ELECTRIC IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP
The return to Championship football this week threw up one massive shock as league leaders Ballymena United were trounced 7-1 by St James Swifts in a result which saw Larne ladies draw level with United at the top of the league standings. St James were in devastating form as they inflicted United’s biggest league defeat of the season thanks to goals from Cathy Kelly (x 2), Siobhan Bell (x 2 ), Claire Shaw, Rachel Dennison and an og from Chelsea Millar. United’s consolation came from Megan Henry.
As already stated Larne Ladies made the most of United’s slip up to move level at the top of the Championship table after defeating fellow league challengers Foyle Belles 4-0 at Inver Park through goals from Leola McErlane (x 2), Teah Maguire and Francesca Agnew. Foyle now find themselves three points behind joint leaders Larne and Ballymena United.
At the other end of the table Coleraine Ladies continue to struggle although they battled hard before eventually losing 0-4 to Ballymacash Rangers with the goals in that one coming from a Tracy Orr double and strikes from Deborah McCarthy and Chloe Glover. Highlights from this game will be online over the weekend.
And in the Championships final game this week Killen’s long journey to Comber Rec was worthwhile as they won 2-1 thanks to a late strike from Emma Kee on 85 minutes. Earlier on in the game Lucy Carville had given the hosts the lead only for Lauren McCann to level for the visitors.
ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION ONE
League leaders Lisburn Rangers had no game this week with nearest placed Ballyclare Comrades making the most of this situation to close the gap at the top of the table to three points following a comfortable win over Crewe United Ladies. In the divisions other games Belfast Celtic won at home to Armagh City with Bangor Ladies also picking up three points after a win over strugglers Portadown Ladies.
ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION TWO
It’s as you were in Division two with the two pace setters Kilmore Rec and Camlough Rovers both winning their respective games against Ballymena Utd Reserves and Ballyclare Comrades Reserves. In the divisions other scheduled game Larne Olympic were awarded a walk over with the net outcome from this week meaning Kilmore are six points clear from Camlough at the top of the table although the Co Down based side do have a game in hand. The top two meet one another this incoming week.
ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION THREE
League leaders Ballymoney United continued to show their class with a thumping win over Greenisland Ladies at Glenkeen Avenue and their week was made even better as their nearest challengers Antrim Rovers and Rosario could only pick up one point each as they battled out a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere there were comfortable wins for Belfast Ravens and Ambassadors Ladies.
ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION FOUR
There were wins for each of the top three in Division Four as Craigavon City defeated Ballymoney Reserves, Lisburn Ladies Swifts defeated Moneyslane and Strabane were awarded a walk over victory. Craigavon now lead this division by nine points although second placed Strabane do have a game in hand.
ELECTRIC IRELAND DIVISION FIVE
Division Five returned this week with a new format as the top three sides from the Eastern and Western sections combined to form Division A with the lower three sides from each section making up Division B. The sides now play each other once more to decide the eventual league winners.
Getting off to a great start in Division A were Lisburn Distillery Ladies, Lisbellaw and Maiden City all of whom picked up three points in their opening games. Lisbellaw and Distillery are both unbeaten so far in their respective leagues this season but with the two sides due to meet next week something will have to give. Maiden City’s victory over Mid Ulster Ladies reserves will feature online on our highlights shortly.
Meanwhile in Division 5B there were wins for Draperstown Diamonds, Comber Rec Reserves and First Bangor Ladies.
PWC SUPER CUP QUARTER FINALS
And finally this week there were also two PWC Super Cup quarter finals played early in the week with all credit to third division Antrim Rovers who pushed Championship side Foyle Belles all the way to extra time before eventually succumbing to a goal from Ellie Redden in the 103rd minute of play. Larne Ladies won the other quarter final played this week defeating St Oliver Plunkett 3-1.
The draw for the semi-finals saw Larne Ladies drawn at home to Foyle Belles with Lisburn Rangers at home to St James or Ballyclare Comrades.