Glentoran Women represent the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership in this week’s Women’s Champions League action.
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership holders have been pitted against the league title winners of Romania, Olimpia Cluj with the game being staged at the Cluj Arena.
The Glens defeated the same opposition 2-0 in last year’s tournament thanks to goals from Joely Andrews and Chloe McCarron in a match they dominated.
The East Belfast side have bolstered their squad with the signings of Annie Timoney and Kerry Beattie from Celtic and Glasgow City respectively – two stars who departed the East Belfast club for Scotland in the close-season before returning.
A further boost for the club has been the return from long-term injury of Caragh Hamilton, who missed Euro 2022 but is now back to fitness. Although her fellow Northern Ireland international midfielder Sam Kelly continues her recovery process, while Lauren Wade has joined Reading Women.
Billy Clarke’s side will face the Romanian side on Thursday and if they triumph, they will meet the winners of the clash between Maltese champions Birkirkara FC and Bosnian league winners SFK Sarajevo on 21 August, with a third-placed playoff on the same date for the two sides to lose their opening fixtures.