Women's League Cup: Glentoran lift trophy with quickfire double from Demi Vance

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Vance the match-winner as Glens defeat Swifts in final

Glentoran Women lifted the Women's League Cup as a quickfire Demi Vance double saw them beat Sion Swifts Ladies 2-0 in the final at Seaview.

Vance's goals came in the 76th and 77th minutes to secure a deserved win for the Glens who edged the match against an under-strength Swifts side.

The midfielder had a first-half penalty saved by Nicole McClure after Rachel Rogan was fouled by Tasmin McCarter.

Zoe McGlynn came closest for the Swifts with a half-volley on the hour.

The east Belfast outfit made a strong start to the game and were on top for the opening half hour, with Vance's penalty one of a number of opportunities they had to take the lead.

However, when the opening goal arrived 14 minutes from time, the game was finely poised and looked like heading to extra-time.

Rogan showed good movement to get on the end of a fine left-wing cross from substitute Samantha Kelly, but her downward header came back off the post.

Vance was alive to drill home the rebound with her left foot despite Jamaican international McClure getting her hands to the shot.

Within seconds of the restart, Makyla Mulholland played Vance through and the Northern Ireland international showed great composure to slot a low shot past McClure.

Rogan's running causes Swifts problems

The Glens got their hands on the first piece of silverware of the women's season
The Glens got their hands on the first piece of silverware of the season

Rogan has been in fine form up top for the Glens and she was certainly in the mood for this final, with her clever movement and strong running a major threat to the Swifts' back four.

She delivered a fine cross from the right which Kelly Bailie failed to control before she showed neat footwork to turn inside stand-in skipper McCarter and win the penalty in the 13th minute.

Vance's left-foot spot kick was a tame effort and McClure, who played for Jamaica in the World Cup last week, dived to her right to save easily.

Rogan continued to threaten and just failed to get on the end of a Vance cross, then on 24 minutes she got her angles wrong and poked the ball wide when she had space in the box.

Under-strength Swifts grow into the game

Glens skipper Jessica Foy lifted the trophy for Billy Clarke's side
Glens skipper Jessica Foy lifted the trophy for Billy Clarke's side

The Swifts had a number of key players missing for the final, with McCarter having to take the armband as regular captain Kendra McMullan was attending her sister's wedding.

Northern Ireland international Claragh Connor and Teegan Lynch were also missing with long-term injuries as the Strabane outfit aimed to lift the second major trophy in the club's history.

They found it difficult in the early stages, with the central defenders struggling to get to grips with Rogan and their attacking players unable to impose themselves on the match.

However, Tony McGinley's side grew into the game, with Ciara Grant driving from midfield and Kelly Brown almost getting in down the left before Glens keeper Emma Higgins came out to clear the danger.

Their best effort came 15 minutes into an evenly-matched second half when a searching diagonal ball from Tyler Toland found McGlynn and she forced Higgins into a smart save at her near post with a well-struck half-volley.

Both sides are in Irish Cup action on Monday, with the Swifts away to Linfield Ladies and the Glens playing Cliftonville Ladies at Solitude.