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Saturday 03 Oct 2020
Spot on Swifts progress in Electric Ireland Women's Challenge Cup

St. James' Swifts Ladies booked a place in the Third Round of the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup overcoming NIWFA Premier League side Comber Rec. Ladies via a penalty shoot-out at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Swifts took the lead in the fourth minute when two goal hero Molly White pounced on a loose ball and lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box.

Just after the half hour Comber's Lucy Carville finished off a free flowing attack with a great finish from ten yards.

In a keenly contested second half the experienced Amber Dempster put Comber in front on 65 minutes with a fine lob from a great Olivia Brown pass.

Swifts worked hard to pull themselves back into the tie, eventually levelling with 11 minutes remaining when White scored her second courtesy of a calm lob over advancing Comber keeper Leigh Skelton.

This year's competition sees drawn ties go straight to penalties. Swifts scored all five with Comber unfortunate to see their fourth penalty crash off the crossbar.

St James' Swifts will now face a West Belfast derby against near neighbours Belfast Celtic Ladies in the third round on Friday 16th October.

Also through to the Third Round are Lurgan Town Ladies, Mid Ulster Ladies and Lisburn Ladies plus either Belfast Swifts or Bangor Ladies who play on Sunday.