In-form Sion edge goalfest at Clandeboye

NIWFA Championship

Bangor FC Ladies 3

Sion Swifts Ladies 4

BANGOR fell to defeat by the odd goal in seven last Wednesday evening when they were beaten 4-3 by Sion Swifts Ladies at Clandeboye Park.

The hosts enjoyed a dream start when an error in the Sion defence allowed Lydia Clarke to slot home on six minutes – a second goal in successive NIWFA Championship games – before Amanda Morton netted her third of the season when she nipped in ahead of the Sion goalkeeper to head home and double the advantage.

Sion then pulled back into the game with two penalties in four minutes. Firstly, after Giulia McLaughlin came off second best in a race for the ball with the Sion forward, a spot kick was subsequently powered into the bottom left to reduce the arrears on 28 minutes.

Then, a handball in the box was appealed for by Sion attackers from a corner, with the referee awarding a second penalty which was also converted to level the duel.

From there, the visitors ground through the gears and took control in the lead-up to half-time, and heading into the interval, two loose balls in the Bangor defence proved their undoing as Sion moved in and netted two quickfire one-on-one goals on minutes 39 and 41 to turn the tide.

Amber Dempster then got Bangor exactly the response the Seasiders needed when hitting a shot in anger on 63 minutes which the Sion goalkeeper just couldn’t stop, and Erin Hennity struck the underside of the upright with a thunderous shot from distance as the clock ticked beyond 90.

But a last-gasp equaliser wasn’t to come and the Swifts left with all three points.