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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAMEWEEK 19 PREVIEW

29 Sep 2021
football

The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues on Wednesday night with a full round of matches in gameweek 19 - the penultimate matchday.

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 eyes are on East Belfast where Glentoran will clinch the league title with a win against Cliftonville, with whom they are level on points but have a superior head-to-head record.

The Reds must win to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands - a victory for John McGrady’s side will put them within a point of the title on the final day while a win by five goals or more would see them secure the title on the night.

Elsewhere, Linfield play host to Derry City as Sion Swifts travel to Crusaders.

Glentoran Women v Cliftonville Ladies
Glentoran will complete the successful defence of their league title if they defeat Cliftonville at The Oval, while a draw would see them needing a win against Derry on the final day to clinch the title.

The two teams are on 46 points after 18 games, but the Glens superior head-to-head record means they are in the driving seat for the title.

An away win would see Cliftonville requiring just a point on the final day against Sion Swifts to win the crown, while the Reds would win the title outright - courtesy of their head-to-head record - with a victory of five goals or more at The Oval.

A draw would mean the situation remains in the balance going into the final day, with Cliftonville needing to better the outcome of Glentoran - the latter of whom take on basement side Derry City in their final league game of the season.

The Glens have won two of the three league meetings this season, with Cliftonville’s sole success being an entertaining 4-2 win at Solitude earlier in the campaign - when they came from two goals down to win.

Linfield Ladies v Derry City Women
Linfield have won all 14 previous meetings between the two sides - scoring 88 goals and conceding just three times.

All three Candystripes goals have come this season - in 3-1, 4-1 and 6-1 defeats, in which they took the lead in the first two encounters.

Regardless of results in the final two games of the season, Derry will finish the campaign in sixth spot with Linfield ranking fifth in the standings - as they are currently eight points ahead of Kevin McLaughlin’s side but eight points from fourth-placed Sion.

Crusaders Strikers v Sion Swifts Ladies
Crusaders start this game in third place, three points and six goals better off than Sion Swifts.

The Crues have won all two of the three meetings between the sides this campaign, with the other a 2-2 draw in Strabane, and are unbeaten in six matches in the fixture.

An own goal from Leah McGonagle and strike from Amy McGivern won the most recent meeting between the sides for the Crues.