Ladies hit Ballymena for six to inflict first defeat on Braidwomen

By Lewis Bennett

BANGOR FC Ladies returned to winning ways in the NIWFA Championship on Sunday afternoon with a stylish 6-1 victory over Ballymena United Women at a sunny Clandeboye Park.

Chris Dougan’s side had lost out on penalties when the teams met at Warden Street in the NIWFA Championship Cup a few weeks ago, but braces by top goalscorer Amber Dempster and the prolific Janine Jess followed earlier strikes by teenager Emi Wynne and Leah Robinson to see the Seasiders get back in their stride in the league – following the 5-4 home reversal to Ballyclare Comrades Ladies 11 days previously.

It was impressive teenager Wynne who broke the deadlock with her third goal of the season on 19 minutes, and the lead was swiftly doubled from 20 yards out by Robinson six minutes later.

In-form midfielder Jess was then on target on the half-hour mark before Dempster added a fourth midway through the second half to increase Bangor’s cushion.

Ballymena then pulled one back with four minutes remaining through Ellen McClure, but Jess bagged her second – and sixth for the campaign – seconds later to restore the hosts’ four-goal advantage before Dempster put the final flourish on the contest in added time with the Yellows’ sixth of the afternoon.