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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: GAMEWEEK 15

10 Aug 2021
football
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues on Wednesday night with the 15th round of action.
 
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.
 
All six sides are in action tonight with including a Belfast derby between Crusaders Strikers and Linfield Ladies at Jordanstown.
 
Glentoran Women will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the standings as they travel to Derry City Women, while Cliftonville Ladies will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s defeat against the Glens as they host Sion Swifts Ladies.
 
Derry City Women v Glentoran Women  
This game sees the top side face opposition at the foot of the table as Glentoran travel to Derry.
 
The East Belfast side are four points clear of Cliftonville - who have two games in hand - at the top of the standings and have the pressure of needing to win here to maintain their current cushion.
 
The Glens have won all 13 previous meetings between the two sides, including an 8-2 triumph at the Brandywell back in May - a game in which Rachel Rogan netted a hat-trick.
 
Cliftonville Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies 
Both these sides will be looking to bounce back after slipping to defeats against Glentoran and Crusaders respectively last week.
 
Sion had won each of the last six meetings between the clubs prior to this season but the Reds have picked up six points from the two games this time round, including a 3-1 win at Sion in June.
 
36 goals have flown in across the past 10 matches between these two - expect a few more at Solitude. 
 
Crusaders Strikers v Linfield Ladies
Both these sides picked up morale-boosting wins last week, as the Crues won 2-0 at Sion as a Keri Halliday hat-trick fired Linfield to a 6-1 win at the Brandywell over Derry.
 
The hosts will be favourites to win here due to their nine-point cushion over the Blues with a game in hand, and they have won both meetings between the two this campaign - an Emily Wilson double helping them to a 3-1 victory in South Belfast in June.
 
Prior to this season Linfield had won the last eight meetings between the two sides but recent results suggest it will be a tough battle for them at Jordanstown.