Linfield win Premier League title for 4th year in a row

Posted : 26th September 2019 at 21:42:55

Congratulations to Linfield Ladies on winning the Danske Bank NIFL 2019 Premier league title - a fourth year in a row when Linfield have been crowned league champions.

The league success ensures qualification for the UEFA champions league in August 2020.

Linfield travelled to the Brandywell needing to win by a 7-0 margin to win the league.

Anything less and the title would have gone to a strong Sion Swifts team who’d already completed their league programme.

Wednesday night’s team line up was as follows

12 - Anna McCleary
5 - Ashley Hutton
8 - Casey Howe
9 - Rebecca Bassett
11 - Kirsty McGuinness
17 - Hayley O’Donnell
18 - Rebecca McKenna
19 - Abbie Magee
25 - Naomi Donnan
26 - Caitlin McGuinness
97 - Chloe McCarron


2 - Mia Fitzsimmons- replaced Casey Howe (79 mins)
3 - Louise McFrederick - replaced Hayley O’Donnell (63 mins)
14 - Cora Morgan - replaced Rebecca Bassett (79 mins)
16 - Clare Timoney
23 - Kirsty Cameron

A dramatic night at the Brandywell unfolded as follows.

3 mins - Caitlin McGuinness crossed for Rebecca Bassett to drill home the opening goal.

9 mins - Caitlin McGuinness crosses for sister and captain Kirsty to head against the bar before bundling the ball over the line with her follow up effort.

12 mins - Kirsty McGuinness chipped the keeper from a wide left position to put Linfield 3-0 ahead.

For the reminder of the half Derry defended stubbornly as Linfield failed to capitalise on a succession of corners to add to the score line.

Half time - Derry City 0 Linfield 3

46 mins - Rebecca McKenna crosses from wide right for Kirsty McGuinness to score her hat trick goal to put Linfield 4-0 ahead.

50 mins - a handball offence leads to a penalty but the spot kick from Kirsty McGuinness is saved.

52 mins - Kirsty McGuinness crosses for Rebecca McKenna to fire home Linfield’s 5th from a wide right position.

62 mins - Casey Howe’s effort is saved on the line by a Derry defender who is red carded. Kirsty McGuinness converts the penalty and Linfield lead 6-0.

63 mins - Louise McFrederick replaces Hayley O’Donnell

65 mins - The Derry goalkeeper is red carded for an incident involving Caitlin McGuinness. A penalty is awarded but the penalty from Kirsty McGuinness rebounds off the post and into the arms of the grateful stand in keeper.

73 mins - the all important decisive 7th goal arrives when Chloe McCarron chips the keeper from a wide right position.

75 mins - Chloe McCarron’s shot is parried by the keeper but the loose ball rebounds off Rebecca Bassett and into the net to put Linfield 8-0 ahead.

76 mins - Rebecca McKenna crosses low for Rebecca Bassett to score her hat trick goal and Linfield's 9th.

79 mins - Cora Morgan replaces Bassett and Mia Fitzsimmons replaces Casey Howe

81 mins - Chloe McCarron crosses for Kirsty McGuinness to score her 5th and Linfield’s 10th of the evening.

Player of the match sponsored by Ronnie Morrison - Abbie Magee

Final score - Derry City 0 Linfield 10

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