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The top of the table clash in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership fully lived up to its billing as Cliftonville Ladies recovered from a bad start to beat reigning Champions Glentoran 4-2 and open up a lead of five points.
Glentoran took the lead in the sixth minute through in-form striker Kerry Beattie and just four minutes later, their lead was doubled by Casey Howe. However the Reds were able to get back on track with a stunning spell of goals either side of half time. First, Louise McDaniel scored a crucial goal shortly before half time to bring Cliftonville back into the game ahead of the break and a minute after the restart, Caitlin McGuinness brought them back on level terms. Momentum was now with Cliftonville and Kirsty McGuinness went on to add two further goals to seal a crucial win over their previously unbeaten opponents.
Defeat for Glentoran meant that a win for Linfield would see them move above them into second, which they duly did with a 3-1 victory over Derry City. However, this was a far from straightforward win as the improving Candystripes took the lead just before the hour through Lauren Cregan, after their goalkeeper Clare Friel had saved a first half penalty from Alison Smyth. Derry's lead lasted seven minutes before Rebecca McKenna equalised and a second penalty this time saw Smyth convert from the spot, to put Linfield in front. Katie Dickson sealed the points late on with the third goal.
Sion Swifts meanwhile got themselves off the mark as they shared a 2-2 draw with Crusaders Strikers. A Danielle McDowell penalty and Emily Wilson saw Crusaders twice take the lead but Sion battled back on each occasion, thanks to equalisers from Teegan Lynch and Zara O'Hagan.
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