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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAME WEEK ONE PREVIEW

25 Aug 2020
football

The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership gets underway tonight as we preview all the matches in game week one of the 2020 campaign.

With just ten match days across the campaign, every point counts and every side will be keen to get off to a winning start.

Derry City Women v Sion Swifts Ladies
Derry head into the new campaign under the radar and as an unknown quantity, but Kevin McLaughlin’s side are always competitive and will look to pull off a shock win over title hopefuls Sion Swifts.

The Strabane-based side missed out on last season’s league title on the final day but are hopeful for a first ever league triumph this time round with their new-look squad headed by McGuinness sisters Kirsty and Caitlin, both signed from Linfield.

This is a derby match and Sion won both of the most recent encounters from last season by a landslide aggregate win of 20-0, but games between the two have traditionally been close fought and tense.

Sion only scrapped a 1-0 win at the Brandywell last May and have just two victories in their last five trips to the stadium.

Linfield Ladies v Crusaders Strikers
Linfield have won four league titles in a row but have seen a host of star players depart over the course of the past year and will find it a battle to retain their crown.

They face a potential banana skin in the opening encounter as they host a Crusaders side who will be confident of bettering their fifth-place finish last season.

The Crues ended last season with three successive victories but have lost each of their last five games against the South Belfast side in a run dating back to May 2018.

Last year, Spike Hill’s Crusaders led 2-1 at Midgley going into the closing stages before a heartbreaking defeat and will be hoping that experience spurs them on to go a step better this time round.

Cliftonville Ladies v Glentoran Women
There is another all-Belfast clash in North Belfast with last season’s fourth-placed Cliftonville playing host to Glentoran, who will be hopeful of breaking into the top two this campaign.

The Glens have dominated this encounter in recent times, winning six of the last seven meetings although the Reds rescued a draw late on in a league clash last season at The Oval - a result which derailed the East Belfast side’s title ambitions.

If Glentoran are to build on finishing third then they will need to get off to a strong start and put last season’s faltering finish - when they collected just four points from their final four games - behind them.