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NIWFA Weekly Review 15 - 21 May

CHAMPIONSHIP
Ballymena United Women moved to the top of the Championship this week following a hard fought 1-0 victory over Foyle Belles thanks to a 22nd minute goal from Michelle McDonald. Larne Ladies moved into second place after they returned to winning ways with a 6-0 victory over Coleraine with two goals apiece from Hollie Johnston and Amanda Morton with Francesca Agnew and Jennifer Montgomery securing a comfortable win. That defeat leaves the Bannsiders rooted to the foot of the table. In the Championship’s final game this week St James Swifts also returned to winning ways with another comfortable score line this time 7-0 v Comber Rec Ladies with goals coming from Chloe Doak (x2), Claire Shaw (x2), Siobhan Bell, Aimee Johnston and Courtney Moore
 
DIVISION ONE
Lisburn Rangers Ladies stormed to the top of Division One following a rout of Armagh City Ladies with a five goal salvo from Eve Reilly causing most of the damage on the night. Bangor Ladies caused something of an upset as they won 3-1 at Belfast Celtic and in the divisions’ final game Ballyclare Comrades ladies secured a comfortable win at Portadown Ladies an Aimee Kerr hat trick doing most of the damage in that one. Lisburn Rangers remain undefeated in three league games on nine points however there are three teams on six points ensuring there isn’t too much a gap in the chasing pack.
 
DIVISION TWO
Camlough Rovers sent the third division table into something of a spin as they beat former leaders Kilmore Rec 7-4 to dislodge them from the top of the table. St Oliver Plunkett continued their unbeaten start to the season as they and Larne Olympic Ladies battled out a 2-2 draw with another draw, this time a rare 0-0 one. happened when Ballynahinch and Ballyclare Comrades Reserves met at Millbridge. In this divisions final game of the week Ballymena Utd Reserves easily defeated Banbridge Town a result which sent Banbridge to the foot of the table.
 
DIVISION THREE
With Ballymoney United’s game against Antrim Rovers being postponed Greenisland made the most of their absence defeating Banbridge Women to move joint top of the Division Three standings. Belfast Ravens had a narrow win over Shamrock Ladies, a Caiti McLoskey hat-trick securing the points in that one. And finally in Division three Ambassadors Ladies narrowly squeaked home 1-0 over Rosario.
 
DIVISION FOUR
In Division Four Craigavon City made it four wins from four games played following a good win over the 22nd Ladies with Lisburn Ladies Swifts and Ballymoney Utd Reserves also securing wins over Dromora Village and Moneyslane respectively.
 
DIVISION FIVE EAST
Like many other games this week the weather played a big part in the mid week top of the table clash in Five east between Lisburn Distillery and the Futuro Falcons with the “Whites” dealing with the conditions better on the night to secure a 2-1 win and in doing so moving three points clear at the top of the table. Crewe United Reserves also had a fine win over First Bangor and the three points gained moved them into third place in the table.
 
DIVISION FIVE WEST
In the Western division it was Lisbellaw United who came out on top of the top of the table clash winning at Maiden City with Antrim Rovers Ladies picking up their first points of the season after beating Raceview 2-0. In the Divisions other game there was a win for Mid Ulster Ladies reserves over Draperstown.

NIWFA Weekly Review 25/04/22 to 30/04/22

NIWFA Weekly Review 8 - 14 May

CHAMPIONSHIP
It was a good week for Foyle Belles who became the first team to take points off Larne Ladies this season following a fine 2-0 win thanks to a brace of goals from Ellie Redden. The win sees Foyle draw level at the top of the table with Larne and Ballymena United Women who had no game this week.
 
There was a first win of the season in the Championship for Ballymacash Rangers who defeated Coleraine Ladies 2-0 at the Showgrounds thanks to strikes from Chloe Glover and Melissa Robinson whilst Comber Rec also got their first points on the board with a hard fought 3-2 win at Killen Rangers. Goals in this one came from Lucy Carville (x2) and Heather Kerr for Comber with Killen replying through Lauren McCann and Courtney Stewart.
 
DIVISION ONE
In Division One league leaders Armagh City slipped up at home to Belfast Celtic thanks to two goals from Ursula McCotter a result which saw the Celts move about their hosts and to the top of the table.
Two goals from Erin McCauley and a single strike from Aimee Kerr gained Ballyclare Comrades their first points of the season as they beat Crewe United Ladies 3-2 with Crewe’s goals coming from Caitlyn Mitchell and Nicole Jones whilst Bangor had a comfortable 6-0 home win over Portadown thanks to two goals from Leah Robinson, an og and single strikes from Laura McGimpsey, Abbie King and Jodi Keenan. Highlights from this game are available to view elsewhere on our social media content.
 
DIVISION TWO
In Division Two it’s Kilmore Rec who lead the way as they made it two wins from two games played thanks to a comprehensive win over Ballymena United Seconds.
Camlough Rovers dropped their first points of the season after losing at Ballyclare Comrades Reserves that result leaving the Comrades within one point off the top of the table.
St Oliver Plunkett Ladies remain unbeaten following a hard fought 2-0 win over Ballynahinch United the highlights of which will be available to view shortly on our social media channels. And finally in Division Two Larne Olympic and Banbridge Town drew 1-1
 
DIVISION THREE
Ballymoney United Ladies continue to lead the way in Division three following a third consecutive victory this time against Greenisland FC. Rosario’s victory over Antrim Rovers moves them up into second place with Ambassdors moving up into third following a fine away win at Shamrock Ladies. In the divisions other game this week Banbridge Rangers and Belfast Ravens failed to produce a goal between them in a tight 0-0 draw.
 
DIVISION FOUR
In Division Four Craigavon City and Strabane Athletic both kept up their 100% records with victories over Ballymoney Reserves and Dromara Village respectively whilst Lisburn Ladies returned to winning ways with a victory at Moneyslane a result which sees them move into third place in the standings.
 
DIVISION FIVE EAST
In Division Five East the Futuro Falcons continue to fly high alongside Lisburn Distillery with both sides maintaining 100% winning starts to the season after victories over First Bangor and Crewe United Reserves. These sides meet one another next week. Elsewhere in this division Comber Rec Ladies Reserves defeated Belfast Ravens.
 
DIVISION FIVE WEST
It’s Lisbellaw United and Maiden City Ladies out in front of the western section of Division five with both sides securing comfortable wins over Raceview (forfeit) and Draperstown Celtic respectively with Mid Ulster Ladies also easing home against Antrim Rovers Ladies Reserves.

NIWFA Weekly Review 25/04/22 to 30/04/22

NIWFA Weekly Review 1 - 7 May

CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Larne Ladies and Ballymena United Women made it two wins from two following their second wins of the season earlier this week with Larne scoring a great 2-1 win at St James Swifts thanks to goals from debutant Hollie Johnston and Amanda Morton, the Swift’s consolation coming from Molly White. Meanwhile United comfortably disposed of Comber Rec 11-2 thanks mainly to five goals from Megan Henry who was ably assisted by two goals from Olivia Brown and single goals from Anna Service, Chelsea Millar, Tasha Bamford, and Hannah Firth,. Comber’s consolation goals came from two strikes from Shannon McCullough and there are highlights from this game elsewhere on our social media.
 
Elsewhere Balllymacash are still seeking their first points of the season after losing 2-1 at home to fellow promoted side Foyle Belles following a late Ellie Redden strike on 88 minutes. Before this Katie Stanfield had given Ballymacash the lead only for Foyle’s Caithlin McMahon to level the game.
And finally in the Championship Killen Rangers picked up their first points of the season when they won 4-3 at Coleraine Ladies once again courtesy of late strikes in the 89th and 90th minutes by Lauren McCann. Prior to this Coleraine had led 3-1 through strikes from Chloe Campbell and two from Shairee Nicholl with Killen’s reply also coming from Nicholl albeit on this occasion an own goal. Emma Kee then reduced the deficit to a single goal by making it 2-3 on 71 minutes before those two late winning goals.
 
DIVISION ONE
There was just the one game in Division one this week with Armagh City coming back from a goal behind to defeat Portadown 2-1. Anna Acheson had given the Ports the lead only for goals from Edith McCormick and Megan Bothwell to ensure the visitors’ took the points back to Armagh. The win means Armagh currently lead Division One.
 
BEST OF THE REST
 
Division Two also saw just the one game take place last week with recently promoted Camlough moving to the top of the table following a comfortable 6-1 win over Ballymena United Seconds.
 
Division Three saw comfortable wins for Ballymoney United, Rosario and Ambassadors Ladies with Greenisland also producing a great performance to defeat Antrim Rovers 2-0 at Allen Park. These results see Ballymoney United and Greenisland locked at the top of the standings with both sides on six points.
 
Moving into Division Four Moneyslane bounced back after a heavy loss in their opening game to defeat Dromara Village and in doing so picking up their first points of the season. There were also wins for Craigavon City and Strabane and it’s those two sides who now lead the way in the fourth division.
 
In Division Five East Crewe United Reserves found winning form once again easily disposing of Belfast Ravens Seconds whilst there were also comfortable wins for new sides Futuro Falcons and Lisburn Distillery with those two sides now neck and neck at the top of the standings.
 
And finally in Division 5 West Maiden City and Lisbellaw continue to be the pacesetters following strong victories over Mid Ulster Reserves and Antrim Rovers Reserves respectively. And in the final game of the week an injury time winner from Lauren Bleaks broke Raceview hearts as they lost 3-4 at home to Draperstown Celtic. Highlights from this exciting game are also on our social media.

NIWFA Weekly Review 25/04/22 to 30/04/22

CHAMPIONSHIP
 
St James Swifts got their championship campaign off to a flying start with a comfortable 7-2 win over recently promoted Ballymacash Rangers Ladies thanks to goals from Mollie White, Anna Whibley, Chloe Doak, Amber Dempster, Claire Shaw and a brace from Aimee Johnston. Swifts had led 2-0 only to see Ballymacash level through two well taken Shelly Stothers strikes before the hosts eased back into a winning lead. Video highlights from this game can be found elsewhere on our social media pages.
 
Ballymena United Women also got off to a flying start securing a great 4-0 victory at Killen Rangers thanks to strikes from Chelsea Millar, Hannah Firth and two from recent signing Olivia Brown.
 
And in the leagues other game that was played in week one it was Larne who picked up the points defeating Comber Rec Ladies 4-1 at Inver Park. Goalscorers in this game were, for Larne, Teah Maguire, Amanda Morton, Gerogia Crawford and an own goal with Comber’s sole reply coming from Shannon McCullough.
 
The game between Foyle Belles and Coleraine Ladies was postponed.
 
DIVISION ONE
 
In Division One Lisburn Rangers Ladies look like once again they will be the team to beat as they brushed aside Ballyclare Comrades Ladies 6-0 thanks to goals from Ellie-Mae Dickson x2, Faye Loughran, Eve Reilly, Tierna Bell and Ciara Tumelty. This was Ballyclare Comrades first game since merging with Carnmoney Ladies and although they will have been disappointed with the result they will have been delighted with an attendance of over 200 people who turned up to watch the game.
 
The game between Belfast Celtic Ladies and Crewe United Ladies finished with a 1-1 draw, but Crewe were given a three point deduction and forfeited the match due to fielding ineligible players in the game.
 
In the last game in Division One Armagh City Ladies and Bangor Ladies fought out a thriller with Armagh eventually winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Edith McCormick x 2 and Phillipa Dougan-Toal with the “Seasiders” responses coming from Leah Robinson and Beth Sloan.
 
BEST OF THE REST
 
In Division Two there were wins for two of the promoted sides Camlough Rovers and Kilmore Rec who beat Ballynahinch Ladies and Larne Olympic 2-1 and 3-2 respectively. In the leagues other game Ballyclare Comrades Reserves drew 3-3 with Ballymena United Ladies Seconds.
 
In Division three there were big wins for Ballymoney United and Antrim Rovers over Ambassadors and Belfast Ravens respectively with Greenisland picking up three points on the road as they defeated Rosario 2-1. In the divisions game of the night Shamrock Ladies came back from 4-0 down at Banbridge Rangers to draw 5-5 with highlights from this game also available to view elsewhere on our social media pages.
 
In Division Four Craigavon City Ladies had a big win over Moneyslane as did Strabane Athletic who comfortably dispatched Ballymoney United Reserves. In the Divisions other game Dromara Village and the 22nd Ladies drew 3-3
 
And finally Division Five this season has been split into two regional sections with Futuro Falcons, Lisburn Distillery and Comber Rec Reserves all getting off to winning starts in the Eastern Section and Maiden City, Lisbellaw United and Mid Ulster Reserves doing likewise in the Western section.

2022 League Launch

Thursday 21 April sees the start of the NIWFA 2022 season, sponsored by Electric Ireland.

 
Commenting on the return to play, Valerie Heron, NIWFA Chair, said, “We’re delighted to be able to launch the 2022 season following a record number of new club applications. We are also pleased that new teams in the North and West have entered the league, extending the reach of senior women’s football across the country. We know of course that interest in the game is helped significantly by the success of the Northern Ireland Senior Ladies and our season will break for two weeks in July to coincide with the Women’s Euro Finals.”
 
Anne Smyth, Sponsorship Specialist at Electric Ireland, says continued growth of the NIWFA is heartening but not surprising. “Over the past few years, since Electric Ireland first started supporting the women’s game, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing first-hand the dedication and commitment of NIWFA in driving women’s football forward. It is brilliant that we have both new clubs and 2nd teams taking part in the 2022 season. Every girl and woman involved is part of the Game Changers movement which continues to raise the profile of women’s
football across Northern Ireland as more and more people enjoy the women’s game.”
 
We would like to wish all our teams a successful season ahead and we hope to share many photos of every club from across the season.