Late drama as Blues hit top spot - and Reds star makes it a double at the Brandywell

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Marissa Callaghan - struck twice. Pic: AMMG Sports/ChrisScott

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Linfield returned to the top of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership in dramatic fashion as two late goals saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Crusaders.

Spike Hill’s Crues had twice taken the lead at New Midgley Park through Jessica Rea and Amy McGivern, with a brief leveller from Blues captain Kirsty McGuinness sandwiched in-between.

However, substitutes turned the game in Linfield’s favour late on with Casey Howe levelling before Caitlin McGuinness - sister of Kirsty - gave the Blues a late and decisive lead.

Phil Lewis’s side are now back on top of the table as they move three points clear of Glentoran who do not play this week ahead of their League Cup final with Sion Swifts on Friday night.

Cliftonville strengthened their grip on a top four spot as they ran out 2-0 victors at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium against Derry City.

The Candystripes have just one point and one goal from their opening nine league games and were without a raft of first-team players for the visit of the Reds.

Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan was again the star for the North Belfast side, netting goals either side of the break.











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