PREVIEW: WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINALS

The quarter-finals of the Women’s Premiership League Cup get underway on Monday as we preview the two fixtures taking place.

Linfield have won the trophy in each of the last two trophies while last year’s beaten finalists Cliftonville have received a bye to the last four.

Derry City’s tie against Crusaders Strikers at the Limavady Showgrounds will now be played on Monday 6 May.

Glentoran Women v Comber Rec Ladies (venue: The Oval; kick-off 8pm)

In a rerun of the opening game of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership, Glentoran Women will play host to Comber Rec Ladies at The Oval. Kelly Bailie’s hat-trick helped earn a convincing six-goal victory for the Glens that night, with both these sides in sharply contrasting form.

Diarmuid O’Carroll’s girls won 7-0 at Derry City while newly promoted Comber Rec fell to a heavy defeat by the same score line at Cliftonville Ladies. Winston Kerr’s young side lifted the NIFWA Championship title last season to continue their impressive rise through the football pyramid.

The Glens are once again among the favourites for this season’s trophy, having fallen to eventual winners Linfield 2-1 in last season’s semi-finals but will need to avoid complacency here.

Linfield v Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Midgley Park; kick-off 8pm)

This is perhaps the standout tie of the round as reigning champions Linfield Ladies take on Sion Swifts Ladies. This is a repeat of the opening day of the campaign, when Linfield edged out the Strabane-based side 1-0 thanks to Abbie Magee’s first half goal.

However, last season Tony McGingley’s side took more points of Linfield than any other team. Jamaica international goalkeeper Nicole McClure will once again be key for the County Tyrone side, who will be looking to improve on last season’s quarter-final exit to Derry City and who are boosted by last week’s victory over Crusaders.

The Blues will be raring to go having been the team to sit out last week’s Danske Bank Women’s Premiership fixtures.