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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: 28th JULY

27 Jul 2021
football
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues on Wednesday night with a full round of matches.
 
Champions Glentoran Women are one point clear at the top of the standings but second-placed Cliftonville Ladies have two matches in hand.
 
The Glens play host to Linfield Ladies - who have lost eight of their last nine games in all competitions - as the Reds travel to North Belfast rivals Crusaders Strikers.
 
After last season’s shortened campaign due to the pandemic, this season sees a full restoration with each of the sides in the top-flight playing each other four times.
 
Elsewhere, Sion Swifts Ladies will be hoping to build on five successive wins in all competitions as they travel to basement side Derry City Women.
 
Derry City Women v Sion Swifts Ladies  
This is the fixture in which Derry City won their only points of the season to date thanks to a 1-0 win earlier in the campaign.
 
Sion got their revenge last month with a narrow 2-1 home victory at Melvin earlier this month - and this game is likely to be another tight contest.
 
Prior to this campaign, Sion had won the last six matches between the two, scoring 42 unanswered goals in the process.
 
After picking up just one point in their opening seven league games, Sion have now won six of their last seven games in all competitions under head coach Ryan McConville.
 
Glentoran Women v Linfield Ladies 
These two sides have shared the last five league titles - Glentoran won last year’s crown to end Linfield’s four-year title streak.
 
The Glens have won eight of their last nine in all competitions and must win here to ensure they stay top over Cliftonville, who have two games in hand.
 
The hosts are unbeaten in the last seven games between the sides and won 3-0 in East Belfast last month after a 1-1 draw at New Midgely Park in May.
 
The Blues have slipped to fifth in the standings and have lost eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.
 
Crusaders Strikers v Cliftonville Ladies 
There’s another derby at Seaview between two of the top three sides in the division.
 
Cliftonville could go top if they win this game and Glentoran drop points but have two games in hand and have won nine of their 10 league outings to date this campaign.
 
That included a 1-0 win at the Strikers back in May, while the Crues sit third with 19 points from their opening 11 fixtures.
 
The Strikers had won the three derbies prior to this campaign - including a sensational 7-0 win at Solitude back in November last season - but the Reds will be up for revenge this time round.