Linfield progress to League Cup semi-final

Posted : 10th May 2018 at 08:21:31

Linfield Ladies got the defence of their NIFL League Cup trophy off to a great start with a pleasing 7-0 quarter-final win over Crusaders Strikers at New Midgley Park on Wednesday evening.

Kirsty McGuinness got the Blues off to a flying start after 4 minutes with a screaming shot from 25 yards that crashed off the crossbar and flew into the back of the net.

McGuinness again went close a few minutes later, firing a drive just wide of the post after a great ball from Megan Bell.

Crusaders best chance of the game came from a Hamilton free kick to the far post that Beggs just failed to get a decisive touch on. The game was halted for a short time in the 22nd minute due to a clash of heads between former Linfield star Mairead McCann and Linfield’s Rebecca McKenna on the right touchline. After treatment, both players returned to the field with McKenna always a danger down the right.

Linfield increased their lead on 27 minutes with a slide rule pass from Megan Bell finding McGuinness on the edge of the box and she calmly finished. Two minutes later McGuinness saw her rasping drive strike the post.

Right on half time McGuinness turned supplier carving her way past Crusaders defenders before finding Ali Smyth at the back post to stoop low to head past former Linfield keeper Nicole Adams.

Half time Linfield 3 Crusaders 0

The second half was only five minutes old when the pair repeated the act. McGuinness crossed from the left and Smyth hooked the ball into the goal.

On the hour mark captain Sarah Venney sent McKenna clear down the right. The young winger looked up and fired in a perfect cross to Chloe McCarron who made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Linfield continued to pressure Crusaders with Smyth, Bell and Venney all going close. It wasn’t until the 86th minute that the Blues increased their lead. Louise McDaniel released by Bell on the right, drove into the box and calmly slid home from 10 yards.

Linfield weren’t finished yet though, as Lauren Robson chased down a ball on the left. She then cut into the box past a defender, before shifting the ball to her right foot and curling one past Adams into the roof of the net.

All in all, a fantastic result against a very talented Crusaders team.

Final score - Linfield 7 Crusaders 0

The Linfield Team line-up was

1 - Lauren Perry
19 - Abbie Magee
20 - Lauren Robson
14 - Kelsie Burrows
6 - Jennifer McDade
8 - Sarah Venney
97 - Chloe McCarron
7 - Megan Bell
10 - Alison Smyth
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
18 - Rebecca McKenna

Subs

4 - Chelsea Myles - replaced Burrows 62 mins
3 - Louise McFrederick - replaced McGuinness 65 mins
22 - Louise McDaniel - replaced McKenna 65 mins
21 - Debbie McCarthy

Ronnie Morrison sponsored Linfield Player of the Match - Sarah Venney

Many thanks to our ever growing loyal band of supporters and to William Doherty for presenting the POTM award to the club captain.

In the hat for the semi-final draw are Cliftonville, Glentoran and Derry City.

Linfield and Crusaders will meet again next week - same time and same place but different NIFL competition, so why not join the growing number of fans enjoying Wednesday night summer football. A New Midgley Park Welcome and Experience awaits Linfield supporters for the following game.

Wednesday May 16

8pm kick off

New Midgley Park

Danske Bank NIFL Women’s Premier League MD4

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