap up the victory. 

Linfield Ladies ended a run of three successive league defeats as they came from one goal down to run out 4-1 victors at Derry City Women. 

It is the second time this campaign that the Blues have fallen behind to the Candystripes but they responded in comprehensive fashion. 

Caroline Gallagher gave Kevin McLaughlin’s side an early lead but two goals from Rebecca Bassett along with strikes from Katie Dickson and Victoria Carleton gave Linfield the victory. 

Ryan McConville was in the dugout for the first time as Sion Swifts Ladies coach but they fell to a late defeat against Crusaders Strikes. 

Michelle McDaid’s second half header had drawn Sion level after Jessica Rea’s opener for the Crues but Julie Nelson won the game for the hosts late on from a corner. 

Julie Nelson late winner for Crues. Pic: CSX Sports, Chris Scott

Crusaders Strikers 2-1 Sion Swifts Ladies (Rea ’21, Nelson 88; McDaid ’62) 

Derry City Women 1-4 Linfield Ladies (Gallagher ’19; Bassett ’23, ’50, Dickson ’33, Carleton ‘67) 

Glentoran Women 4-1 Cliftonville Ladies (Wade ’23, ’40, Beattie pen ’28, ‘88; Callaghan ’80) 


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