In a top-against-bottom Senior League Section 1 clash, Portadown Ladies proved to be too strong for the Ballyclare girls at Foundry Lane.
In former years Portadown were one of the top clubs in Northern Ireland, and by their standards they have endured a lean spell recently, but are now making strides towards regaining their Premier League status.
Three up at the break they strolled to a convincing 4-1 win against Suzanne Dickey’s girls, and now sit at the top of the table with maximum points from their first three outings.
Sara Coulter in the home goal was much busier than her opposite number, and on one occasion she was glad to have Jaquie Hanley on the line to somehow deflect the ball from under the crossbar with her stick, to prevent a certain score.
Ballyclare tackled crisper and marked more closely in a more evenly contested second session, and managed to pull one back, when left-sided midfielder, Lorraine Ashcroft, advanced to collect a pass from Dickey and smash the ball in to the bottom corner of the net.
Portadown will be hard to beat this season and only fine defensive play by Gillian McMaw and Louise Holmes prevented a heavier defeat.
Ballyclare Ladies: S Coulter; C McGookin, J Hanley, G McMaw, L Holmes, J (Cooke) Fox, C Darragh, V White, L Ashcroft, K Bell, S Dickey, K McLeod, D Wallace.
The seniors have no game this weekend, but they were scheduled to play their rearranged Senior Cup fixture with Ballymena on Wednesday evening at Foundry Lane.
The 2nd XI lost 3-0 in Mossley where Kerri Glenn starred in defence, with superb tackling and clearances in a Junior League Section 2 fixture.
Up front, Jordan Jones and Dee Wallace threatened the home defence from time to time without success, while Janice Wilson worked industriously in midfield.
The 3rd XI travelled to Banbridge with only ten players and lost heavily, 10-2, to Banbridge III in a Junior League Section 7 fixture. The Clare goal scorers were Lana Robb and Danielle Steele.
This weekend’s fixtures: 2nd XI v Randalstown III, away; 3rd XI v Derg Valley II, home.