Linfield lost tonight’s League Cup tie 2-1 to Sion Swifts at New Midgley Park.
The visitors took the lead in the 3rd minute and in a fast and furious, end to end opening 20 minutes, Linfield came close to an equaliser - first of all when Megan Bell’s strike came crashing off the crossbar and secondly, when Abbie Magee shot just wide of the post when one on one with the keeper, after being put in the clear by a clever back header by Kirsty McGuinness.
On 25 minutes, the physically strong Sion team doubled their lead following a short corner routine.
Half time - Linfield 0 Sion 2
Linfield grew stronger as the game wore on but despite controlling most of the second half, couldn’t break down a stubborn Sion rearguard.
Megan Bell burst towards the box but shot just wide of the far post and in attempts to add additional firepower, Louise McDaniel and Rebecca Bassett replaced Caitlin McGuinness and Casey Howe.
A great right wing cross from Rebecca McKenna narrowly evaded the onrushing Kirsty McGuinness.
In the final minute Megan Bell got on the end of a deep Kirsty McGuinness free kick and bundled the ball into the net but the goal turned out to be consolation, as Linfield lost their grip on the League cup trophy, after a two year spell as cup holders.
Final score - Linfield 1 Sion 2
Team line up
1 - Lauren Perry
18 - Rebecca McKenna
25 - Naomi Donnan
14 - Kelsie Burrows
16 - Clare Timoney
7 - Megan Bell
19 - Abbie Magee
24 - Casey Howe
26 - Caitlin McGuinness
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
97 - Chloe McCarron
22 - Louise McDaniel - replaced Caitlin McGuinness
9 - Rebecca Bassett - replaced Casey Howe
2 - Mia Fitzsimmons
23 - Kirsty Cameron
Linfield return to league action in an 8pm kick off against Crusaders at Seaview on Wednesday evening.