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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: WEEK SIX PREVIEW

02 Jun 2021
football
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues on Wednesday night with the sixth 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 the most anticipated game arguably the Belfast derby between Linfield Ladies and table-topping Cliftonville Ladies at New Midgely Park.
 
Elsewhere, Derry City Women will be looking to carry on their improvement this season at home to Crusaders Strikers - fresh from a victory over the Blues last week - while Glentoran Women will be hoping to build on last week’s win at the Brandywell as they host Sion Swifts.
 
Derry City Women v Crusaders Strikers  
Derry City are much-improved this season and have now scored five in their last four matches - although last week’s 8-2 reverse at home to Glentoran was a disappointment. 
 
The Crues have picked up seven points from their opening five games with last week’s 1-0 win over Linfield the highlight of their campaign so far. 
 
The Strikers have won all 12 previous encounters between the sides - including a 4-1 triumph at Seaview earlier this campaign - by an aggregate scoreline of 36-5. 
 
However, the Candystripes now possess a real goal threat and will be aiming for their second home victory of the campaign. 
 
Glentoran Women v Sion Swifts Ladies 
The Glens won 8-2 at Derry last week while Sion were edged out 1-0 at home by Cliftonville - meaning they have now failed to score in four of their five league games to date. 
 
The hosts will be strong favourites for this clash but will be wary of slipping up having recently lost at Solitude and been held by Linfield in the division. 
 
Sion are on the lookout for their first away points of the campaign and despite the 3-0 reverse against the Glens earlier this season, have won three of the last four meetings between the pair. 
 
Linfield Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies 
Cliftonville’s 3-2 win over Linfield last month was one of the closest and most exhilarating encounters of the campaign to date, with this clash promising to be another great game. 
 
The Blues will be looking to build on their sluggish start to the campaign - they trail the Reds by eight points have collected just seven points from their opening five fixtures. 
 
John McGrady’s side lead the way with five wins from five but will be aware they are now entering a crucial period of the season where there title ambitions will be put to the test.