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Tuesday 10 Jul 2018
Linfield and Cliftonville both hit nine as they ease into cup semi-finals

Northern Ireland international Louise McDaniel grabbed six goals as Linfield Ladies stayed on course for a treble this season.

Last month the Blues, who are currently topping the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership, defeated Cliftonville Ladies 4-1 to lift the Women’s League Cup.

And they are still in the hunt for Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup glory after they defeated Derry City Ladies 9-0 in the quarter-finals of that competition.

Megan Bell, Louise McFrederick and Lauren Robson also got in on the act as the goals flowed against the Candystripes.

Cliftonville Ladies, who are staying in touch with Linfield at the top of the Premiership, also scored nine when they took on Ballymena United Allstars in the cup. The game ended 9-0.

Billie Simpson bagged a first half brace for the Reds and Amber Dempster also scored before the interval.

Leah McEvoy made it 4-0 after the restart and Dempster struck twice to complete her hat-trick.

Substitute Holly Mailey had two goals disallowed but Dempster hit her fourth and McEvoy got the final two for her treble.

Current cup holders Sion Swifts Ladies progressed to the semi-finals of this year's Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup with a powerful 8-0 win against Carnmoney Ladies.

Carnmoney fought bravely after shipping four goals in the opening 25 minutes, not conceding again until midway through the second half, but the Premiership opposition proved too strong for them. The goals for the Swifts came from McDaid (4), Toland (2), McMullan and Boyle-Carr.

Glentoran Women also turned on the power in their last eight tie. They knocked six past Crusaders Strikers, who grabbed a single consolation.

A total of 33 goals were scored across the four quarter-finals.