Match Reports and Highlights
Match Reports and Highlights
Sion Swifts 2-1 Glentoran Women
Sunday 27th June 2021
Glentoran Women missed the chance to return to the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership following a surprise 2-1 defeat at Sion Swifts Ladies.
Teegan Lynch opened the scoring just before the break for the hosts and Aimee Neal added a second just after the hour mark.
Kerry Beattie gave champions Glentoran hope with five minutes remaining - remarkably her eighth goal against Sion in three appearances this season - but it was not enough for the Glens.
Sion took the lead when Neal’s header from a corner crashed against the bar but Lynch was there to score on the rebound.
Neal’s glancing header made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute and Beattie’s late consolation goal was not enough.
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 6. Nadene Caldwell (captain) 9. Rachel Rogan 10. Alison McMaster 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 24. Lauren Wade 27. Shannon Dunne 28. Casey Howe subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon (not used), 3. Rachel Dennison (not used), 14. McKearney (replaced Rogan 46) 31. Jessica Foy (not used) 37. Anna Whibley (not used)
Crusaders Strikers 1-2 Glentoran Women
Sunday 27th June 2021
Winning scorer Casey Howe
Casey Howe struck a dramatic late winner for league leaders Glentoran Women to secure a hard-fought win at Crusaders Strikers.
Kerry Beattie’s opener was cancelled out by an Amy McGivern equaliser for the hosts but Howe - a close-season addition from rivals Linfield - won the game late on.
The home side’s striker Emily Wilson and Beattie of the Glens had the best chances in a first half which was contested by two evenly-matched sides.
Beattie gave the Glens the lead with a calm finish shortly after the break but McGivern headed home Kirsty Cameron’s cross to level the score.
Howe then netted a fine individual goal late on, picking up the ball on the flank and cutting inside to fire home from just outside the box.
Champions Glentoran are now four points clear of Cliftonville at the top of the standings, but the Reds have two games in hand.
Glentoran Women:30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 6. Nadene Caldwell (captain) 10. Alison McMaster 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 22. Cara Mervyn 24. Lauren Wade 27. Shannon Dunne Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 3. Rachel Dennison 9. Rachel Rogan 14. Jenna McKearney 28. Casey Howe (for McMaster, 63).
Glentoran Women 4-1 Cliftonville Ladies
Wednesday 23rd June 2021
A commanding performance and a convincing victory on Wednesday evening back at the Ashfield Arena took Glentoran Women to the top of the Dankse Bank Women’s Premiership table for the first time this season. Two goals apiece for strikers Kerry Beattie and Lauren Wade ensured that Stephen Murray’s side claimed all three points to leapfrog the Solitude outfit and lead the title race by a single point.
Both sides came into the game on the back of fine respective form in recent weeks. With influential captain Jess Foy still recovering from a ligament tear, Cara Mervyn retained her place at left back following an impressive contribution in last week’s win against Linfield Ladies. Shannon Dunne also claimed a starting place once again alongside club stalwart Kelly Bailie in central defence. A strong Cliftonville line-up included international captain Marissa Callaghan and ex-Glentoran full-back Yasmine White as well as recent close season acquisitions Louise McDaniel and the prolific McGuinness sisters, Kirsty and Caitlin. Both sides began with eager intent with chances at either end, an Andrews drive from distance that didn’t trouble Rachel Nornie in the Reds’ goal and a Fi Morgan header at the opposite end that just evaded the Glentoran crossbar. On 8 minutes a good cross from Beattie after clean approach play in the final third from the home side just failed to find Lauren Wade arriving late at the back post. The physical dimension to the contest became apparent on twelve minutes when a strong tackle from Fi Morgan on Sam Kelly in midfield was adjudged too aggressive; just a word and no caution at this early stage of the game from referee Louise Thompson. Glentoran began to take control in central areas with good movement on and off the ball and clear patterns of play emerging. A sustained period of intense pressure produced panic in the Reds’ defence as Lauren Wade’s well struck shot cannoned off Finnegan, the home side putting the Cliftonville rear-guard to the sternest of tests. Glentoran’s high intensity play was epitomised by midfield star Nadene Caldwell whose constant chasing, tackling and well-timed interceptions prevented Callaghan and McDaniel from gaining a foothold in the game. The breakthrough finally came on 22 minutes when the tigerish Sam Kelly chased what seemed like a lost cause deep into the opponents’ half to dispossess the hesitant Morgan and cut back for Beattie whose attempt on goal was blocked before breaking to Wade who finished with a low drive into the net. Five minutes later, a handball offence inside the area gave referee Louise Thompson no choice but to award a spot kick. Beattie coolly dispatched to double her side’s lead.
With the home side clearly on top now, Beattie wasted no time from the Reds’ kick-off with a smart steal from Callaghan to feed Maxwell on the edge of the centre circle. As Maxwell continued her run down the right channel evading tackle after tackle, she showed great awareness to once again pick out the advancing Beattie who really should have extended the Glens’ lead only to see her shot strike the bar. With the Glens very well aware of the slender advantage of the 2-0 score-line and the potential psychological impact of a swift Reds riposte similar to that which led to the Solitude defeat earlier in the season, it was no surprise that home side sought to further extend the lead before the half-time whistle. Despite a blatant tug on Maxwell’s shirt, preventing her advance on goal on 41 minutes, and which remarkably went unpunished by the officials, the Glens chose to keep piling on the pressure. Sure enough, the third goal came on 42 minutes with Lauren Wade finding the net following a Beattie cross from the left flank. As the eventful half drew to a close Reds captain Callaghan led by example trying to rally her teammates into a quick response with a penetrating run deep into the Glens’ half that was dealt with well by the impressive Annie Timoney at full-back.
Half-time Glentoran Women 3-0 Cliftonville Ladies
As the second half got underway it was clear to everyone watching that the Glentoran approach was to avoid conceding. With attack often considered the best form of defence, Nadene Caldwell drove her troops on releasing Kelly and Andrews in quick succession, the latter forcing a fine save. Three consecutive corners signalled the home side’s intent. Then, a steal from Caldwell was followed by a quick pass to Andrews whose diagonal through-ball led to a Wade attempt on goal. A swift Reds attack on 53 called defender Shannon Dunne into action, alert as ever making a great covering tackle to avert the danger. Credit to the away side for trying to force the Glens into making defensive errors in an attempt to increase the pressure on Burns’ goal. Quite simply, the back four did not want to concede anything. Special mention again this week goes to the emerging Cara Mervyn whose fearless attitude and composure on the ball won her many plaudits in the post-match punditry. Erin Montgomery replaced Louise McDaniel for the away side on 60 minutes, fresh legs for the last half hour. The Glens followed suit with Ali McMaster replacing Sam Kelly soon afterwards. The impact was immediate with McMaster forcing a corner just seconds into the action, crossing into the box soon after and then back defending deep in her own penalty box, all within minutes of her introduction to the action. Glentoran struck the bar for the second time in the game on 75 minutes, a glorious chance for Maxwell to open her account for the evening with a clean strike that rebounded firmly off the crossbar. Maxwell eventually made way for striker Rachel Rogan on 78 minutes as Beattie dropped back into midfield and McMaster occupied the right flank for the remainder of the contest. Cliftonville gave themselves a lifeline on 79 after fine play from McGuinness allowed Callaghan to convert to reduce the deficit. A disputed disallowed goal from Wade after a clever ball from Andrews was quickly forgotten, however, as Rogan’s perfect cut-back allowed Beattie to take the ball in her stride just minutes after, jink past a defender and rifle the ball into the net to complete the rout for the rampant Glens.
What a performance! Focused throughout and disciplined in their respective roles, the players in green, red and black finished the game very worthy winners. A quick turnaround means a trip to Seaview on Sunday to take on a well organised Crusaders outfit in what is traditionally a very close contest between two sides with distinctly different styles. Let’s go again, Glens!
Glentoran Women:30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 6. Nadene Caldwell (captain) 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 22. Cara Mervyn 24. Lauren Wade 27. Shannon Dunne Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 9. Rachel Rogan (for Maxwell) 10. Ali McMaster (for Kelly) 14. Jenna McKearney 28. Casey Howe
Glentoran Women 4-1 Sion Swifts
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
The resumption of the Women’s Premiership programme following the international break saw Glentoran Women continue their fine recent form by cruising to a 3-0 victory over cross city rivals Linfield at the Ashfield Arena on Wednesday evening. With Jess Foy side-lined through injury, seventeen year-old Cara Mervyn stepped up from the U19 squad to deputise at left-back with an excellent performance full of assurance despite inexperience at the top level. Danielle Maxwell also returned to the starting XI and international midfield star Nadene Caldwell took the captain’s armband for the evening.
A quiet start to the game saw both sides aim to settle in to their respective rhythms of play. The first action of note came on eight minutes when a speculative effort from Sam Kelly narrowly missed the target. Not long after, Linfield broke down the left and McKenna’s low drive was comfortably held by Jacqueline Burns in the Glentoran goal. Burns seemed intent on quick distribution in the early stages attempting to find Wade and Maxwell both of whom looked lively and keen to test the Linfield full-backs. The Glens were beginning to enjoy the lion’s share of possession with a further goal-bound effort from Kelly on 15 that didn’t test Adams in the Linfield goal. A Shannon Dunne foul on Alyson Smyth led to a well struck Linfield free kick on twenty minutes that was well claimed by Burns. Wade and Andrews began to link well in the final third forcing consecutive corners that were easily dealt with by Adams once again. Kerry Beattie’s much improved hold-up play was a dominant feature of the half bringing others into the game and allowing the Glens midfield to break the lines on occasions. Indeed, it was Beattie herself who carved a good opening for herself in the thirty-sixth minute only to see her shot blaze over the bar. A few minutes later Beattie played in Lauren Wade who shot disappointingly into the side netting from a decent angle from which to convert. A late Andrews run from deep just prior to the final whistle drew a foul just outside the area leading to a Bailie direct free-kick well saved by Adams.
Half-time Glentoran Women 0- 0 Linfield Ladies
Glentoran began the second period in determined mood in the knowledge that only a win would suffice in order to move closer to leaders Cliftonville whose game against Crusaders had been rescheduled for later in the season. As Linfield tried to play out from the back a coordinated Glens press forced a McKenna back pass error which Beattie exploited to coolly slot past Adams to give the home side an early second half lead in the forty-eighth minute. Ten minutes later Wade got away down the left, squared the ball to Maxwell on the edge of the area from where a perfectly cushioned pass back inside found Kelly whose well placed strike evaded Adams in the Linfield goal to double the Glens’ lead. Manager Stephen Murray introduced Ali McMaster on the hour to provide fresh legs as the hardworking Kelly made way after another battling performance. Rather than sit back and protect the two-goal the Glens continued to build attacks late in the second half as full-backs Cara Mervyn and Annie Timoney continued work the flanks. Wade, still keen to be involved in everything in the final third, worked to create a shooting opportunity on seventy-two minutes that produced a fine Adams stop. Linfield also worked hard to create goalscoring opportunities as they attempted to reduce the deficit. Indeed, a clear opportunity fell to Ebony Leckey on seventy-three minutes. Good work by Dickson on the left ended with a great cross that the substitute striker headed over the bar. The Glens responded with a firmly struck Andrews through ball to lively McMaster whose shot was well cut out by covering defender Kathryn McConnell. Strong hold-up play and a penetrating run to the by-line on eighty-one produced a fine cross met by a McMaster header easily claimed by Adams. As the Glens continued to look for the third goal Lauren Wade shot over from a free kick after her jinking run inside was ended by McKenna working back once again to help her defence. A minute later Beattie spurned a chance to further increase her tally for the season as the impressive Adams made yet another important save. A second Glentoran substitute saw the impressive Cara Mervyn make way for Jenna McKearney in the full-back berth with five minutes remaining. Wade, whose performance deserved a goal, finally netted with three minutes to go with a beautifully struck left-foot shot from distance that flew into the net to secure a fully deserved win for the home side.
Full-time Glentoran Women 3-0 Linfield Ladies
Next game is a top of the table clash with Cliftonville back at Ashfield on Wednesday 23 June.
Glentoran Women:30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 6. Nadene Caldwell (captain) 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 22. Cara Mervyn 24. Lauren Wade 27. Shannon Dunne Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 3, Rachel Dennison 9. Rachel Rogan 10. Ali McMaster (for Kelly) 14. Jenna McKearney (for Mervyn)
Glentoran Women 4-1 Sion Swifts
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
A Kerry Beattie quadruple ensured that Glentoran Women maintained their challenge at the top end of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership with a deserved 4-1 victory over Sion Swifts in a fast-paced and at times feisty encounter at the Ashfield Arena on Wednesday evening.
The first chance of the game fell to international winger Lauren Wade whose return from injury to the starting XI was a welcome boost for the club. Crisp approach play from Timoney, Beattie and Andrews created the chance for Wade to make a clean connection and force a save from Sion keeper Denise McElhinney. With the teams matching each other in the early stages it wasn’t long before Glentoran began to take control with Wade and Howe causing problems with their well-timed and penetrating runs beyond the opponent’s back line. On 20 minutes a dangerous Casey Howe cross was deflected for a corner as the Glens increased pressure in search of the opening goal. Shortly afterwards a clever run by Wade produced a fine stop by the alert McElhinney once again in the well-guarded Sion goal. Sustained pressure from the home side produced another good move on 25 minutes that ended with an accurate cross from Howe to the back post where Nadene Caldwell was unfortunate to volley into the side netting from a tight angle. Another excellent stop from McElhinney from a Beattie shot on 26 minutes suggested the breakthrough was getting closer. As Beattie burst down the left flank on 27 the Sion stopper raced out of her goal and brought the Glentoran striker down just outside the area resulting in a free kick for the home side. The resulting set-piece produced a pinpoint Howe cross to the back post that narrowly evaded defender Shannon Dunne’s late run into the six-yard area. Intense pressure from the home side continued as Andrews fired over from 12 yards on 32 minutes before the Glens finally broke the deadlock on 35 minutes. Impressive wing-play down the right from Wade found Howe whose quick feet on the edge of the penalty area set Beattie who composed herself to calmly convert. Beattie soon had her second after clever interplay between Andrews and Howe created the opportunity for Beattie to double her tally with another well taken finish from close range. However, with the home side confident of reaching the break with a comfortable lead, a firm strike from outside the box by Leontia McVarnock escaped Burns’ dive in the Glens goal to reduce the deficit for the away side.
Half-time Glentoran Women 2-1 Sion Swifts
As expected, Sion came out buoyed by the late revival at the end of the first half and demonstrated clear early intent in pursuit of an equaliser. Good approach play from the visitors in the early stages of the second period was, however, unable to breach a well marshalled defence led by the experienced Kelly Bailie whose coolness under pressure was evident throughout the game. A Howe strike on 52 following a Wade corner indicated that the Glens had regained their appetite for swift attacking play. Indeed, Beattie completed her hat-trick on 57 after Caldwell was brought down in the area following a strong run into the box. As the impressive Howe made way for Danielle Maxwell on 60, the home side continued exert pressure on the Sion defence. On 65 minutes an Andrews corner led to a goalmouth scramble and a hooked Caldwell attempt deflected on to the top of the bar. From the second corner the lively Caldwell was once again brought down amid a mêlée of players scrambling for possession of the ball. Despite the protests from Sion, referee Lauren Trainor pointed to the spot and Beattie confidently took her tally to four for the game on 75 minutes. Two further substitutions saw Rachel Rogan replace the injured Sam Kelly and Ali McMaster replace Lauren Wade as the Glens shuffled the pack a little to maintain the 4-1-2-3 shape to maintain the tree-goal cushion. With the game now all but won, a late marauding run from right-back Annie Timoney ended with a sweetly struck drive that crashed against the bar just prior to the final whistle.
A disciplined performance with plenty of positives to take into the remainder of the second round of fixtures following the international break next week. Next up is Linfield at home on Wednesday 16 June.
Full time Glentoran Women 4-1 Sion Swifts
Glentoran Women:30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 6. Nadene Caldwell 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 24. Lauren Wade 27. Shannon Dunne 28. Casey Howe Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 10. Ali McMaster (for Kelly) 9. Rachel Rogan (for Wade) 18. Danielle Maxwell (for Howe) 22. Cara Mervyn
Derry City 2-8 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Glentoran Women secured their first league victory in three attempts with an emphatic 8-2 triumph at Derry City Women as Rachel Rogan grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick.
Rogan netted a treble for the Glens while Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Kelly Bailie, Alison McMaster and Lauren Wade were all on target for Billy Clarke’s side.
Alison McGonagle and Paul McGrory both scored consolation goals for the Candystripes in an action-packed match full of attacking football and high-quality goals.
Derry struggled to contain the Glens midfield and the impressive Andrews opened the scoring on seven minutes and the away side’s dominance was strengthened on 10 minutes, when Rogan nipped in at the front post to double the visitors lead.
Beattie added a third before Rogan got her second and Glentoran’s fourth after the break and whilst McGonagle pulled a goal back with goal from outside the area, the Glens restored their four-goal advantage a minute later through veteran forward Baillie, heading in from a corner.
McCrory sidestepped Shannon Dunne outside the Glentoran penalty area and unleashed a great shot for the home side’s second, but there were a further three goals for the visitors with McMaster on the scoresheet and Rogan completing her hat-trick with substitute Wade scoring a fantastic strike
Glentoran Women: McKinnon, Foy, Rogan, McKearney, Kelly, Andrews, Maxwell, Beattie, Bailie, Dunne, Howe subs Burns (not used), A. McMaster (replaced Maxwell 57), Mervyn (replaced McKearney 69), Wade (replaced Howe 57)
Cliftonville Ladies 4-2 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Glentoran Women suffered their first defeat of the season when Cliftonville Ladies overturned a 2-1 half time deficit to run out 4-2 winners at the finish and extend their lead at the top of the table to five points after four games.
Striker Kerry Beattie continued her fine goalscoring form with a sixth minute opener for the Glens before Casey Howe doubled the visitors lead four minutes later.
However, the league leaders hit back in emphatic style as their trio of Northern Ireland international summer signings all found the net.
Winger Louise McDaniel - an arrival from Hearts - netted her first goal for the Reds in the 36th minute, the first of four goals for the home side in a devastating 33-minute spell.
Caitlin McGuinness levelled the score a minute after the break and it was her sister Kirsty who then ensured the hosts pulled the game away from Glentoran, netting in the 52nd and 69th minutes.
Beattie’s opener beat Reds goalkeeper Rachel Norney from close range after a long ball forward and Howe - a summer arrival from Linfield - poked home the second after a teasing cross.
Norney made a string of fine saves to prevent the Glens adding to their lead - Jess Foy and Kelly Bailie were both denied, before McDaniel halved the deficit.
Caitlin McGuinness then turned home at the near post unmarked to tie the score after the break, before Norney thwarted Beattie twice more as well as Howe.
It was Norney’s long ball that found Kirsty McGuinness to calmly score to give the Reds the lead, and despite Glentoran’s pressing for an equaliser - McGuinness curled home her second and the side’s fourth from a free-kick.
The defeat was the first of the campaign for Billy Clarke’s Glens and ensures that the North Belfast side have continued their 100 percent winning start to the campaign.
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 4. Emma McMaster 6. Nadene Caldwell 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 28. Casey Howe Subs 9. Rachel Rogan (for Maxwell) 10. Ali McMaster (for Howe) 14. Jenna McKearney 22. Cara Mervyn 27. Shannon Dunne (for McMaster)
Linfield Ladies 1-1 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 12th May 2021
A second half equaliser from Northern Ireland international Sam Kelly maintained the Glens' unbeaten start to their title defence at Midgeley Park this evening.
The Big Two went toe-to-toe in a superb end-to-end encounter with both sides creating plenty of chances to win, but ultimately the spoils were shared.
Skipper Jessica Foy fired over for the Glens in the 25th minute but it was the Blues who took the lead when Rebecca Bassett finished in style after Rebecca McKenna created the opening.
Bassett had another chance early in the second half but her effort flew over the par before both Kerry Beattie and Kelly rattled the post for the visit.
Kelly equalised with seven minutes remaining with a left-footed effort and she could have won the game late on but was denied by a brilliant save from the home side’s goalkeeper Nicole Adams.
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 4. Emma McMaster 6. Nadene Caldwell 10. Ali McMaster 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 28. Casey Howe Subs 9. Rachel Rogan14. Jenna McKearney 22. Cara Mervyn 25. Olivia Marshall 27. Shannon Dunne (for A McMaster)
Sion Swifts 0-3 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Champions Glentoran Women eased to a three-goal win at Sion Swifts thanks to a 15-minute hat-trick from striker Kerry Beattie.
The Northern Ireland international hit a quickfire treble between the 63rd and 78th minute to secure Billy Clarke’s side the points - the equivalent fixture last season saw the only match in which the Glens dropped points in a shortened campaign, when they went down to a 4-3 loss.
The first half was a cagey affair with few clear-cut openings for either side, before the game was decided by Beattie’s goals.
After opening the scoring just after the hour, the 18-year-old struck again just a couple of minutes later to tap home her second before claiming the match ball when she connected with a cross into the box after the Glens had made the most of the space that had opened up at the back following a period of Sion pressure.
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 4. Emma McMaster 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 28. Casey Howe Subs 10. Ali McMaster (for Rogan) 14. Jenna McKearney (For Caldwell) 22. Cara Mervyn 24. Lauren Wade 26. Caragh Hamilton
Glentoran Women 1 - 0 Crusaders Strikers
Wednesday 28th April 2021
In a lively opening encounter at the Oval Glentoran Women edged past Crusaders Strikers thanks to a second half goal by Danielle Maxwell to secure the three points. A scrappy start saw the Glens dominate early possession with the ball moving through the midfield corridors and then into the wide channels to utilise the pace of Maxwell and new signing Casey Howe. Good early work between Maxwell and Foy down the left forced a corner well cleared by Crusaders full-back Armour. Kelly and Rogan linked well to create a shooting opportunity from distance that didn’t trouble Harvey-Clifford in the Crusaders goal. Kelly remained busy and tenacious in the central midfield area with some penetrating runs that were unable to breach a strong Strikers defence marshalled by the composed and assured Julie Nelson at its centre. Great close control and a sharp turn from Beattie on 40 minutes worked an opportunity to fire a cross from the left flank across the six-yard area that was easily claimed by Harvey-Clifford. Towards the end of the first half the Glentoran defence was called into action following mounting Strikers pressure and a succession of well-taken Holly Otter corners. Just prior to the whistle a Glentoran break saw Andrews and Foy combine well to force a corner for the home side that was once again easily dealt with by the commanding Harvey-Clifford. Half-time 0-0.
Early second half Glentoran pressure signalled a desire to convert possession and territory into goals for the home side. A clean strike from Andrews from just outside the area was well held by Harvey-Clifford. A quicker paced contest now developed with the Glens injecting more pace into their forward play. Maxwell’s clever turn followed by a jinking run inside found Andrews whose clean touch set up the unmarked Howe inside the box. Howe’s shot narrowly shaved the upright. The introduction of Nadene Caldwell into the central midfield area for the hardworking Rogan was pivotal in increasing the home side’s energy levels and attacking intent. Midway through the half the deadlock was indeed broken after an accurately delivered Andrews ball into the box was converted from close range by Maxwell to give the Oval women a deserved lead. With the Glens still aiming to increase their advantage and put the game beyond their opponents, there was a clear opportunity to further extend the home side’s lead when Beattie broke away and looked likely to score as she advanced on goal only for the alert Harvey-Clifford to smother a tame shot. A more open game now saw Crusaders look livelier in the latter stages with some dangerous Wilson runs in the final third as the Strikers aimed to pull level. McMaster and Bailie were instrumental in quelling the Crusaders threat with some excellent interceptions and confident play out of defence. Crusaders’ best chance came on 77 minutes when a teasing Wilson cross was met by substitute Boyle’s goal-bound header which was cleared by Caldwell for a corner. Late subs saw Dunne and McMaster replace Kelly and Master for the Glens and McClaren and Rae replace Archibald and McDowell for the Strikers. In the final stages Crusaders captain Julie Nelson took up a more advanced role in an attempt to breach the solid Glentoran defence, but to no avail as Glens keeper McKinnon punched clear a long distance free-kick from the veteran stalwart. All in all, an entertaining game and a deserved victory for the reigning champions.
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 4. Emma McMaster 9. Rachel Rogan 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 28. Casey Howe Subs 6. Nadene Caldwell (for Rogan)10. Ali McMaster (for Emma McMaster)14. Jenna McKearney 27. Shannon Dunne (for Kelly)
Photography by Johnny Caldwell
Glentoran Women 4 - 0 Cliftonville Ladies
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Glentoran Women blasted their way back to the top of the Danske Bank Women's Premiersip with a first half demolition of Cliftonville at Seaview tonight
A commanding first half display saw a buoyant and focused Glentoran Women side sail into a 4-0 half-time lead against Cliftonville at Seaview on Wednesday evening with little chance of the Reds gaining a foothold to mount any significant threat in the second period. Following a frantic opening during which neither side was able to impose any real quality, the Glens took the lead on 9 minutes with an unstoppable right foot strike from left winger Danielle Maxwell who skilfully edged inside past two Reds defenders before firing high into the Cliftonville net to give her side a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later a well worked corner routine involving Joely Andrews and Sam Kelly created space on the edge of the area for Andrews to fire in the Glens’ second with a carefully angled strike beating Cliftonville keeper Lauren Currie at her near post. From this point on confidence grew with the Glens tidier in possession and safe at the back under the leadership of captain Jess Foy whose partnership with Aimee-Lee Peachey worked well to thwart any advance through the central areas towards goal. The Glens further extended the lead on 28 minutes with simple but effective build-up play through the middle of the park. Andrews picked the ball up just beyond the half-way line, found Caragh Hamilton on the right whose darting run to the by-line produced a pinpoint cross that was well finished by Kerry Beattie from close range. On 33 minutes the first really incisive attack from Cliftonville saw Glens goalkeeper Jackie Burns race of her line to smother a goal-bound effort. As the first half drew to a close and with the Reds, to their credit, continuing to try to play out from the back, a clever steal from Hamilton found the industrious Beattie whose quick return pass gave Hamilton an easy tap-in to put the game almost beyond doubt at 4-0.
Half time : Glentoran 4-0 Cliftonville
As the second half got underway it seemed that the Glens looked intent on turning early pressure into more goals, but this was not to be as the girls were unable to further extend their lead despite good periods of possession and frequent attacks. Advances down the flanks and through the middle did not have the fluidity and potency that to match the first half performance and although chances were created, quality was lacking in front of goal. On 57 minutes an Andrews snapshot from the edge of the area sailed just wide of the upright and on 67 a great reverse through ball from Beattie to Kelly was ruled marginally offside. Maxwell was replaced by Rogan on 72 with Beattie moving out left to allow Rogan to occupy the central striking role in the familiar 4-3-3 formation. Hannah Docherty’s solid defensive performance in the first half was complemented in the second by a greater desire to get forward and contribute to the attacking play as the Glens sought to break lines. Indeed, on 77 minutes a well-directed pass over the top from Docherty in her left-back berth found Hamilton whose run on goal was halted by the alert Currie in the Cliftonville goal. On 86 minutes a cross field pass from Foy found Sarah Connolly whose carefully driven cross into the box narrowly evaded Rogan in front of goal.
A strong performance from a dominant Glentoran side extended the lead at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership by three points with four games to play. Well done to all!
Final score: Glentoran 4-0 Cliftonville
The Glens are now three points ahead of Sion Swifts at the top of the table. Swifts have a game in hand with the big one scheduled to place next Wednesday when the top two meet at the Oval, Covid-19 and Executive regulations permitting.
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 11. Hannah Doherty 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely ) Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 26. Caragh Hamilton Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 9. Rachel Rogan (for Maxwell) 10. Ali McMaster 12. Sarah Connolly (for Hamilton) 27. Shannon Dunne (for Beattie)
Dominant Glens secure league double over rivals Linfield
Linfield Ladies 1-4 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 30th September 2020
Two goal Sam Kelly
Glentoran Women produced an impressive performance on Wednesday evening easing to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Linfield at Midgley Park. A fast-paced start to the contest saw both sides demonstrating attacking intent in the early stages. Just five minutes were on the clock when Glentoran goalkeeper Ashley McKinnon reacted well to tip a powerful Rebecca McKenna strike over the bar. The Glens looked to build patterns of play with wide players Hamilton and Maxwell enjoying some good early possession on the flanks. The Glens looked sharp on the counter and the high press worked well forcing Linfield into early errors. On 22 minutes a Sam Kelly corner was well met by Aimee Lee Peachey whose well-directed downward header just shaved the upright. Linfield stopper Adams was called into action on numerous occasions as the first half progressed with accurate strikes from Maxwell and Hamilton forcing fine saves. A cleverly cushioned Kerry Beattie knock down on 32 minutes following a perfectly taken free-kick from captain Jess Foy produced a rasping strike from Caldwell that just evaded the crossbar. The intense Glens’ possession and assault on the Linfield goal finally led to Caragh Hamilton breaking the deadlock on 35 minutes when she calmly slotted past Adams after a deflected through ball landed in her path 12 yards from goal. The midfield trio of Caldwell, Kelly and Andrews continued to carve openings in the final third and at the half-time whistle the Glens went into the break fully deserving to be ahead.
Some early promise from Linfield at the start of the second period was quickly quelled by Glentoran who continued to press from the front forcing the Blues’ back-line to regularly concede possession. Indeed, a good steal from Beattie enabled her to create space on the edge of the area only to fire wide. A further steal from the lively striker set up a Maxwell drive that also went wide as the Glens’ pressure increased in search of the second goal. The impressive Sam Kelly showed great tenacity to win yet another midfield tussle to find Hamilton whose clever turn produced another low drive that just evaded the post. However, quite against the run of play a rare Linfield attack resulted in an equaliser from striker Ebony Leckey after Abbie Magee rode Kelly Bailie’s challenge to square for the Linfield striker to convert from close range. Far from dampening the Glentoran spirit, the Linfield leveller served only to toughen the girls’ reserve to regain the lead led by the bullish and single-minded approach play from tenacious midfield dynamo Sam Kelly. A smart snapshot on 66 minutes that grazed the woodwork was followed soon after on 68 minutes by a crisp low drive from the edge of the area to put the Glens back into the lead. The more attack-minded Joely Andrews was replaced by the steady presence of Hannah Docherty on 70 minutes to help stem any further potential Linfield threat in the middle of the park. Minutes later Kelly doubled her tally for the evening and extended the lead to 3-1 with a viciously whipped corner that sailed past Adams and directly into the top left corner. With the Glens firmly on top a powerful Peachey volley at the back post sailed marginally over the bar. The fourth goal came on 76 minutes after a measured pass from the ever consistent and reliable Nadine Caldwell found Danielle Maxwell in the inside left channel. Quick feet and a sharp turn inside created enough space for the tricky winger to curl a beautiful shot beyond the despairing dive of the Linfield keeper. Maxwell left the fray on 83 minutes after a good night’s work to be replaced by Sarah Connolly as the Glens eased to victory. In the closing stages a clear and obvious foul on Beattie as she advanced on goal inside the area was remarkably ignored by the officials. Nevertheless, this was a resounding victory for a rampant Glens side who drew level at the top with Sion Swifts with both teams equal on points at the half-way stage.
Danielle Maxwell completed the scoring
Glentoran Women: 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Baillie 26. Caragh Hamilton Subs 9. Rachel Rogan 10. Ali McMaster 11. Hannah Doherty 12. Sarah Connolly (replaced Andrews) 14. Jenna McKearney 27. Shannon Dunne (replaced Maxwell)
Glentoran Women 1 - 0 Crusaders Strikers
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Glentoran edged out Crusaders Strikers 1-0 at The Oval last night as Northern Ireland international Kerry Beattie scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute.
The first half was a cagey affair of few chances, with Glentoran enjoying the lion’s share of possession but struggling to break down a resolute Crues defence.
Beattie finally broke the deadlock for the Glens almost midway through the second half as she got behind the visitor’s back line before calmly slotting home into the corner.
That led to a more open final quarter of the game but it was the Glens who held on for the all important points.
With four games played, the Glens are three points behind leaders Sion Swifts, but with a game in hand, over bottom club Derry City.
Goalscorer Kerry Beattie
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Baillie 26. Caragh Hamilton Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 12. Sarah Connolly 14. Jenna McKearney (not used) 16. Shona Davis 18. Danielle Maxwell (replaced Rogan 57) 27. Shannon Dunne (replaced Kelly 75)
Sion Swifts 4-3 Glentoran Women
10th September 2020
A lively game at the Melvin Sports Complex in Strabane on Wednesday evening saw Glentoran Women drop their first league points of the season following a 4-3 defeat to Sion Swifts. Sion looked strong in the early stages of the game with good possession and took the lead on ten minutes with a neat finish from Erin Fildara following a well measured pass from Caoimhe Walsh. On 19 minutes the Glens got themselves back into the game with a Jess Foy penalty after Caragh Hamilton was brought down in the area. The Glens gained confidence from the equaliser and began to take control of the game with sharper passing and more constructive build-up play. Numerous neat interchanges of play down the left between Beattie and Andrews led to goal-bound efforts Kelly and Caldwell and a Beattie snapshot on 40 minutes produced a reaction save from the Sion goalkeeper. All square at half-time with the Glens finishing the stronger side.
The second half saw the Glens start well again with clear intent and good movement through the thirds. They were rewarded on 56 minutes when Kelly’s corner was met majestically by Aimee-Lee Peachey to power a header into the net to give the Glens a deserved 2-1 lead. On 67 minutes the Glens confirmed their dominance of the game with a powerful diagonal drive into the roof of the net from Caragh Hamilton after good work from Kelly down the right. Sion reduced the deficit ten minutes later with a low strike from Caitlin McGuinness and were soon after awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area which was expertly dispatched by older sister Kirsty to draw the Strabane girls level. Momentum now lay with the Sion girls and the Glens conceded their fourth when an 84th minute penalty from Kirsty McGuinness sneaked past the outstretched hand of Glens keeper Burns to seal the victory. A thoroughly entertaining game that the Glens will be disappointed to lose after losing grip on what looked like another three points before Sion mounted their spirited comeback.
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 11. Hannah Doherty 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 26. Caragh Hamilton 27. Shannon Dunne Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 12. Sarah Connolly 18. Danielle Maxwell 21. Kelly Baillie
Glentoran Women 2-0 Linfield Ladies
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Glentoran registered a two-goal win over fierce rivals Linfield at The Oval in a game between two sides with eyes on this year’s title.
The Glens were in the ascendancy throughout with summer signing Caragh Hamilton opening the scoring in the fourth minute.
Striker Rachel Rogan had the ball in the net against for the East Belfast side, but this was disallowed for offside, although Kerry Beattie’s second goal on the hour mark did stand.
Goalscorers Caragh Hamilton and Kerry Beattie
Hamilton turned the Blues defence to slot home her first of the season with Linfield’s best opportunity coming through a Casey Howe shot from range just before the break but Beattie’s strike made the points safe.
The Glens - who finished third in last season’s standings - are eyed by many as title favourites this year and this result will go a long way to justifying such claims.
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 11. Hannah Doherty 15, Samantha Kelly 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Baillie 26. Caragh Hamilton Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 12. Sarah Connolly14. Jenna McKearney 16. Shona Davis 18. Danielle Maxwell 27. Shannon Dunne (for Baillie 45)
Cliftonville Ladies 0-3 Glentoran Women
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Glentoran Women finally started their 2020 season and began this one in the same style they finished last season with a convincing 0-3 away league win over Cliftonville at Solitude.
The Glens had new signings Jacqueline Burns and Hannah Doherty in the starting line up with another new signing Shona Davis joined on the bench by returnees Sarah Connolly and Caragh Hamilton. But it was two of last season's young stars, Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie, who gave the Glens a two goal half time lead. This was topped up by a third from skipper Jessica Foy after the break.
Joely Andrews and Kerry Beattie put the Glens in control prior to the break before Jess Foy added a third with 20 minutes remaining to seal a convincing victory.
The Reds made a bright start with Rachel McConnell’s early header straight at visiting goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns, before the visitors began to take control.
Andrews opened the scoring in the 41st minute after Beattie’s ball into the box was not cleared and three minutes later Beattie turned from provided to scorer as she converted from Kelly Bailie’s free kick.
Niamh Connolly blasted over for Cliftonville after the restart and the game was keenly fought, but Foy’s third sealed the point with the Glens with 20 minutes left on the clock; her cross-come-shot spectacularly sailed into the net to wrap up the points.
Glentoran Women: 30. Jacqueline Burns 3. Jessica Foy (captain) 5. Aimee-Lee Peachey 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 11. Hannah Doherty 17. Joely Andrews 18. Danielle Maxwell 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Baillie Subs 1. Ashleigh McKinnon 12. Sarah Connolly (for Rogan) 14. Jenna McKearney 16. Shona Davis (for Peachey) 26. Caragh Hamilton (for Maxwell)