Champions hit seven on league opener

Published Saturday, 26 April 2014
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Glentoran Belfast United kicked off their defence of the Concentrix Premier League title on Wednesday at The Oval with an impressive 7 - 2 victory over Shankill United Predators.

Champions hit seven on league opener
The Glens' Caldwell scored a brace. (© UTV)

A stunning double by captain Nadene Caldwell coupled with goals from Gail Macklin, Rebecca Bassett and from rising star Demi Vance put the east Belfast side in the driving seat after week one.

Shelley Stothers and Ashley McKee scored the consolation goals for Shankill United Predators.

Nadene Caldwell said: "It was great to get up and going.

"I thought we dominated a lot of the play, two silly mistakes gave them the goal, but I thought we made up for it."

Elsewhere, a strong second half performance from Cliftonville Ladies ensured three points for the Red Army in their first game against the Ballymena Allstars.

The game started slowly with both teams undoubtedly nervous as it was the first competitive match of the season.

Neither side created a clear cut chance and it looked like a well-worked set piece could break the deadlock.

Cliftonville's Marissa Callaghan came closest with some long range efforts but the half finished with no goals scored.

The second half was a different story with Cliftonville coming out strong from the start.

The Reds started to create more chances and it wasn't long into the half when they rattled the woodwork, for the first time.

A free kick from Rachael Cromie just inside the Ballymena half came back off the cross bar and the Ballymena defence managed to clear.

The only goal of the game came with just ten minutes left to play.

Rachael Cromie delivered a superb free kick into the box which allowed Wendy Bailie to get on the end of it and guide it into the back of the net.

The Reds worked extremely hard to hold off the Ballymena attacks after their goal and thoroughly deserved to come away with the three points.

The Dromore Amateur Ladies played host to Linfield Ladies, for their first ever game in the league.

Despite a brave fight the hosts lost 4-1 to the Premiership regulars.

Both teams started a little nervously, and Dromore conceded their first goal within 10 minutes to Ashley Hutton, from a corner.

Midway through the first half, the ball bounced unluckily for Dromore captain Tracy Orr, and Emma McAleese took the opportunity to score Linfield's second.

Early in the second half, Dromore pulled one back, when Amy-Louise Graham scoring from a low Emma Harper corner.

But within five minutes, Kirsty McGuinness fought past Louise Kelly to set up a goal for Debbie McCarthy and in the closing minutes Sarah Venney scored Linfield's fourth.

Concentrix Premier League week one results

Glentoran Belfast United 7-2 Shankill Predators
Dromore Ladies 1-4 Linfield
Cliftonville Ladies 1-0 Ballymena Allstars
Mid Ulster Ladies 1-1 Crusaders Ladies

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Deirdra in Co down wrote (279 days ago):
Delighted to see some coverage of ladies football!!
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