Match Reports and Highlights
Match Reports and Highlights
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)