Womens Premiership


24 Sep 2019

The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership concludes tonight as we preview the matches in gameweek 21 of the 2019 campaign. 

All eyes will be on the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, with Linfield needing to win by seven goals at Derry City to lift the title. Sion Swifts - who are not in action this week - will win their first ever league should the Blues not meet that threshold.

Cliftonville Ladies v. Glentoran Women (venue: Solitude; kick-off 8pm)

Glentoran have completed a treble of trophies this season - winning the County Antrim Cup, League Cup and lifting the Irish Cup on Saturday, defeating Linfield in the showpiece.

However, their league campaign has been a little underwhelming and they will finish the season in third, with Cliftonville one place further back in fourth.

The Glens have won each of their last three trips to Solitude but the Reds did earn a draw in their last match against the East Belfast outfit - when Marissa Callaghan netted a last-minute equaliser.

Comber Rec. Ladies v. Crusaders Strikers (venue: Londonderry Park; kick-off 8pm)

Comber Rec. know that a defeat here will mean they end the season in bottom spot and be relegated in their first season in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership. Winky Kerr’s side must better Derry City’s result against Linfield to stand a chance of avoiding the bottom spot.

They face a Crusaders side who are ending the season in excellent form and who are coming off the back of successive league victories over Glentoran and Cliftonville.

The Crues won both games between the two earlier in the season by comprehensive 5-0 and 11-0 scorelines respectively.

Derry City v. Linfield (venue: Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium; kick-off 8pm)

Linfield go into this game knowing that it is all or nothing for them. If they win by seven clear goals they win their fourth successive league title and triumph in the most competitive top flight in years.

Should they not achieve this, they will end the season trophyless - with Sion Swifts instead lifting the title - as they also lost out in Saturday’s Irish Cup final against Glentoran.

The Blues have won the combined previous eight meetings by an aggregate scoreline of 54-0 and they triumphed 9-0 in the last meeting, but the two previous games prior to that ended 3-0. Derry know that if Comber get a point or more against Crusaders and they lose, they will be relegated.