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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAMEWEEK 18 PREVIEW

07 Sep 2021
football
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues on Wednesday night with two matches in gameweek 18 followed by a Friday night clash.
 
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.
 
League leaders Glentoran travel to Linfield on Friday night, two nights after Cliftonville take on Crusaders in a North Belfast derby.
 
Elsewhere, Sion Swifts will be looking to build on last week’s win at the Blues as they host Derry City. 
 
Cliftonville Ladies v Crusaders Strikers
Cliftonville have won all three North Belfast derbies this season by an aggregate score line of 8-2, including a 4-1 home victory almost a month ago.
 
The Reds will go top of the standings if they avoid defeat in this game, with Glentoran travelling to Linfield two days later.
 
Glentoran currently lead the way at the top of the standings due to their superior head-to-head record over John McGrady’s side, but the two sides still must face each other this season.
 
Cliftonville will know that anything less than a victory in this game against the third-placed Crues could deal a huge blow to their title ambitions.
 
Sion Swifts Ladies v Derry City Women
Sion Swifts ended a four-game losing streak as they came from 3-1 down at Linfield last week to triumph 4-3 and they will look to build on that victory here.
 
Sion have won two of the three derby matches against the Candystripes this campaign but needed a late winner to edge the game 2-1 at Melvin earlier this campaign.
 
All six of Derry’s points this season have come at the Brandywell but their players will be fired up for this game against their North West rivals.
 
Linfield Ladies v Glentoran Women (Friday night)
If Glentoran win their remaining three matches - or they draw their remaining game against Cliftonville - they will be champions due to their superior record against the Reds.
 
Billy Clarke’s side have won their most recent six league matches and will be strong favourites against Linfield, who have just four points from their last nine league outings.
 
The Glens dropped points at New Midgely earlier in the campaign in a 1-1 draw, but won the two subsequent league games by an aggregate scoreline of 12-0.