Glentoran Women took advantage of Cliftonville Ladies not playing on tonight to close the gap at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership to two points.
The Glens were boosted by the return of international players Nadene Caldwell and Joely Andrews from the Euros and by the presence of internationals Caragh Hamilton and Casey Howe on the bench after recovering from long term injury. The team was also boosted by the return of last season's top scorer Kerry Beattie from Glasgow City, and of right back Annie Timoney after a season at Celtic where she won a Scottish Cup winners medal. So the squad is definitely bolstered for the second half of the season and for the imminent UEFA Champions League.
Beattie took up where she left off with a double, one in either half. Skipper Jess Foy was on target after the break before Casey Howe added a late fourth at the Bluebell Stadium.
Full Report to follow
Glentoran Women: 12. Ashleigh McKinnon 2. Annie Timoney 3. Jess Foy (Captain) 6. Nadene Caldwell 9. Rachel Rogan 17. Joely Andrews 19. Kerry Beattie 21. Kelly Bailie 26, Jenna McKearney 28.Sarah Tweedie
Subs 14. Caragh Hamilton 16. Jennifer McDade 18. Michelle McDaid 20. Casey Howe 22. Cara Mervyn 25. Cora Morgan 27. Shannon Dunne
Photography by Johnny Caldwell