Womens News 2021
Womens News 2021
Glens presented with new Premiership Trophy
Just Champion for Glens Women
Glentoran Women overcame a second half challenge at the Bet McLean Oval this evening to retain their Danske Bank Women's Premiership crown with this 3-2 home win over runners up Cliftonville.
Glens were outstanding in the first half and led 2-0 at half time through goals from last season’s NIFL Player of the Year Caragh Hamilton and the legendary Kelly Bailie. The Reds shocked their hosts with two second half goals, but the winner and league clincher came appropriately from this season’s leading scorer Kerry Beattie.
Glentoran strengthened their position as Northern Ireland's most successful club in Women's football as this was the Glens' record ninth championship win since the inception of the league.
Glens touch down in Finland
The Glentoran Women squad touched down in Finland yesterday ahead of today's UEFA Women's Champions League tie with Servette. Don't forget today's game will be streamed live at 12 noon HERE on the YouTube page of Aland United, the host team.
Best of luck girls. We're all with you.
Glens' Women's Euro Squad Announced
Glentoran Women set off next week to play their opening tie in the UEFA Champions League.
The match is against Swiss champions Servette FCCF in the Wikliof Holding Arena in Mariehamn, Finland. Kick off is at noon on Wednesday 18th August.
Announcing the travelling squad, General Manager Billy Clarke told www.glentoran.com : " It's been 5 years since we last competed in the Women's Champions League when we finished 3rd. As a club and squad we are so looking forward to playing in this competition again. We are now competing in a new tournament format with 2 semi-final games on Wednesday 18th August when we play Servette the Swiss Champions and Cluj from Romania play Aland United, the Host Club from Finland. The 2 winners play on Saturday 21st night with the 2 losers involved in a 3rd place playoff on Saturday afternoon.
Having finished 3rd in both 2015 and 2016 competitions we know how difficult the task is to get to the final when we face Servette ranked 17th against our 42nd ranking. Our preparations have gone well, and we are playing well in our league and cup games. I know our players and coaches are looking forward to the tournament and we will do our best and enjoy the experience”.
The squad named by Billy and his coaching team is:
2. Annie Timoney
3, Jess Foy (captain)
4. Emma McMaster
6. Nadene Caldwell
7. Makyla Mullholland
9. Rachel Rogan
10. Ali McMaster
11. Lauren Wade
12. Ashleigh McKinnon
14. Jenna McKearney
15. Sam Kelly
17. Joely Andrews
18. Danielle Maxwell
19. Kerry Beattie
20. Casey Howe
21. Kelly Bailie
22. Cara Mervyn
27. Shannon Dunne
30. Emma Higgins
97. Chloe McCarron
Skipper Jess Foy also spoke to www.glentoran.com : ““We’re very excited as a squad to be heading away to play in the UEFA Champions League Qualification stages. Last year our goal was to win the league and to be back playing at the highest level. We achieved that so now it’s going to be a massive challenge for us, one that we are very much looking forward to.”
The club’s most experienced player Kelly Bailie, who has played for the club in Europe on seven previous seasons and who this season is operating very successfully as a centre back, shared some of her thoughts on this European adventure: “For any of the players that haven't been to Europe I'd say: Enjoy the experience and believe in yourselves. Work hard and continue to all the good things that we have been doing over the past number of months. Everyone deserves to be there and has the talent to produce a top-class performance and hopefully get a result.
As a club we always want to improve on our previous European experiences. I think over the years we have done that and got stronger along the way. Although it's going to a couple of tough games there is no doubt about the quality of the squad, and I believe we will all leave the pitch knowing we gave our all. Even though we haven't been in Europe since 2015 we will go into next week determined to do well and wanting to get a result. Our squad is full of extremely talented players that are also willing to work hard for one another. As a team we will go with a desire to work hard, play our football and hopefully do ourselves and everyone at home proud”.
This is an amazing group of players who bring immense credit to the club and who go from strength to strength season to season. They currently hold all four senior trophies in Northern Ireland, and we know they will enhance Glentoran’s standing and prestige in this tournament.
Good luck girls, we’re all deeply proud of you!
Welcome to Glentoran, Cora Morgan
Glentoran Women are delighted to announce the signing of Northern Ireland U19 international Cora Morgan from Linfield, where she has been a first team regular this season. Welcome to the champs, Cora.
Kerry Beattie named Player of the Month
Free scoring Glentoran striker Kerry Beattie has been selected as the Danske Bank Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association Women’s Player of the Month for June.
The in-form Kerry shot her way to the award with a stunning tally of eight goals in just four Danske Bank Women’s Premiership games during the month.
Kerry scored in all of Glentoran’s games during June, when we went through the month with a 100 per cent record.
That included an impressive four-goal haul in the Glens’ 4-1 win over Sion Swifts Ladies and the 18-year-old was the stand-out choice of the Northern Ireland Football Writers.
"It’s the first award I’ve received so it’s a big deal to me,” said Kerry.
“I’ve been playing for the senior team for the last couple of seasons, but this is the first season that I have been starting regularly and I have been getting lots of minutes.
“Scoring goals is helping and I am just really enjoying my football at the minute, which is the most important thing and I think that is why I am playing so well.”
June was also a special month personally for Kerry as she made her senior international debut for Northern Ireland in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Scotland as Kenny Shiels prepares his team for the start of the World Cup qualifiers in September and the Women’s Euro 2022 finals next summer.
Earning a place in the squad for those finals is a major carrot for the Lisburn girl and her goal-scoring displays are putting her at the forefront for selection.
Also on her mind is helping the Glens retain the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title, as well as the Irish Cup and County Antrim Cup, which the club still hold from 2019.
“It’s great to be scoring goals,” she said.
“I am trying to push on and I am constantly thinking about the future and with the Women’s Euro 2022 finals next summer I want to be competing for a place in the squad.
“There is a lot of competition and it is important that I am scoring goals, most importantly for the club really because we need to be scoring goals to win games and keep all the trophies that we have.”
Glentoran announce signing of Northern Ireland international Chloe McCarron
Glentoran have announced the signing of Northern Ireland midfielder Chloe McCarron.
The 23-year-old joins the Women's Irish Premiership Champions after leaving Birmingham City, where she made 12 appearances since her arrival at the club in August 2020.
The midfielder first played for Northern Ireland’s Under-15 girls’ team as a 13-year-old.
She subsequently played several times at both U17 and U19 level before making her senior bow as a teenager in 2015, playing in three friendly internationals.Chloe played in both legs of Northern Ireland's historic win against Ukraine in April to reach the 2022 Euro finals.
Chloe believes her familiarity with multiple international stars at The Oval throughout her career to date has allowed her to settle into the club instantly in mid-season.
She explained to the NIFL web team: “I was familiar with almost all the players at the club already, not only having played against them in the league but also through the international setup and the junior teams.
“I knew I would settle in quickly because of this and the staff around the club have helped in that regard too.
“I had great years at Linfield but I wanted to be in an environment where everyone has that drive to win - at Glentoran they hate losing and it is more about the team than individuals.
“Everyone had raved about how good the setup at the club is and the facilities are really professional - everyone is here to win and nobody is there just to take part.”
Not only are the Glens battling for domestic glory, but they will play Swiss champions Servette FC Chênois Féminin in the Champions League next month.
“The opportunity to play in the Champions League is a huge incentive,” McCarron continued.
“Playing in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership is a big challenge but when you’re playing against league winners from elsewhere in Europe it that next step up.
“You have to prepare that little bit more and you know the quality that you are facing - you need to be on top of your game or you will be punished.
“I wanted to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone.”
McCarron’s stint in English football gave her a glimpse at life in the full-time game.
“What people don’t realise is how the step up to full-time football is much more than just the game itself,” she explained.
“It is not just the matches themselves but throughout the week there is so much going on behind the scenes that nobody sees that has an impact on matchday.
“You learn so much more off the pitch than you do on it, about how to prepare fully for games and training sessions, how best to recover and recuperate - you are constantly learning.
“England was a great experience for me in that sense and when I had to come back home, Glentoran was the next best thing in that sense.”
The move to the Glens also ensures she will be getting regular game-time ahead of the upcoming set of Northern Ireland fixtures.
“Everyone is talking about the finals next summer but a lot of people are forgetting we actually have games coming up in September, which is right around the corner,” said McCarron.
“My priority this month was to ensure I got minutes before then - firstly to be selected for the squad and the team, then to be able to push on from that.
“My aim is to be in the mix for next summer - there is so much competition for places and I know I’ll have to work hard to be involved.”
Champions Glentoran currently lead the way at the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership but Cliftonville trail them by just one point while they have two games in hand.
McCarron believes this title race looks set to go to the wire: “The last time I played in this league was with Linfield and the title race went down to the final game and goal difference against Sion Swifts.
“There is the sense that this season could be similar because of the form of both teams - Cliftonville and ourselves.
“The key thing is to stay focused and take it one game at a time, to allow us to keep winning.”
Glens receive champions flag
Glens captain Jess Foy receives the flag to celebrate Glentoran winning the Danske Bank Women's Premiership 2020, from Neil Coleman, representing the Northern Ireland Football League. (28/04/21)
Major new signings for the Champions
League Champions and current holder of all four of Northern Ireland’s senior trophies, Glentoran Women FC is delighted to announce a number of significant new signings in advance of the new season, and also two important additions to the first team coaching staff.
Lauren Wade has rejoined Glentoran after a highly successful spell with Glasgow City. Lauren told www.glentoran.com : “I started playing football for Coleraine Ladies and played there until I signed for Glentoran in 2012. I spent 3 years with the Glens and in 2015 I was offered and accepted a 2-year scholarship at Carson Newman University in Tennessee USA. This was a fantastic experience. I gained many awards during my time at Cason Newman including –
2 Time all American, 2 Time SAC Player of the Year and 2 Time Carson Newman Female Athlete of the Year.
In 2019 I signed a professional contract with Icelandic team Throttur Reykjavik and this lead on to signing for Glasgow City, Scotland’s record 12 times National League Winners.
I have represented my country from age 16 and currently have 31 senior caps and 3 goals. I hope to add to both totals before I retire.
I have resigned for Glentoran Women as I enjoyed playing there before moving away from home and always said I’d return to play them. I’m looking forward to the season starting and getting back to playing in the Premier League.
Casey Howe has left Linfield to join the Glens for the new season. Casey told the club media team: “I started my footballing career at Ballinamallard FC at the age of 8 playing with boys in their national league up until I reached age 15. During my time at Ballinamallard, I played summer football with Mid Ulster Ladies, and then Linfield Ladies u17 and u19s.
In my first two u19 seasons with Linfield, I was NIWFA League Player of the Year, and I was also league leading goalscorer in my 2nd season. I then entered senior football with Linfield where I played for 2 seasons and in this time I competed in the qualify rounds of the champions league. Alongside my club career I have worked my way up through the ranks on the international scene playing in all underage categories to then making my senior debut at the age of 17.
I’ve signed for Glentoran Women this season to further my football career. I’ve enjoyed pre-season training and I’m looking forward to our season starting”.
Jennifer McDade has joined from Shelbourne in Dublin and the defender also spoke to the media team: “I Started playing football with Crusaders from youth level until age 18 where, I won 2 League Titles and 2 Cups and got to play in a Champions League Qualifying Tournament. At age 18 went to America for a year on a scholarship with Southern Mississippi University.
I decided to return home after my year in America and signed for Linfield. During my time there we won 3 Premier League titles, the NIFL League cup and Toals County Antrim Cup. I also played in Champions League Qualifying Tournaments with Linfield.
In 2019 I left Linfield for a new challenge and signed for Shelbourne Ladies based in Dublin who play in the FAI Women’s National Premier League. I spent 18 months with them before returning home to sign for Glentoran Women. I’m looking forward to this new challenge with the Glens and hopefully help them to winning more trophies.
During my football career I have played at Northern Ireland at youth levels u15/u17/u19 and got a senior cap from a friendly game”.
Stephen Murray and Lesley Winder have joined the coaching team at GWFC:
Stephen: “I grew up in Kilkenny and played football at school and locally until I went to USA on a 4-year scholarship to University of Memphis Lambuth in Tennessee. During that time, I played Semi Pro with Memphis Express and Nashville Metros.
After Graduating University, I Played Professionally with Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL League and played in the 1st Division in Croatia with NK Junak Sinj.
I coached at Triton College in Chicago and have also being involved with the County Tyrone Super Cup NI Team as a Lead Coach. I have Worked as a Soccer Scholarship Consultant for the past 8 Years with P4S Scholarships where I took teams over to America to compete against American Universities. Have now become owner/Director of my own Company called SMUSA Scholarships which sends Male and Female Students from Ireland earn sports scholarships in America and run annual tours to America.
I am delighted to have joined the coaching staff at Glentoran Women and I’m enjoying getting to work with the talented squad of players we have at Glentoran”.
Lesley: “I played every sport I could at a young age, but football was my passion. I represented my country from ages 11-17 in football. But just before starting university I tore my ACL and I struggled with direction and knowledge on how to return to play and decided that training and coaching would be my focus.
In terms of Strength and Conditioning I have worked with clubs such as Instonians Rugby, Grosvenor School, RBAI School, NI Civil Service Hockey, NI Women’s Volleyball, Belfast Harlequins Rugby, Mayobridge GAA and individual athletes from Ireland Cycling and Ulster Rugby. My aim is always to educate players and develop them to reach their true potential, to understand the work needed on and off the pitch.
I am impressed with the level of professionalism displayed by players, coaches and all staff at Glentoran Women and look forward to the start of the season”.
The champs aren’t messing about. Welcome to all our new additions.