Linfield record pleasing 5-0 league win
Posted : 18th May 2017 at 10:56:39
Linfield Ladies made the long trek to Castlederg for the second week in a row to take on Sion Swifts - this time in a league game after last week's Irish Cup game.
Linfield came away with a very pleasing 5-0 win courtesy of goals from Alison Smyth (3), Kirsty McGuinness and Lauren Robson.
The team line up was
1 - Lauren Perry
4 - Sarah Haddock
16 - Louise McFrederick
25 - Jennifer McDade
5 - Ashley Hutton
6 - Sarah Venney (c)
12 - Megan Bell
20 - Lauren Robson
17 - Leontia McVarnock
10 - Alison Smyth
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
23 - Debbie McCarthy - replaced Kirsty McGuinness
Linfield started on the front foot and came close to opening the scoring in the 5th minute. A terrific cross ball from Alison Smyth sent Megan Bell on the chase, wide on the right. Megan got to the ball just before the keeper but her flick past the onrushing keeper went just inches wide of the far post.
5 minutes later, Smyth again sent Bell clear wide right with another terrific crossfield pass. This time Bell pulled the ball back and although the keeper got a touch, there was no one in the right place to pick up the loose ball.
Linfield continued to press and on 15 minutes a great shot from Alison Smyth went just over the cross bar and a minute later, Kirsty McGuinness picked up the ball in midfield and drove forwards but her shot from wide left found the side netting.
Linfield's pressure paid dividends with the opening goal in the 20th minute. A tantalising right wing free kick from Kirsty McGuinness was met by a glancing header from Alison Smyth whose deft touch found the net to put Linfield 1-0 ahead.
Linfield doubled the lead in the 44th minute when Alison Smyth released Kirsty McGuinness who from a wide left angle, drilled the ball low across the keeper and into the far corner of the net to put Linfield 2-0 ahead.
Linfield came close to adding a third in first half injury time. Megan Bell's low right wing cross was met sweetly by Lauren Robson but her first time drive curled agonisingly just beyond the upright of post and crossbar.
Half time Sion Swifts 0 Linfield 2
On 50 minutes, Linfield went 3-0 in front. A neat flick from Alison Smyth sent Lauren Robson bursting through the middle and she had the strength to hold off the defender and stab the ball past the onrushing keeper with a very neat finish.
In the 52nd minute Linfield had strong penalty claims when Alison Smyth's burst into the 6 yard box was floored when she appeared to be upended by a defender but the referee waved play on.
Linfield still pressed forward and on the hour mark Leontia McVarnock released Smyth clear in the box but her strike on goal was denied by a covering defender who got back in the nick of time to deflect the shot behind for a corner. Megan Bell's resultant corner found the head of Louise McFrederick but her header was deflected behind for a corner.
On 62 minutes Sarah Venney's shot from distance was deflected behind for a corner, taken by Megan Bell and from which Jennifer McDade's close range header was scrambled off the line by a grateful and overworked hone defence.
A delightful goal from Alison Smyth made it 4-0 on 70 minutes. She received a throw in from Louise McFrederick wide left, controlled the ball before turning inside and curling a delicious shot into the far top corner of the net.
Debbie McCarthy was a 78th minute sub for Kirsty McGuinness.
Linfield competed the scoring on 84 minutes. A left wing corner from Megan Bell was headed into the net by Alison Smyth for her hat trick and Linfield's 5th goal to round off a most impressive all round team display.
Player of the match - despite strong claims for Ashley Hutton and Lauren Robson, it has to be Alison Smyth for a powerful, goal scoring and goal assisting display.
Final score - Sion Swifts 0 Linfield 5
Next week it's a Linfield / Crusaders double header.
Monday May 22 - Rathmore grammar school at 7.30pm
County Antrim FA Cup
Linfield v Crusaders
Wednesday May 24 - Seaview at 7.30pm
Danske Bank NIFL Premier League
Crusaders v Linfield