Reds sink Sion to close gap at the top to a single point

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Cliftonville scorer Louise McDaniel

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Cliftonville Ladies closed the gap to Glentoran Women to just one point at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership following their 3-1 win at Sion Swifts Ladies on Wednesday evening. 

The Reds still have one game in hand over the reigning champions and they bounced back from their defeat in East Belfast last week with a comprehensive win over Sion. 

Louise McDaniel gave John McGrady’s side the lead ahead of half-time before quickfire goals from Kirsty McGuinness and Megan Weatherall extended the advantage at the start of the second half. 

Substitute Cora Chambers pulled a late goal back for Sion, who had beaten Linfield Ladies 6-0 only three days earlier. 

Crusaders Strikers strengthened their grip on third spot with a comfortable 3-1 win at Linfield, with all the visitors' goals arriving in the first half. 

Northern Ireland international striker Emily Wilson struck twice within the opening 12 minutes for Spike Hill’s side before Danielle McDowell added a third three minutes before the break. 

Rebecca McKenna - another international star - pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time but it was not enough for the Blues, who remain in fourth spot and 12 points off the top.

Linfield Ladies 1-3 Crusaders Strikers (McKenna ’70; Wilson ‘8, ’12, McDowell ’42) 

Sion Swifts Ladies 1-3 Cliftonville Ladies (Chambers ’88; McDaniel ’45, K McGuinness ’47, Weatherall ’51)

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