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Womens Premiership

WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP: GAMEWEEK 9 PREVIEW

10 Aug 2022
football

The first full round of fixtures in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership following the mid-season break to accommodate Euro 2022 takes place on Wednesday night.

Last week, the league returned as Linfield Ladies and Glentoran Women recorded four-goal victories at Mid Ulster Ladies and Lisburn Ladies respectively.

The two Belfast giants clash on Wednesday at Midgely Park and a win would take the Glens – who have played a game more – top of the league above Cliftonville Ladies, should the Reds lose their North Belfast derby against Crusaders Strikers at Seaview.

The other two fixtures sees Mid Ulster Ladies host Sion Swifts Ladies as Derry City Women travel to Lisburn Ladies.

Linfield Ladies vs Glentoran Women, Midgley Park, 7.45pm
Glentoran Women have won each of the past four meetings between the sides with an aggregate scoreline of 28-1 but expect this game to be much closer.

Earlier this season, Casey Howe and Lauren Wade – who has subsequently joined Reading Women – both netted twice in a 7-1 victory for the Glens, but just five points separate the sides after eight rounds of action.

Both these sides recorded four-goal victories last time out and spirits will be high.

Mid Ulster Ladies vs Sion Swifts Ladies, Mid Ulster Sports Arena, 7.45pm
These sides have met just once in the top-flight when Sion Swifts Ladies ran out three-goal victories in their meeting earlier in the campaign.

Cora Chambers, Aimee Durn and Naomi McLaughlin were all on target for Sion, who won the Women’s Premiership League Cup over the summer break from league action.

Crusaders Strikers v Cliftonville Ladies, Seaview, 8pm
Cliftonville Ladies have won all seven of their league games, scoring 33 games and conceding just twice, while Crusaders Strikers have 13 points from their opening seven matches.

Cliftonville won the meeting at Solitude in May with Caitlin McGuinness netting twice and Marissa Callaghan and Toni-Leigh Finnegan also scoring after Amy McGivern had given the Crues a second-minute lead.

The Reds won all four matches between the two sides last season with an aggregate scoreline of 10-3 but the Crues had won each of the three meetings prior to that.

Cliftonville will be favourites for this tie but Jonny Tuffey’s side are notoriously difficult to beat and this will be a huge early test for both sides.

Lisburn Ladies v Derry City Women, Bluebell Stadium, 8pm
The only previous top-flight meeting between the two sides saw a scoreless draw played out in May with Lisburn Ladies missing a late penalty.

These two sides are well-matched, with just two points separating them – with Derry City Women a solitary point ahead of basement side Mid Ulster Ladies.