Womens News 2019/20
Womens News 2019/20
Glentoran Women 2019 Season
Glentoran Women 1-1 Linfield Ladies
Saturday 14 September 2019
The title race in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership will go down to the wire after Linfield were held to a 1-1 draw with Glentoran at The Oval.
The Blues are three points behind league leaders Sion Swifts with a game in hand - Linfield have to play basement side Comber Rec at home and travel to Derry, while Sion also have to travel to the Candystripes.
Sion have an 11-goal advantage on goal difference, and the race is now poised to go into the final minutes of the season after third-placed Glentoran frustrated the Blues on Saturday.
Makyla Mulholland gave the Glens a first-half lead before Northern Ireland international defender Ashley Hutton levelled midway through the second half.
Demi Vance starred for the home side in the first half and the Glens goal on the half hour mark from Mulholland was deserved, with Kelly Baillie’s headed goal five minutes later ruled out for offside.
Hutton levelled the score for Linfield in the second half after an onslaught of pressure, and despite the Blues pushing for a late winner the spoils were shared.
Glentoran Women: Higgins, Foy, E. McMaster, Mulholland, Vance, A. McMaster, Kelly, Bailie, Davis, Forssner, Lehman subs McKinnon (not used), Peachey (not used), Rogan (replaced A. McMaster 70), Andrews (replaced E. McMaster 79), Beattie (replaced Bailie 75)
Glentoran Women 1-2 Crusaders Strikers
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Crusaders Strikers produced one of the shocks of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership season as they ended Glentoran Women’s slim title hopes.
Northern Ireland international Julie Nelson netted a double for the Crues in East Belfast and while Makyla Mulholland netted a late consolation for the Glens, Spike Hill’s side held on for the points.
In what was a game with few chances for either side in the first half, a tremendous free kick from Nelson near the halfway line sparked the game into life. It evaded Glentoran keeper Ashleigh McKinnon, hit the crossbar and rebounded off the unlucky keeper to nestle in the back of the net to give the Shore Road women the lead.
The Strikers went further ahead with a second goal for Nelson who this time was left unmarked in the penalty area and from a corner headed home to double the lead.
The Glens got back into the game through a penalty from Mulholland after a handball incident in the penalty area.
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, White, Foy, E. McMaster, Peachey, Mulholland, Vance, Beattie, Bailie, Davis, Forssner subs A. McMaster (replaced Bailie 61), Andrews (replaced Peachey 46), Higgins (not used), Marshall (replaced Forssner 83), Lehman (not used)
Sion Swifts 4-0 Glentoran Women
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Sion Swifts recorded a statement four-goal victory over Danske Bank Women's Premiership rivals Glentoran on Wednesday night.
Donna Kay Henry bagged a brace for the Strabane-based hosts while Kristen Desmond and Amy Carr were also among the scorers in the impressive display.
On 25 minutes the deadlock was broken: a wonderful long pass from Catherine Hyndman sent Henry clear and when Glens goalkeeper Emma Higgins misjudged the bounce, the Swifts striker was first to the ball to prod home.
In the 47th minute Desmond rolled Makyla Mulholland on the edge of the box and shot low and hard into the bottom left corner with Higgins scrambling.
Carr outpaced Glens captain Jessica Foy and with Higgins in no man’s land she rounded the last defender to slot home.
With only a minute of normal time remaining Henry robbed White on the half way line, stepped inside the oncoming Mulholland and fired an unstoppable drive from 20 yards past Higgins into the roof of the net.
Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Foy, Mulholland, Rogan, Kelly, Andrews, Maxwell, Bailie, Davis, Forssner subs McKinnon (not used), E. McMaster (replaced Andrews 58), Peachey (not used), Carleton (replaced Maxwell 30), Beattie (replaced Rogan 75)
Electric Ireland Women's Irish Cup Semi Final
Glentoran Women 4-0 Comber Rec Ladies
Saturday 17 August 2019
Holders Glentoran Women continued their Electric Ireland Women's Challenge Cup defence with a four-goal semi-final defeat of Comber Rec Ladies at Seaview.
The game was only 90 seconds old when Rachel Rogan latched onto a pass and calmly placed a side footed shot past keeper Leigh Skelton from the left hand corner of the 18-yard box.
Comber had been caught cold and it took a lot of effort to try to work their way back into the game. Glentoran continually pushed with Skelton pulling off a number of saves to keep the scoreline to a single goal.
Much as Comber tried to compete it was always Glentoran who were first to the ball and, as the half progressed, it was becoming one way traffic.
It was no surprise, then, that the Glens eventually doubled their advantage on 40 minutes courtesy of Joely Andrews' clinical finish after controlling a bouncing ball 10 yards out.
Skelton was called into action again with a spectacular save diving across the goal to deny Glentoran a third just before the break, with the second half starting in similar fashion as she frustrated the cup holders time after time.
However, she was beaten again on 68 minutes through Jessica Davis' close range finish before Glens stalwart Kelly Bailie added a fourth five minutes after that with a calm side foot effort from inside the box after latching onto a waist high cross.
From the restart Skelton was again called into action, reacting to an indirect free-kick taken from inside the area, to palm the shot round the far post. It was the sort of save that made her the obvious candidate to be named Electric Ireland "Player of the Match".
Glentoran will meet Linfield Ladies in the the final on September 21st after they defeated Crusaders Strikers in the other Semi-Final. A repeat pf last season's final that we won 2-1 with two late goals from Makayla Mulholland.
Team: Ashleigh McKinnon, Jessica Foy, Malin Frossner , Jessie Davis, Regan Lehman, Makayla Mulholland, Samantha Kelly, Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Rachel Rogan, Kelly Bailie Subs: Emma Higgins, Aimee-Lee Peachey (replaced Lehman), Olivia Marshall (replaced Foy), Danielle Maxwell (replaced Rogan), Cleo Neece-Taggart
Derry City 0 - 4 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 14 August 2019
Title hopefuls Glentoran took advantage of Linfield sitting out this round of action to leapfrog them at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.
Striker Rachel Rogan netted twice for the Glens in OUR 4-0 home victory over struggling Derry City, with Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie also on target for the East Belfast side.
Glentoran's Kelly Baillie spurned an early opportunity from the penalty spot but Andrews slotted home the opener just after the half hour mark.
Glentoran came out for the second half with more cohesion and intent. Good work from Andrews on the right wing found Rogan on the six-yard line in the 49th minute to double the lead.
Rogan added her second and Glentoran's third on 65 minutes after a Derry defensive mix-up before Beattie made it four, two minutes later, with a well worked goal from the right.
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, Foy, Peachey, Mulholland, Rogan, Kelly, Andrews, Beattie, Bailie, Davis, Lehman subs Taggart (replaced Bailie 61), Maxwell (replaced Rogan 70)
Glentoran Women 2-3 Sion Swifts
Monday 12 August 2019
Sion Swifts secured a vital three points in a clash between two Danske Bank Women’s Premiership contenders at the Hammer on Monday night.
The Strabane-based side triumphed in the rearranged fixture to move them level on points - despite having played a game less - with the Glens in second, two points behind leaders Linfield.
Goals from Tasmin McCarter, Kristin Desmond and Donna Kay Henry gave Sion the points despite a Kelly Bailie brace for the hosts.
It took only five minutes for the first of the five goals with McCarter opening the scoring in an entertaining game.
Glentoran pulled the score level on 35 minutes when Bailie smashed a penalty into the right-hand side of the net after Sion had handled in the box.
Sion went ahead again in the 57th minute through Desmond after a smart passing move but Bailie levelled again with a calm chip over Sion goalkeeper Nicole McClure.
However, Carr won the game with seven minutes to go for the visitors.
Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Foy, Mulholland, Rogan, Kelly, Carleton, Andrews, Bailie, Davis, Lehman subs McKinnon (not used), Peachey (replaced Lehman 60), Maxwell (replaced Carleton 35), Beattie (not used), Marshall (replaced Maxwell 75)
Glentoran Women 11-0 Comber Rec
Wednesday 7 August 2019
Glentoran bounced back from their draw against Cliftonville last week with a thumping victory at home to Comber Rec., who remain rooted to the foot of the table.
Striker Rachel Rogan bagged four goals in the rout with Kelly Baillie also netting twice, as Jessica Davis, Victoria Carleton, Makyla Mulholland, Kerry Beattie, Danielle Maxwell and Olivia Marshall also netted.
The hosts were missing six regular players but they delivered the big victory they knew they needed to keep the pressure on league leaders Linfield, who did not play this week due to their participatin in the Champions League in Belgium.
Comber's task on the night was always going to be an uphill struggle and this was magnified when their central defender Eimhear Oprey was sent-off for handball on the lines in the 29th minute.
The Glens netted four goals in the final ten minutes to add gloss to their scoreline and maintain the title pressure.
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Makayla Mulholland, Rachel Rogan, Samantha Kelly, Vicky Carleton, Kerry Beattie, Kelly Bailie, Jessie Davis subs Cleo Taggart, Danielle Maxwell, Olivia Marshall
Toals County Antrim Cup Final
Glentoran Women 2-Crusaders Strikers
Saturday 27 July 2019
Two second half goals from Kerry Beattie secured a 2-1 win over Crusaders in tonight's Toals' County Antrim Cup Final at Seaview. The Glens played for the last 30 minutes with only 10 players after skipper Jess Foy was adjudged to have handled in the area to concede a penalty that allowed Crusaders to equalise Beattie's opener.
Remarkably tonight's victory means that the Glens are currently holders of all three domestic knockout cups after previous final wins over Sion Swifts and Linfield.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Jessica Foy, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Vicky Carleton, Ali McMaster, Samantha Kelly Kelly Bailie, Jessie Davis, Jackie Simpson subs Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Aimee-Lee Peachey (not used), Kerry Beattie (replaced McMaster) Joely Andrews (replaced Kelly), Cleo Taggart (not used)
Crusaders Strikers 0-2 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 17th July 2019
Glentoran remain top of the standings thanks to their two-goal victory at Seaview - Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie were on target for the League Cup winners.
Crusaders welcomed back club captain Julie Nelson to marshal the defence after a spell on the sidelines through injury. The host's best chance of the half came on 14 minutes from a Danielle McDowell free kick, the ball falling to Amanda Morton but, she sliced her shot agonisingly wide. Glentoran had a great chance minutes later when a shot by captain, Nadene Caldwell flashed just wide of goal.
The stalemate was broken on 37 minutes after a great team move down the right by Glentoran. The ball was swept into the box by Alison McMaster and Andrews was in the right spot to coolly place the shot just beyond the diving Kirsty McCaughtry in the Crusaders goal.
The game was settled on 83 minutes when a Glentoran Corner caused a goalmouth scramble in the Crusaders area. The ball fell kindly to Beattie on the edge of the box and she lashed a fine effort into the bottom left corner beyond McCaughtry in goal.
Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Caldwell, Vance, Rogan, McMaster, Kelly, Carleton, Andrews, Bailie, Davis subs McKinnon (not used), Peachey (replaced Caldwell 52), Taggart (not used), Beattie (replaced McMaster 70), Marshall (replaced Andrews 77)
Linfield Ladies 0-1 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Glentoran Women leapfrogged fierce Belfast rivals Linfield to the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership with a 1-0 victory at Midgley Park.
Alison McMaster’s first half strike was the difference between the two sides in South Belfast - she volleyed home Victoria Carleton’s delivery.
It is the first league defeat of the season for current champions Linfield and they have now slipped behind the Glens at the top due to the East Belfast side’s 10-goal superior goal difference.
The 43rd minute McMaster strike from six yards was all that separated the teams in a tight match were both teams defence cancelled each other out for much of the game.
In a first half littered with half chances for both teams it was McMaster who provided the only spark nipping in ahead of Magee to volley home from close range on the stroke of half-time.
In a keenly contested battle, Kirsty McGuinness went close with a free kick for the hosts, while Glentoran’s Demi Vance was denied by two superb Ashley Hutton blocks and Rachel Rogan was thwarted by Lauren Perry in the home goal. Rogan was all energy tonight and a constant thorn in the Linfield defence creating space for Vance and Nadene Caldwell to run into.
With five minutes left on the clock Caitlin McGuinness gathered the ball on the edge of the box and beat two defenders only for a superb tackle by Jackie Simpson to end the run just as she was about to shoot for the Blues.
Glentoran Women: Higgins, White, Foy, Caldwell, Vance, Rogan, McMaster, Carleton, Andrews, Davis, Simpson subs McKinnon (not used), Peachey (not used), Kelly (not used), Beattie (replaced Carleton 81), Bailie (replaced McMaster 66)
Women's Premiership League Cup Final
Glentoran Women 2-0 Sion Swifts
Friday 28 June 2019
Glentoran Women hit a quickfire second half double to seal victory against Sion Swifts Ladies in the final of the Women’s Premiership League Cup.
The evenly matched final burst into life after 13 minutes when Rachel Rogan was adjudged to have been fouled by Tasmin McCarter. Demi Vance stepped up but her tame penalty was well saved by Nicole McClure in the Sion Swifts’ goal.
It proved to be the best chance of a half which produced limited chances, as Rachel Rogan narrowly missed out on the opportunity to open the scoring for the Glens on 25 minutes when her close range effort went narrowly wide from a good position – with the sides going in level at the break.
In the second half it was the East Belfast pressing forward against their County Tyrone opponents, but were restricted to a number of unsuccessful long range free-kicks firstly through Vance again, then Makyla Mulholland.
The breakthrough came on 75 minutes as Demi Vance on hand to fire home from a tight angle after Rachel Rogan’s initial effort which had bounced back off the foot of the post.
Player of the match Demi Vance doubled her tally for the evening straight from the restart to kill the game off in balmy conditions at Seaview. She raced through the centre of the Sion defence and slid the ball under Jamaican international keeper McClure.
Time eventually ran out for the Swifts, as Glentoran Women celebrated their first League Cup success in the NI Football League at Seaview.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Vicky Carleton, Kelly Bailie, Jessie Davis, Jackie Simpson subs Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Aimee-LeePeachey (not used), Ali McMaster (replaced Carleton 56), Samantha Kelly (replaced Bailie 56), Kerry Beattie (replaced Rogan 87)
Glentoran Women 7-0 Derry City
Wednesday 19 June 2019
Glentoran Women moved to the top of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership as they comfortably defeated Derry City 7-0 at the Ulidia Playing Fields.
The East Belfast outfit moved above Linfield - who did not play tonight and have a game in hand - on goal difference after their landslide win.
There were six different scorers for the Glens in the rout - Rachel Rogan, Kerry Beattie, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance and Shannon Grattan were all on target, while Joely Andrews netted a double.
It took only six minutes for Glentoran to open the scoring when Yasmin White sent the ball into the box from the right and Rogan got on the end of a rebound.
Ten minutes before the break, Vance was brought down in the box but Ali McMaster's penalty went over the bar.
On 51 minutes, a sweet ball into the box from Vicky Carleton was met by Beattie who thumped it into the net and 17 minutes later assist from Carleton was cleared to the edge of the box, allowing Andrews to pick it up and fire home.
Caldwell made it 4-0 on the 70th minute with a 25-yard effort and two minutes later Vance scored a fine individual goal.
A second goal from Andrews soon followed on 75 minutes with a precise finish to the bottom right of the net and Grattan's volley with ten minutes remaining completed the scoring.
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Samantha Kelly, Vicky Carleton, Jessie Davis subs Emma Higgins (not used), Shannon Grattan (replaced Rogan 62), Joely Andrews (replaced Kelly 65), Kerry Beattie (replaced McMaster 46), Olivia Marshall (not used)
Comber Rec Ladies 0-4 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Glentoran Women made it three league wins on the bounce as they eased to a 4-0 win at Londonderry Park against basement side Comber Rec Ladies.
Nadene Caldwell was the star of the show for the Glens as she netted a hat-trick - grabbing two goals in three minutes before the break to give the visitors control of the game.
Jessie Davis made it three in the second half before Caldwell completed her treble. The Glens closed the gap with Linfield Ladies at the top of the league to three points as the Blues drew tonight with Sion Swifts, who remain third..
Despite Glentoran being the more dominant team in the first period, with Comber goalkeeper Leigh Skelton making a number of key saves, it took until the 40th minute for Glentoran to break Combers stubborn resistance down.
Caldwell netted twice in three minutes to put the visitors 2-0 up at the break and giving the Glens control.
Comber started the second half on the front foot with Lindsay Johnston’s effort going just wide before Davis added to the Glens lead, with Comber’s Lindsay Johnston potentially getting the unfortunate final touch.
More Glens pressure paid off with eight minutes remaining as Caldwell grabbed her hat-trick to win the game in style.
Match highlights HERE
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Samantha Kelly, Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Kelly Bailie, Jessica Davis subs Emma Higgins (not used), Shannon Grattan (replaced Bailie 71), Sarah Connolly (replaced Rogan 69), Katie Stanfield (replaced Foy 84)
Cliftonville Ladies 1-4 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Glentoran moved into second - leapfrogging Sion Swifts on goal difference - following a 4-1 victory over Cliftonville at Solitude.
First half goals from Rachel Rogan and Nadene Caldwell put the East Belfast side in control but Rachel McConnell grabbed one back for the Reds after the break.
However, a double from Kerry Beattie ensured the League Cup finalists remain within five points of leaders Linfield.
Leah McEvoy and Marissa Callaghan went close for the Reds early on but it was the Glens who took control when Rogan fired home from close-range and Caldwell doubled the lead on the half-hour mark by rounding Reds goalkeeper Lauren Currie.
McConnell grabbed one back for the hosts after the break but Glentoran substitute Rogan did all the damage thereafter, netting twice inside the space of eight minutes to finish the game off.
Reds player Megan Weatherall was then dismissed for apparent dissent while the same appeared to be true for Glens coach Gail Redmond on the touchline.
Demi Vance had the chance to add a fifth for the Glens late on from the penalty spot but her effort was saved by substitute goalkeeper Joana Da Silva.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Samantha Kelly, Vicky Carleton, Jessica Davis subs Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Shannon Grattan (not used), Joely Andrews (not used), Kerry Beattie (replaced Kelly 62), Olivia Marshall (not used)
Glentoran Women 1-0 Crusaders Strikers
Monday 27 May 2019
Glentoran Women edged out Crusaders Strikers 1-0 at Ulidia Playing Fields thanks to Makyla Mulholland's strike to book their place in the League Cup final.
The East Belfast outfit had defeated Spike Hill's Crues 5-0 less than two weeks prior but Monday's contest proved a much more closely fought affair.
The Glens came close several times in the opening 15 minutes hitting the post twice and the Crusaders keeper Kirsty McCaughtry pulling off a string of saves.
On 22 minutes Glentoran were awarded a penalty after Rachel Rogan was brought down in the box but McCaughtry saved the Demi Vance shot that was destined for the bottom right corner.
A second half Mulholland header on 50 minutes, from a Demi Vance freekick was enough to ensure that the East Belfast outfit booked their slot in the final showpiece.
The drama didn't end there as on 75 minutes Yasmin White of the hosts was dismissed for a second yellow card.
Glentoran will now meet Sion Swifts in the final next month.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Joely Andrews, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Olivia Marshall, Jessica Davis subs Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Shannon Grattan (replaced Andrews 82), Aimee-Lee Peachey (replaced McMaster 76), Kerry Beattie (replaced Marshall 46), Sarah Gamble (not used)
New Signing: Jessica Davis
Glentoran Women are delighted to announce the signing of Jessica Davis.
Jessie, from Fairfax, Virginia originally played for a few different hometown clubs growing up.
In 2009, she graduated from Penn State University, a top 10 program in NCAA Division where she was the two-year Captain.
After graduation, she took some time off playing competitively to pursue her Master's Degree and career. In 2015, she started training for the 2016 season with the Boston Breakers.
2016: Jessie played for the Boston Breakers Reserves in Boston, USA (National Champions WPSL)
2017: Played for Peninsula Power in Brisbane, Australia (Captain, NPL Champions, Grand Final Winners)
2018: She played for IK Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden
Jessie says she is "Absolutely delighted to be with the Glens" and is looking forward to the task ahead.
Welcome to Glentoran Jessie
Glentoran Women 5-0 Crusaders Strikers
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Glentoran Women bounced back from last week's defeat against Linfield Ladies to record a five-goal Belfast derby victory against Crusaders Strikers.
Demi Vance and Rachel Rogan both netted doubles for Diarmuid O'Carroll's side before Yasmin White added a fifth late on for the Glens, who stay two points behind leaders Linfield.
Vance opened the scoring in the opening minutes of the game following pressure down the left-hand side with Rogan bringing the assist.
Rogan turned from the provider into scorer as she got on the end of Kellie Baillie’s inch-perfect cross, before Vance made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark with a direct free-kick.
Vance was influential from the fourth as it was her cross which saw Rogan make it four and there was time for White to add a fifth, turning her marker inside out before firing home from inside the area.
Glentoran remain second in the standings - two points behind leaders Linfield despite playing one game more.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Samantha Kelly, Kelly Bailie, Jessica Davis
subs Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Makayla Mulholland (replaced Peachey 77), Joely Andrews (replaced Bailie 79), Kerry Beattie (not used), Olivia Marshall (replaced McMaster 58)
Kelly wins April Award
Evergreen Glentoran stalwart Kelly Baillie has won the Glentoran Women Player Of The Month award for April.
The 38-year-old speaks about her time at the club and her ambitions for the season ahead. Kelly is, somewhat incredibly, in her 23rd season at the club and has even flown home to represent the Glens when undergoing a four-year scholarship in the United States.
Speaking to www.glentoran.com , Kelly said this week: “The main thing is that I’m still enjoying it, so my only thought is to keep playing. Reality will eventually set in and chasing younger players round the pitch will become increasingly difficult, but it’s important to keep me motivated and to maintain my fitness levels. It’s the same for playing any sport though, it’s vital that you can enjoy it and the more minutes I can play the better, helping the club to continue to develop.
Five goals in the opening three games for me probably has surprised me a bit too! But this is why I’m still determined to keep going. Glentoran, under its guises, are the club I have been with since I have started and for me it’s important for me to keep that continuity. That’s why I kept coming home every summer because it was important for me to keep playing for the team and then flying back at when the season was over.”
Bailie has got the campaign off to flying start - she has netted five goals in the opening three league games.
“The league title is undoubtedly our target this season,” added the midfielder, who has won 56 caps for Northern Ireland. “At my time at the club we have won plenty of titles and there was one season we won a treble and for a significant spell we were the best team in the division. Natural progression means you then need to rebuild but in recent years we are little bit disappointed we did not have quite as strong a league season. We always seemed to have a stronger finish to the campaign but struggled at the start so hopefully this season is different as we had a faster start.”
Kelly started out as a 16-year-old with Belfast United who then became Glentoran Women, and has won seven Irish Cups at the club but has not landed the Premiership title in five years.
“It’s important to get off to a fast start, but the main thing now is to keep improving and building on this. The games against Linfield are always important but now that all the teams play each other three times rather than two, it helps in that regard. In the past it might have been looked at as a two-horse race for the title but now every game is tough and the standard has really gone up. There are four or five teams now who can beat anyone else in the division and each game is really tough, which is a credit to the development. Now the league is publicised and it’s easier for women to get involved in the sport is something that is important, and from a playing point of view the advancements are clear.”
Pictured above is Kelly receiving her award from David Kerr of Digivibe Media.
Sponsor of the Player Of the Month award is North Down Glentoran Supporters Club
Glentoran Women 0-3 Linfield Ladies
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Glentoran Women's unbeaten start to the season ended abruptly tonight as Linfield came out with the bragging rights after taking all three points in the first “Big Two” Derby match of the season
Glentoran came close to taking the lead after 10 minutes when a Kelly Bailie strike from 25 yards rattled off the crossbar and Rachel Rogan miskicked the the rebound past the left hand side of the post.
Linfield opened the scoring on 34 minutes when a Kirsty McGuinness corner fell for Louise McDaniel to flick the ball home from close range. On 43 minutes the advantage was doubled when Casey Howe hit a shot from the edge of the box into the corner of the net.
As the second half resumed, Glentoran again had a shot hit off the crossbar as it began to feel like it just wasn't going to be our night. On 78 minutes Linfield scored a 3rd as Kelsie Burrows insured all 3 points went back to South Belfast.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Joely Andrews Kelly Bailie, Olivia Marshall
Substitutes: Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Victoria Carleton, Kerry Beattie, Sarah Gamble
Sion Swifts Ladies 2-2 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Glentoran Women dropped their first points of the campaign as two goals in the final twenty minutes from Sion Swifts rescued a point at the Melvin Sports Complex.
After a scoreless first half, Diarmuid O’Carroll's Glens looked to be on their way to three points thanks to two goals from Demi Vance.
However, the Strabane-based hosts, who eliminated Linfield from the League Cup two days earlier, struck back through Tyler Toland and Lauren Brennan to rescue a point.
Sion were the stronger side in the first half - Aimee Mackin broke free midway through the half but visiting goalkeeper Emma Higgins was equal to her shot. Mackin had another chance when Claragh Connor crossed from the right to find the forward free in the box but her right footed effort was straight at Higgins.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring just after the break with Demi Vance netting from close range before scoring directly from a free kick shortly after.
However, Sion fought back - Mackin was brought down inside the area and while Tyler Toland’s penalty was initially saved, she netted the rebound. This goal gave Sion belief and then Brennan came off the bench to score inside the box after determined work from Grant, to draw the home side level.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Samantha Kelly, Kelly Bailie, Olivia Marshall
Substitutes: Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Jenna McKearney (not used), Joely Andrews (replaced Marshall 46), Kerry Beattie (replaced Bailie 68)
Glentoran Women 5-0 Comber Rec Ladies
Monday 29 April 2019
Glentoran Women swept to a convincing five-goal victory over Comber Rec. Ladies in the League Cup quarter-finals.
It took the Glens 32 minutes to open the scoring with Nadene Caldwell getting on the end of a Demi Vance corner following a sustained period of pressure.
Five minutes before the break, Vance was the provider again with another inch-perfect corner and this time it was Sarah Gamble who rose the highest to get her head to it and double the Glens lead.
Moments before the break, Ashleigh McKinnon had a chance to halve the deficit for Comber but her effort went wide of goal.
The Glens made it 3-0 in the 55th minute - good individual play down the left side from Sam Kelly with a delivery ending in a goalmouth scramble with Rachel Rogan tucking the ball in.
With 13 minutes remaining Rogan got her second of the night - a deep cross from Kelly saw Olivia Marshall (pictured above) have a blocked shot only for Rogan to nip in and net the rebound.
There was still time for 16-year-old Marshall to grab her first senior goal, firing home at the back post following a free-kick.
Glentoran will meet either Derry City or Crusaders Strikers in the semi-final.
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance, Samantha Kelly, Rachel Rogan, Kerry Beattie, Sarah Gamble, Olivia Marshall
Substitutes: Emma Higgins (not used), Jenna McKearney (replaced Peachey 40), Joely Andrews (replaced Beattie 57), Katie Stanfield (replaced White 90)
Derry City 0-7 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 24 April 2019
Diarmuid O'Carroll's Glens began their campaign with a six-goal victory over Comber Rec. Ladies last week but went one better on Wednesday night with a landslide victory over Derry City at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.
Rachel Rogan netted twice for the East Belfast side with last week's hat-trick hero Kelly Bailie this time netting a brace with Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell and Demi Vance also among the scorers.
The only goal of the first half came via Peachey, who scored from a corner in the fifth minute after Bailie initially had an effort cleared off the line.
The Glens had to wait until the second half - following a series of missed openings before the break - to extend their lead. Caldwell doubled the advantage straight after half-time with a looped finish - the first of six goals in just over half an hour.
Bailie and Rogan both netted braces while Vance scored in her second successive game as the Glens ran out convincing seven-goal victors.
Glentoran Women: Emma Higgins, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy, Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Makayla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Samantha Kelly, Kerry Beattie, Kelly Bailie
Substitutes: Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), Jenna McKearney (Peachey 76), Olivia Marshall (Beattie 76)
Glentoran Women 6-0 Comber Rec Ladies
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Photographs by AM Photography NI
Kelly Bailie's hat-trick helped propel Glentoran Women to a convincing six-goal victory over newly-promoted Comber Rec. Ladies at The Oval.
A quickfire first-half double from Bailie put Diarmuid O'Carroll's side in control before Rachel Rogan also netted a brace ahead of the break.
Demi Vance made it five after half-time and there was still time for Bailie to complete her hat-trick to give the East Belfast side a perfect start to the 2019 Danske Bank Women's Premiership.
After a slow start, it took Glentoran 28 minutes to open the scoring when Bailie got on the end of a Joely Andrews assist. A further three goals were added with 11 minutes with Vance helping herself to a hat-trick of assists. Rogan grabbed two and Bailie the other as the Glens ran riot.
Vance turned from provider to goalscorer before the hour mark as she slid the ball home past Comber goalkeeper Leigh Skelton when Bailie secured her hat-trick goal in injury time to put the icing on the cake for last season's runners-up.
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy (captain), Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Vicky Carleton, Joely Andrews, Kelly Bailie, Sarah Gamble
Substitutes: Emma Higgins (not used), Ali McMaster (Carleton, 55), Jenna McKearney (not used), Samantha Kelly (Peachey, 58), Danielle Maxwell (not used), Kerry Beattie (Andrews, 67)
Belfast Celtic 0-20 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Glentoran Women got their season off to a fantastic start tonight as as they ran out 20-0 winners over Belfast Celtic in the County Antrim Cup. Goalscorers were as follows: 5 Rachel Rogan 4 Demi Vance 3 Danielle Maxwell 2 Kelly Bailie 2 Nadene Caldwell 2 Ali McMaster 1 Kerry Beattie 1 Makyla Mulholland.
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 3. Jessica Foy 5. Aimee Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 7. Makyla Mulholland 8. Demi Vance 9. Rachel Rogan 10. Ali McMaster 19. Vicky Carleton 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie
Subs: 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 23. Sarah Gamble
Emma makes a return
Glentoran Women are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Emma Higgins.
Emma played for her hometown club Ballymena before joining Glentoran in 2007, She then went on to win a scholarship to Leeds Metropolitan University and signed for Leeds United. Since then she has played for Icelandic club Grindavík and most recently Selfoss. She was previously with Doncaster Rovers Belles of the FA WSL.
Emma made her senior Northern Ireland debut aged 17, against Portugal at the Algarve Cup. Eight years later she made her 50th appearance against New Zealand at the Cyprus Cup.
Emma brings a wealth of experience to the club and we are delighted to have her onboard.
Welcome back to Glentoran Emma
Back in red, green and black.
Glentoran Women are delighted to announce our first signing of 2019, Vicky Carleton. The 22 year old re-joins the club after spells with Portsmouth Women and Lewes Women. We'll have more transfer news coming your way soon!
Glentoran Women 2018 Season
GWFC Take Oval Salute
The cup winning Glentoran Womens team and their management and coaching team were welcomed to Monday night's "Big Two" men's first team match with Linfield. The squad were welcomed into The Oval boardroom by the Board of Directors then proudly paraded the Electric Ireland Women's Irish Cup on the pitch before kick off. The cup winners received a great reception from the bumper home crowd.
Glentoran Women 3-5 Linfield Ladies
Friday 28 September 2018
This match proved a game too far for the Glens after 2 great wins in the previous six days.
In a game of two halves it was Glentoran that bossed the first half and deservedly went in with a three goal cushion.
Makyla Mullholland, Ali McMaster and Rachel Rogan put the Glens ahead in a stunning first half performance.
Cup final hero Mulholland headed in from a Demi Vance corner in the fifth minute to give Glentoran a dream start.
Linfield almost equalised when Kirsty McGuinness came close to an equaliser on 19 minutes. Teeded up by Louise McDaniel, McGuinness fired across the keeper but the ball couldn’t beat the post.
Glentoran came close to a second on 24 minutes when a terrific shot from distance by Vance struck the post and rolled along the goal line before being cleared by a grateful Linfield defence.
However, the home side went 2-0 ahead on 27 minutes. A long free kick into the box was headed down into the path of McMaster who bundled the ball home.
Rachel Rogan made is 3-0 in the 45th minute when she flicked home a Vance corner at the near post.
At the interval Linfield made some important changes, captain Sarah Venney replaced injured goalkeeper Jamie Lee Wilson and Louise McFrederick went into goal.
Within four minutes of the restart Rebecca McKenna fired home a shot from distance into the top corner and the comeback was on.
On 52 minutes McGuinness was released one on one with the keeper and she slotted the ball home and make the score 3-2.
Glentoran were hanging on but looking dangerous on the break but on the 70th minute Linfield drew level. A shot from McGuinness took a wicked deflection to leave Ashleigh McKinnon totally stranded and the comeback was complete at 3-3.
A point would have clinched the title for Linfield at this stage but the Blues went on to win the match. The momentum was with the title chasing Blues' and they went in search of more goals.
A deep free kick from McGuinness found Ashley Hutton at the back post and she powered home the header to put Linfield 4-3 ahead on 75 minutes.
The comeback was completed on 79 minutes when Rebecca Bassett blasted home from distance into the roof of the net to make Linfield comfortable at 5-3.
Glentoran Women's FC: McKinnon, Mulholland, Peachey, Milligan, Vance, McMaster (Maxwell 46) , Rogan, Caldwell, Bailie, White, Foy Unused subs: Gamble, Baxter
Portadown Ladies 1-13 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 26 September 2018
5-goal Caragh Milligan
Glentoran Women's FC defeated Portadown Ladies to take a step closer to securing the runners-up spot and consigning the Ports to the bottom after a testing season.
The Glens romped to a crushing victory and opened the scoring with only two minutes on the clock when Caragh Milligan netted after going one on one with Ports keeper Megan McCabe.
Only two minutes later Sarah Gamble got her name on the score sheet after firing home from six yards after a corner wasn't cleared.
With six minutes on the clock Portadown scored after a poor Glentoran clearance. Aisling McKenna superbly fired home from 35 yards to punish the goalkeeping error.
Glentoran didn't have to wait long to score their next goal, Rachel Rogan made it 3-1 when Joely Andrews cross found her at the back post.
Soon after Rogan scored her second when Danielle Maxwell cut the ball back perfectly for her to sweep home.
Glentoran kept the pressure on and where rampant going forward and Andrews scored the Glens next goal. Only a minute later Milligan scored another this time a back post finish coming from a Maxwell cross.
The goals kept coming for Glentoran and midway through the half Demi Vance hammered home into the bottom right corner. On twenty five minutes Milligan claimed her hat-trick after finishing well inside the area from a Demi Vance through ball.
Soon after Milligan scored yet again at the back post. On the half hour mark Glentoran netted another when Andrews shot was deflected into the Portadown net.
Star of the show Milligan scored another to record her fifth goal of the evening with Rogan then knocking home a right foot volley which sailed into the roof of the net.
After the break Glentoran kept the pressure on but had to settle for just one goal in the second half when Rogan went one on one and fired into the bottom right corner to record her fourth goal of the night.
Portadown Ladies: McCabe, Donaldson, Adamson, Hall, Hamill, McAllister, Kerr, Henderson, Silva, McKenna, Bolger subs L. Black (replaced McAllister 70), C. Black (replaced Hamill 46), Ashe (replaced McKenna 54), Clements (not used)
Glentoran Women's FC: McKinnon, Gamble, Foy, Milligan, Rogan, Milligan, Maxwell, Andrews, Vance, Caldwell, Bailie, White subs Baxter (Caldwell 46), McMaster (Bailie 46)
ELECTRIC IRELAND WOMEN'S IRISH CUP FINAL
Glentoran Women 2-1Ladies
Saturday 22 September 2018
Two almost identical goals in the final 10 minutes of the game helped Glentoran Women to deservedly win the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup this evening.
Makyla Mulholland twice produced powerful headed finishes from Demi Vance corners to ensure the Glens edged past champions elect Linfield Ladies 2-1 in the cup final at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
Linfield had opened the scoring on 61 minutes through Megan Bell but the Glens kept pressing and duly got their reward thanks to the contributions from two of their more experienced players.
On the balance of play Billy Clarke’s side deserved their record seventh Women’s Irish Cup success. Linfield, who are on the cusp of winning the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership crown, were stifled by the Glens, who harried and hassled them but also produced some flowing football.
Young Glens forward Caragh Milligan, who was the best player on the park, was constantly on the move and her strong running was a thorn in Linfield’s side throughout the match.
And it was Milligan who had the first decent effort of the game in the 13th minute, her snapshot drifting just wide of the upright.
Fellow Northern Ireland international Megan Bell was full of running for the Blues and she produced Linfield’s first shot, although her effort was straight at the keeper.
Kelly Bailie, who pocketed her seventh Women’s Irish Cup medal this evening, was a strong presence in midfield for the Glens alongside Nadene Caldwell and Vance.
On 26 minutes Vance shot high and wide after making a decent break and minutes later Milligan screwed an effort past the post.
Then Linfield’s Bell blasted the ball over the top before the Glens’ Bailie struck a sweet long range shot which went just wide of the upright.
In the 32nd minute Caldwell produced a great run from deep and fed Rachel Rogan but her shot was weak.
Moments later Linfield midfielder Chloe McCarron ran powerfully at the Glens backline but her shot drifted over the bar. And just before the break Bell produced a great run before scooping a drive wide of the mark.
The Glens were on the front foot after the restart and Bailie smashed a shot just over the top from long range.
Linfield, however, then enjoyed a purple patch which ended with them taking the lead.
McGuinness swung in a free-kick which evaded everyone and went inches wide of the post before a flowing move down the left flank ended with McCarron firing over the top.
Bell had an effort smothered by Glens keeper Ashleigh McKinnon on 60 minutes but just a minute later McGuinness found her on the edge of the area and Bell smashed the ball into the roof of the net to give the Blues the lead.
The Glens continued to pile forward, however. Another pinpoint Bailie delivery was pushed away by Linfield keeper Jamie-Lee Wilson, Glens captain Jessica Foy shot straight at the keeper after getting on the end of a Milligan cut-back and then a Bailie blaster from a free-kick was saved by the Linfield keeper with her feet.
The pressure from the east Belfast side paid off, however, in the 83rd minute when Mullholland rose powerfully to meet a great Vance delivery from a corner.
Minutes later Milligan’s angled drive nestled on the top of the Linfield net and then Caldwell fired a shot just over the top as the Glens went for the jugular.
In the 88th minute the Glens made it 2-1 with a goal almost identical to their first. Vance whipped the ball in from a corner and Mulholland headed what proved to be the winner home.
Glentoran Women: Ashleigh McKinnon, Yasmin White, Jessica Foy (captain), Aimee-Lee Peachey, Nadene Caldwell, Makyla Mulholland, Demi Vance, Rachel Rogan, Ali McMaster, Kelly Bailie, Caragh Milligan. Substitutes: (used) Danielle Maxwell, Sarah Gamble; (not used) Cleo Taggart, Joley Andrews, Suzanne Baxter.
Glentoran Women 4-0 Derry City Ladies
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Glentoran Women maintained their recent momentum by recording a 4-0 victory over Derry City Women in this evenings game at The Oval.
With regular goalkeepers Ashleigh McKinnon and Lauren Currie unavailable, Suzanne Baxter started in nets for the East Belfast side who have now leapfrogged Cliftonville Ladies into second place in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.
Glentoran had a good chance to take the lead in the 7th minute however the Derry City keeper produced a fine save to deny Kelly Bailie.
The opening goal for Glentoran came in the 16th minute as Ali McMaster scored after Joley Andrews played the ball across the goalmouth and McMaster was in the right place at the right time to score past the Derry City goalkeeper.
In the 28th minute good link up play between Rogan and Foy put the Northern Ireland player through on goal however her effort went just wide of the post.
Seven minutes later Caragh Milligan found herself all alone in the Derry City penalty area however she fired her shot just wide.
In the 41st minute McMaster turned her defender and unleashed a wicked left foot shot that went inches past the post.
Derry City’s first real chance of the game fell in the 42nd as a header from a corner went just over the bar.
The Glens ended the first half on the offensive with Rogan going close however her effort went agonising wide of the post.
Half time: Glentoran Women 1-0 Derry City Ladies
The first chance of the second half fell to Sarah Gamble who got on the end of a Kelly Bailie corner however the final effort went just past the post.
Glentoran’s first substitute of the game came in the 54th minute with Maxwell replacing McMaster.
Rogan made it 2-0 to the Glens in the 59th as a ball over the top evaded the Derry City defence and Rogan rounded the goalkeeper to slot the ball home.
The third Glentoran goal came six minutes later from the penalty spot after Milligan was fouled and up stepped Bailie to emphatically place the ball into the top right hand corner of the net leaving the Derry City with no chance.
Two substitutes within the space of six minutes saw Milligan and Peachy go off to be replaced by McKearney and Stanfield respectively.
In the 80th minute Bailie cut inside the defender and unleashed a curling effort that went inches wide with the keeper stranded.
Bailie was not to be denied her second goal of the night, once again from the penalty spot, after appeals for handball from the Glentoran players much to the annoyance of the Derry City players who felt that the ball struck the shoulder, rather than the hand. Bailie this time placed the spot kick into the opposite corner.
Final score: Glentoran Women 4-0 Derry City Ladies
Glentoran Women: Baxter, Milligan, Bailie, Gamble, White, Foy, Peachey, Caldwell, McMaster, Andrews, Rogan Subs: Maxwell, McKearney, Stanfield
Glentoran Women 1-0 Sion Swifts Ladies
Sunday 9 September 2018
Goalscorer Nadene Caldwell
Glentoran Women continued their recent good form with a one-goal defeat of Sion Swifts Ladies 1-0 at The Oval to open up a four point gap ahead of the visitors in third position.
Glentoran took advantage of the wind in their favour and put immediate pressure on the Sion defence with a series of corners. Kelly Bailie had a dangerous in swinging corner cleared of the line by Teresa Burns in the 11th minute.
Sion settled into the match and seemed content to hit Glentoran on the break and they almost created an opening in the 16th minute when Zoe McGlynn fed Michelle McDade on the right but her shot was off target.
Glentoran continued to dominate with Caragh Milligan prominent causing the Sion defence problems with her runs behind their defence.
Sion were conceding corners and from these Glentoran had several scoring chances cleared off the line. Sion had a scoring opportunity through Ebony Leckey at the opposite end when she failed to connect with a McGlade cross just before half time.
The visitors had the breeze behind them in the second half and started to put some pressure on the Glentoran goal.
Ashleigh McKinnon was called into action on a few occasions to make timely saves but, as the half progressed, Glentoran began to get control of the game again.
Rachel Rogan was sent through in the 58th min by Kelly Bailie and it took a diving save from the visiting goalkeeper to prevent the Glens taking the lead.
However, in the 67th minute, Glentoran got their noses in front through a pinpoint free-kick by Nadene Caldwell which flew into the top corner for what proved to be the only goal of the game.
We are now in third place, two points behind Cliftonville with a game in hand and four clear of Sion Swifts, also with a game in hand over them.
Glentoran Womens FC: McKinnon, Milligan, White, Mulholland, Foy, Caldwell, Peachey, Maxwell, McMaster, Taggart, Bailie subs Rogan (Taggart 46), McKearney (not used), Baxter (not used), Andrews (McMaster 46), Gamble (Maxwell 77)
Cliftonville Ladies 2 - 3 Glentoran Women
Sunday 26 August 2018
Cleo Neece Taggart Makyla Mulholland
Cliftonville Ladies' title hopes were dealt a blow with this 3-2 defeat to Glentoran Women's FC in a tight encounter at Rathmore Grammar School.
The win for Glentoran now sees them just one point behind Cliftonville.
Glentoran dominated the early stages of the match with sustained attacks but found Caoimhe Callaghan in the Cliftonville goal in excellent form.
Cleo-Neece Taggart might have opened the scoring after ten minutes when she found herself in the clear with only Callaghan to beat but decided to pass and the chance was gone.
But Taggart redeemed herself midway through the first half to open the scoring by slipping the ball past Callaghan after being played through by Nadene Caldwell.
Cliftonville then had chances but despite testing keeper Ashleigh McKinnon the visitors couldn't get on the scoresheet.
Glentoran doubled their lead three minutes before the break from a deep corner headed back into the six-yard area by Makyla Mulholland for Danielle Maxwell to apply a deft finish.
Early in the second half Cliftonville put the Glens under a sustained period of pressure. This paid off when Marissa Callaghan broke clear on the left and fed the ball across goal for Amber Dempster to score after being the offside trap.
Then, 20 minutes after that, Cliftonville levelled through Niamh Connolly who finished off a Callaghan header from a corner.
Glentoran went onto the attack and were almost awarded when an Joely Andrews effort was well saved by Callaghan.
Their pressure eventually told in the closing moments when a Mullholland free kick deceived Callaghan at the back post for what proved to be the winner.
In a frantic end to the game Cliftonville pushed for the equaliser but Glentoran claimed all three points.
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, Peachey, Bailie, Foy, Caldwell, Mulholland, White, Taggart, Maxwell, McMaster, Milligan subs Currie (not used), Andrews (replaced McMaster 21), Gamble (replaced Maxwell 71), McKearney (replaced Taggart 88), Baxter (not used)
ELECTRIC IRELAND WOMEN'S CHALLENGE CUP SEMI FINAL
Glentoran Women 5 - 1 Cliftonville Ladies
Saturday 18 August 2018
Glentoran Women's FC produced a five-star performance to power past Cliftonville Ladies in the Electric Ireland Women's Challenge Cup semi-final at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Ali McMaster opened the scoring for Glentoran in the 6th minute following a corner to the back post when she headed the ball past Callaghan in the Cliftonville goal. Glentoran continued to press Cliftonville back dominating the midfield through Caldwell and Kelly.
The pressure paid off in the 20th minute. A deep right wing cross from White was met at the back post again by McMaster with a vicious shot into the roof of the net to double Glentoran’s lead. Cliftonville didn't let their heads drop and began to ask questions of Glentoran’s defence with a few shots and crosses causing them some anxious moments. Cliftonville eventually pulled a goal back in the 42nd minute when Niamh Connolly side-footed home a right wing cross from inside the six yard box.
This goal proved to be a wake up call for Glentoran. On the stroke of half-time Caragh Milligan outpaced the Cliftonville defence to slot home a right foot drive across Callaghan into the left corner to restore Glentoran’s two goal advantage.
Glentoran started the second half as they finished the first on the front foot forcing Cliftonville into defensive errors. It wasn’t long before they had added to their lead. Good inter play on their left put Jess Foy free behind the Cliftonville defence and her delicate chip found Rachel Rogan in space at the front post to score with a neatly headed 4th goal for Glentoran after 56 mins.
The game ebbed and flowed with Cliftonville trying making big strides to get themselves back into the match. They almost succeeded in 66th minute as Billy Simpson let fly from 25yards only for McKinnon to make an excellent diving save and push the ball over the bar for a corner. The corner caused momentary panic in the Glentoran defence as a Simpson header was cleared off the line and a shot was blocked by Caldwell and cleared by Peachey.
As the match moved into the final 10 minutes Glentoran stretched their lead with a 5th goal from another near post Rogan header to complete the scoring.
On the night Glentoran ran out worthy 5 -1 winners and can now look forward to meeting Linfield in the Final on Saturday 22nd September at The National Stadium at Windsor Park.
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, Milligan, Foy, McMaster, Peachey, White, Caldwell, Maxwell, Rogan, Kelly, Bailie. Subs Curry, Taggart (replaced Maxwell 45), Baxter, McKearney.
PhotoS by AM Photography NI
Crusaders Strikers 0 - 5 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 15 August 2018
PhotoS by AM Photography NI
Glentoran Women's leapfrogged Crusaders Strikers into third spot with a five-goal victory at Seaview.
The first half started off as an event contest, with Courtney Moore and Demi Vance coming close to scoring for either side.
Glentoran moved in front on 18 minutes were awarded a penalty on the half hour, Grace Murray was adjudged to have handled the ball blocking a shot, with Vance stepping up to place the ball beyond Maddy Harvey-Clifford’s reach.
It was 2-0 ten minutes before the break, the speedy Caragh Milligan continued her fine goal scoring form getting in behind the Crues' defence down the left hand side, before unleashing a powerful shot high into the net.
Crusaders came out straight away in the second half committing players forward but were caught in the first few minutes on the counter attack with Milligan again getting in down the left hand side, her ball into the box was latched on to by Ali McMaster who put her side 3-0 ahead.
Crusaders substitute Nadine Murphy forced some fine saves from the visiting keeper Ashleigh McKinnon midway through the half after some good link up play between Emily Wilson and Chloe Archibald down the right hand side.
McKinnon pulled off her second good save in succession from the resulting corner, Heather Mearns hitting her shot on the turn from inside the box forcing the save.
Glentoran grabbed their fourth with Aimee Lee Peachey’s deflected effort off Grace Murray finding the net.
Nadene Caldwell rounded off the scoring with moments to go, arriving late in the box to latch on to a driven cross from the right hand side to seal a fantastic victory for Glentoran.
Glentoran Women's FC: McKinnon, White, Milligan, Foy, Peachey, Vance, Caldwell, Kelly, Rogan, Bailie, McMaster subs Currie (replaced Kelly 81), Gamble (not used), Maxwell (replaced Rogan 67), Taggart (not used)
Glentoran Women 11 - 0 Portadown Ladies
Wednesday 1 August 2018
Four goal Caragh Milligan
Glentoran Womens FC defeated Portadown Ladies 11-0 at the Oval to move into fourth position in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership.
The Glentoran scoring started early through Caragh Milligan on 14 minutes with a low hard strike from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.
Makyla Mulholland then doubled the lead when a Glentoran corner from the right wing wasn't properly cleared, Kelly Bailie passed to Mulholland who fired into the top right corner.
Milligan made it 3-0 when she was played through by Bailie and fired hard and low past Courtney Adamson in the Portadown goal who was well worked throughout the night.
The goals where coming from all areas of the pitch for Glentoran. Bailie was next to find the net when Demi Vance's effort was only parried into her path to score from close range.
Nadene Caldwell was next to score shortly before half time with a header from a cross delivered from the left.
Milligan completed her hat-trick moments later when she picked up possession on the half way line and beat all in her path to put Glentoran 6-0 up at the break.
After the interval the Glens picked up where they left off with Milligan scoring her fourth not long after the hour mark.
Ali McMaster was next to trouble the scoresheet when she fired in the bottom left when the Portadown defence didn't clear with substitute Samantha Kelly following up soon after with a rifled 12-yard finish into the roof of the net.
Caldwell then made it a perfect 10-0 when her thunderbolt effort flew into the top right corner from the edge of the area in the 80th minute, while Jess Foy completed the scoring with a classy finish towards the end after being played clear by Vance.
Glentoran Womens FC: Currie, Bailie, Foy, Peachey, Caldwell, Vance, Mulholland, McKearney, McMaster, Milligan, Rogan subs McKinnon (not used), Kelly (replaced Mulholland 46), Gamble (replaced McKearney 64), Andrews (replaced Rogan 64)
Cliftonville Ladies 1 - 0 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 1 August 2018
Cliftonville Ladies defeated Glentoran Women's FC 1-0 at Solitude in a tight encounter that keeps the Reds in second place.
This was the first meeting between these sides after the previous meeting was re-arranged due to international call-ups.
Both teams started well but it was Glentoran that had the best of the chances in the first half when Rachel Rogan came close to opening the scoring with a one-on-one with Caoimhe Callaghan who done well to come off her line and block.
But, despite both teams battling hard until half time, no other clear-cut chances were created.
After the break the opportunities were few and far between until Niamh Connolly opened the scoring in the 53rd minute for the Reds.
Glentoran searched for the equaliser however Cliftonville were solid in defence defending shots from Kellie Bailie who was proving to be Glentoran's chief threat.
Callaghan performed well in the Cliftonville goal earning her second consecutive cleansheet to earn a well deserved win for Cliftonville.
Glentoran Womens FC: McKinnon, Milligan, Foy, Mulholland, Bailie, Caldwell, McMaster, Taggart, Rogan, Vance, Peachey subs Currie (replaced McKinnon 46), Kelly (replaced Taggart 53), McKearney (not used), Maxwell (replaced McMaster 67)
Derry City Ladies 0 - 5 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 25 July 2018
Glentoran Women easily defeated Derry City Ladies at the Brandywell to move to within three points of second place in the Dankse Bank Women's Premiership.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when midfielder Demi Vance picked up the ball on the edge of the area to fire low and hard into the bottom left corner.
After the interval Glentoran picked up where they left off and hemmed City into their own half winning a series of corners. The Glens doubled their lead in the 50th minute with a goal from Caragh Milligan.
The East Belfast side were then awarded a penalty and Ali McMaster scored with a powerful finish into the bottom left corner. The one way traffic continued when Makyla Mulholland's back post header made it 4-0.
A great long range effort from Kelly Ballie thundered against the Derry woodwork as Glentoran hunted for more goals before, with five minutes left, Jess Foy completed the scoring for the visitors.
Glentoran Womens FC: McKinnon, Bailie, Vance, Rogan, McMaster, Mulholland, White, Foy, Taggart, Milligan, Peachey subs McKearney (replaced Taggart 72), Gamble (not used)
Sion Swifts Ladies 2 - 2 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 5 July 2018
Glentoran Women sealed a valuable point away to Sion Swifts Ladies in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership, thanks to Rachel Rogan.
Sion lost Moya Feehan after just 20 minutes as she stretched to get onto the end of a Chloe McGlade cross and injuring her knee in the process and had to be stretchered off the pitch.
With little between the teams it was the replacement Hannah Ward who finished off a superb three player move by swooping to lift the ball over the Lauren Currie in the Glentoran goal mid-way through the first half to put the Swifts a goal to the good.
Glentoran Women responded well as Sarah Connolly levelled the scoring in the 38th minute from a set play as she headed in.
Sion started the second half with a renewed enthusiasm and deservedly took the lead when the excellent Chloe McGlade struck at the far post after a fantastic run and cross from Zoe McGlynn.
Glentoran Women were soon down to ten players following Nadine Caldwell's red card on 71 minutes.
The following 15 minutes should have allowed Sion Swifts to go further ahead, with gilt edged chances coming for Chloe McGlade, Michelle McDaid, Tyler Toland and Claragh Connor all going close to giving Sion the lead again.
With two minutes left on the clock Glentoran won possession in midfield and broke quickly with a cross from the right causing confusion in the Swifts six yard box and eventually being scrambled home by the prolific Rachel Rogan.
Deep in added time Glentoran came very close to winning when another set piece was eventually cleared off the line by Kendra McMullan to leave both teams with a share of the points.
Glentoran Women's FC: Currie, McMaster, White, Foy, Mulholland, Milligan, Rogan, Connolly, Vance, Caldwell, Andrews subs McKinnon (not used), Gamble (replaced Andrews 64)
Crusaders Strikers 0 - 2 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 20 June 2018
Glentoran Overcome the League Leaders in a Dominating Display
Glentoran got off to a flying start after 3 minutes, with Demi Vance bursting down the left before putting the ball on the end of Rachel Rogan’s Toe to steer past the helpless crusaders goalkeeper. Crusaders forced a great save from Currie in the Glentoran Goal after 6 minutes, a free kick came into the box and Crusaders player got on the end of it and flicked it towards Currie who had to palm over.
The rest of the first half was largely played in the Crusaders Defensive third, twice the ball was flashed across the area looking for a telling touch that no-one in a green and black shirt could get on to double the lead. Then disaster almost Struck as a Crusaders Defender tried to clear under pressure sending the ball agonisingly towards the top corner of her own net.
Great work from Milligan down the right before pulling back to the edge of the box for Vance to have a shot which was well blocked by the Crusaders Captain. Crusaders had their first clear chance on 34 minutes when Moore burst through the Glentoran Defence and tried to dink the ball past and on rushing Currie only for the ball to drift wide of the left hand post.
The Second Half was a very cagey affair with few chances. After a number of Ricochets in the Box Ali McMaster took control and Slammed the ball into the back of the net to give Glentoran the 3 points and hope for the title race ahead. Glentoran have far from hit the heights they know they are capable of but they are certainly getting there.
Glentoran Women FC: Lauren Currie, Makyla Mulholland, Jessica Foy, Kelly Bailie, Samantha Kelly, Demi Vance, Jasmin White, Caragh Milligan, Rachel Rogan, Nadene Caldwell, Sarah Connolly. Subs: Ali McMaster (Connolly 65), Cleo Neece Taggart (Rogan 81)
Portadown Ladies 0 - 9 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Glentoran Women FC hit nine without reply past Portadown Ladies at Shamrock Park, in a game played in challenging conditions as Storm Hector approached.
Both teams got off to a good start with some fantastic football but it was a piece of class from Demi Vance from 25 yards that broke the deadlock in the 20th minute for Glentoran.
Portadown quickly picked themselves up and, just moments later, they got a free-kick 30 yards out but Rachel Kerr put the ball wide with no pressure on the Lauren Currie in the Glens' goal.
In the 38th minute a great ball through put Caragh Milligan one-on-one with the keeper and she slotted the ball in the far corner of the net to double Glentoran's lead.
Glentoran immediately went on the attack again and another world class save by Megan McCabe in the home goal denied Rachel Rogan. The third goal came on 44 minutes when Milligan played Sarah Connolly through to place the ball in the back of the net.
With half time approaching, Portadown had a mishap when Niamh Ruddy turned the ball into her own net for Glentoran's fourth.
And with four additional minutes played at the end of the first half the referee awarded a penalty to Glentoran, with Vance stepping up to put the ball away for number five.
The scoring continued after the break. Milligan was played into position by Joely Andrews on the hour to make it 6-0, not long before Rogan added a seventh.
Connolly then doubled her tally on 65 minutes before, with five minutes remaining, Yasmin White completed the scoring with a header from a corner.
Glentoran Women FC: Lauren Currie, Yasmin White, Makyla Mulholland, Jessica Foy, Joely Andrews, Demi Vance, Nadene Caldwell, Samantha Kelly, Rachel Rogan, Carragh Milligan, Sarah Connolly subs Ashleigh McKinnon (Currie 46), Danielle Maxwell (Andrews 77), Boglarka Nyuzo (Connolly 65)
Glentoran Women 1-2 Linfield Ladies
Wednesday 30 May 2018
Glentoran will feel like they deserved more from the game, on the night they just came up against a Linfield team who know how to win ugly. Linfield largely dominated the possession in the first half but didn’t look particularly threatening apart from the great goal by Robson, good work down the left resulted in Robson getting her left foot on the ball and sending it looping over the head of Currie in nets.
In the second half the Glens found their rhythm and largely dominated the play, they hit the cross bar, mulligan, Rogan and Mcmaster all missed good chances. The equaliser did come on 60 minutes when a high hanging corner met Bailie at the back post she headed it across the box where McMaster headed it goal wards only for Rogan to make sure it went in.
After that it seemed Glentoran were in the ascendancy, McMaster with another great chance from 12 yards but in two minds whether to shoot first time or try beat a defender and unfortunately for her couldn’t find the net. Glentoran pressed for the winner however a lapse in concentration allowed McCarron to pick up the ball on the half way line and drive through a non-existent midfield to have a shot from 30 yards. Currie tried to get her finger tips to the ball but it wasn’t to be, the ball cannoning off the upright and into the back of the net.
Linfield could have been down to 10 women in the 85th Minute when it appeared a Glentoran player got an elbow to the face, but the referee was having none of it as Linfield now face Cliftonville in the final.
Team: 22 Lauren Currie, 21 Kelly Baillie, 7 Makyla Mulholland. 23 Sarah Gamble, 15 Samantha Kelly, 9 Rachel Rogan, 8 Demi Vance, 10 Alison McMaster, 6 Nadene Caldwell, 12 Caragh Milligan, 3 Jessica Foy Subs: 19 Sarah Connolly, 5 Beglarka Nyuzo, 4 Eadaoin Ni Chiarrain, 1 Ashleigh McKinnon
Glentoran Women 5-1 Derry City Ladies
Wednesday 23 May 2018
Derry City made the long trip to East Belfast on a sunny Wednesday Night for their game against Glentoran Women. Derry City, a new team to the league, gave Glentoran the early initiative and never really got it back. Glentoran Started like a house on fire and were two nil up within 7 minutes as Kelly Bailie strode through the middle of the Derry defence unchallenged to finish past the helpless keeper. Second goal came courtesy of a deflection from a Derry player after great down the left by Glentoran.
The game fell flat for 20 minutes as Glentoran tried to consolidate the lead and Derry tried to get themselves going. A few saves from either keeper kept the score at two nil until the 30 minute mark when a bullet header from Mulholland increased Glentoran’s lead. She rose highest at the back post to score her first league goal of the season.
Aoife Lennon added a 4th 2 minutes later when she challenged the Derry City goalkeeper when she fumbled a cross. Unfortunately for the keeper, Lennon got her foot in first and knocked the ball into the empty net.
The second half was a pretty subdued affair with both teams seemingly happy to close up shop and take what they had. Rachel Rogan added a 5th 5 minutes before the Derry City forward scored the best goal of the game. The ball bounced out to about 25 yards and she struck it beautifully into the top left corner of the net.
A night where Glentoran got the job done early and were able to relax. After scoring 17 goals in the last two games they go into the cup game next week full of confidence.
Glentoran Women 12-0 Portadown Ladies
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Four goal Demi Vance
Glentoran Women powered through to the League Cup semi-final courtesy of a 12-goal thrashing of Portadown Ladies at Ashfield Boys School.
The Glens started with a goal from Demi Vance on eight minutes and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Aoife Lennon doubled the lead in the 11th minute before Vance made it 3-0 on 17 minutes with a long range strike from a tight angle inside the area after a lovely exchange with Ali McMaster.
Courtney Adamson put the ball into her own net on 22 minutes to extend Glentoran's advantage, as did Nichole Duffy six minutes after that.
After the break the scoring continued, Lennon got on the scoresheet again on 47 minutes, with Vance adding to her tally soon after finishing off a flowing move involving Sarah Gamble.
Vance scored her fourth of the evening in the 55th minute to make it 8-0 before, on 63 minutes, Ali McMaster knocked home a ninth.
Playing with confidence, Glentoran found the net regularly with Rachel Rogan grabbing a double before Danielle Maxwell completed the scoring with a couple of minutes remaining.
Glentoran: Currie, White, Bailie, Andrews, Gamble, Caldwell, Milligan, Lennon, Rogan, McMaster, Vance subs Connolly (replaced Caldwell 64), Maxwell (replaced Rogan 71), Nyuzo (replaced Andrews 55)
Glentoran Women 2-2 Sion Swifts
Wednesday 2 May 2018
Two games, two draws at The Oval so far this season for Glentoran Women.
Both teams showed their character on the night, Sion Swifts battled back from going a goal down on 35 minutes. Ali McMaster took her goal really well with a left foot finish after the ball bobbling around in the box. Sion Swifts scored three minutes later from the penalty spot. The penalty given against the Glentoran defender looked extremely unlucky on first viewing.
Seven minutes later Sion Swifts were in front and this time a great finish by the Swifts striker, left footed across the goalkeeper at the Sydenham End. Not a lot happened in the second half both teams tried to get into a rhythm but wasn’t to be. Glentoran threw everything into the final few minutes and got their rewards, Aoife Lennon eventually bundling the ball over the line in the 90th minute.
Glentoran: 1) Ashleigh McKinnon 3) Jessica Foy 6) Nadene Caldwell 7) Makyla Mulholland 8) Demi Vance 9) Rachel Rogan 10) Ali McMaster 12) Caragh Milligan 16) Clara Forbes 21) Kelly Bailie 25) Aoife Lennon
Subs: 2) Yasmin White 4) Eadaoin Ni Chiarrain 5) Boglarka Nyuzo 11) Cleo Taggart 23) Sarah Gamble
Glentoran Women 0 - 0 Crusaders Strikers
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Glentoran will feel aggrieved not to come away with the three points on the opening day of the Danske Bank Women;'s Premiership campaign. They dominated from start to finish and their back four and keeper were rarely troubled. The Glentoran Players seemed to relish the opportunity to get the ball wide on the big Oval pitch, Samantha Kelly and Demi Vance caused havoc in the first half and were both unlucky not to put the ball in the net.
Crusaders will be happy with their defensive display but will hope to create more chances in future games. Glentoran on the whole will be happy with their nights work but will have to put it down to just ‘One of those Nights’ in front of goal.
Before the match our new signing Apife Lennon was ruled out as her international clearance from her previous club in New Zwaland has not completed.
Glentoran: 1) Ashleigh McKinnon 2) Yasmin White 3) Jessica Foy 6) Nadene Caldwell 7) Makyla Mulholland 8) Demi Vance 9) Rachel Rogan 15) Sam Kelly 16) Clara Forbes21) Kelly Bailie 44) Kate Flood
Subs - 4) Eadaoin Ni Chiarrain 10) Ali McMaster 17) Kerry Eddis 23) Sarah Gamble
2018 Season NIFL Womens Premiership Fixtures Announced
Great Night at Glentoran Women Awards Event
Glentoran BU held their Annual Awards Night this week at the Ramada Encore Hotel in Belfast.
This was a significant occasion as it was our first joint awards night with our U17/19 teams. There was a excellent attendance of players and their parents who enjoyed the excellent food and the presentation of awards. Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the NIWFA League Trophy and medals to our outstanding U19 Team
Congratulations to all of the award winners and a big thanks all of our players for their attendance at training and matches. Not forgetting our parents for their support during the season with driving to and from training and matches.
Finally, many thanks to all of our coaching staff for their dedication, commitment, time and patience during the year.
The U19 squad with their League Championship trophy.
Senior Players Sam Kelly (Player of the Year) and Rachel Rogan (Top Scorer) with their awards.
Senior Player Kerry Eddis with her two awards - Young Player of the Year and Most Improved Senior Player.
Under 19 Players Joely Andrews (U19 Player of the Year) and Naomi Burns & Olivia Marshall (Joint Winners, U19 Most Improved Player).
Under 19 players Aimee Lee Peachey (U19 Coaches Player of the Year) and Kerry Beattie (Leading U19 Goalscorer)
Full List of Award Winners
Personality of the Year Nadene Caldwell
U19 Most Improved Player Naomi Burns / Olivia Marshall
Senior Most Improved Player Kerry Eddis
U19 Leading Goalscorer Kerry Beattie
Senior Leading Goalscorer Rachel Rogan
U19 Coaches Player of the Year Aimee Lee Peachey
Senior Coaches Player of the Year Makyla Mulholland
Young Player of the Year Kerry Eddis
U19 Player of the Year Joely Andrews
Senior Player of the Year Samantha Kelly
Saturday 28th October
Rosario U11 V Glentoran U11
With only squeezing in one training session in the the last two weeks with games and training being cancelled due to the recent bad weather, the lack of game time or training was not evident at all. Once the whistle blew at Ulidia Playing Fields, our girls knew exactly what to do. Our girls kept pushing forward relentlessly and this paid off with an early goal. As the game progressed our girls made use of all positions, goalkeeping in safe hands, defence was rock solid and the midfield made use of their areas spreading the ball about creating chances from the middle or using the width to enable our forwards to make use of these chances.
Our goals today came from - Elle (2), Holly (2), Faith, Tilly1, Becky 1
Special mention to 2 of our girls Faith and Lauren who took flying balls to the chest and face, both girls showed their grit and determination to win by shaking it off and continuing with the game.
A big thank you again to Rosario Girls for giving us another tough game.
20th October 2017
Glentoran U17 v St Oliver Plunkett
⭐️Player of the Match Kerry Beattie⭐️
Glentoran U17s started their league campaign with a convincing win over St Oliver Plunkett tonight! The game was played in miserable conditions but this didn’t stop the Glens girls playing great football!
Goals from Sophie, Kerry, Bethany, Caitlin, Joely, Leah and Katie secured the win for the girls! Well done and a great start!
19th October 2017
Some of the Glentoran U15s have been representing their respective schools in the IFA Futsal Tournaments over the past number of weeks! Today we had Aimee and Leah (Parkhall Integrated College), Madison (Abbey Community College) and Kacey (Glengormley High School). The girls have represented their clubs and schools well playing great football in a competitive and fun environment!
14th October 2017
Crusaders 1 v 2 Glentoran U15
⭐️ Player of the Match-Laura ⭐️
Our U15s travelled to V36 to take on Crusaders tonight in an expected tough game! The game finished 2-1 to Glentoran with the winner from Leah McAdorey! The girls put on a great defensive display after starting the game on top! Well done U15s!
10th October 2017
NIWFA Player of the Year Award for U19 Joely
The u19s continue to impress! After going through the league unbeaten this year and picking up the league trophy last Saturday night, captain Joely Andrews picked up an individual award at the NIWFA Awards Dinner as U19 League Player of the Year as voted by other clubs in the league! This is a well deserved achievement from Joely who has shown leadership and quality at both Glentoran and Northern Ireland over the last year! The club are extremely proud of Joely and our u19 team as they have worked together to gain some well deserved recognition!