Title chasing Glentoran started as they meant to go on tonight at Ashfield with a first minute strike from Joely Andrews putting them ahead virtually from kick off. There was to be no let up as the league leaders rattled another 10 against unfortunate Ballymena this evening in the Sports Direct.
The home team (unchanged for the fourth consecutive game) were very quicky 2 then 3 ahead through Emily Wilson then league top scorer Kerry Beattie. On 32 minutes Andrews then scored her 20th of the season by finishing off a neat Glens passing move. Wilson then got her second of the night and 15th of the season to take the Glens in 5-up at half time.
At the break Head Coach took the opportunity to introduce subs Kelly Bailie, Jenna McKearney and Megan Neill. The new line up maintained the standard as the Glens were immediately awarded a penalty, comfortably converted by Kelly Bailie.
By the hour mark the Glens were 9 ahead through Neill, Beattie’s third of the evening (and 33rd of the season) and Demi Vance. The scoring was concluded by Demi Vance and Rachel Rogan for a very commanding win.
As Cliftonville Ladies weren’t playing this evening, this stretched the Glens’ lead at the top of the table to 9 points, although the Reds have 2 games in hand. The next league game is the potential title decider when Cliftonville visit on Monday 2nd October.
Photography by Johnny Caldwell
Glentoran Women: Ellie Scott, Sarah Tweedie, Jess Foy (c), Emma McMaster, Annie Timoney, Nadene Caldwell, Demi Vance, Chloe McCarron, Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Emily Wilson
Subs: Ashleigh McKinnon, Jenna McKearney (for Timoney 46), Kelly Bailie (for Foy 46), Megan Neill (for Caldwell 46), Rachel Rogan (for Wilson 61), Rebecca Magee