Action from Glentoran Women v Crusaders Strikers in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership this season (c) AM Photography
Monday, 27 May 2019
The semi-finals of the Women’s Premiership League Cup get take place on Monday evening as we preview the two fixtures taking place.
Linfield have won the trophy in each of the last two seasons but were eliminated by Sion Swifts Ladies at this season’s quarter-final stage. That sets the County Tyrone side up for a last four clash against last year’s beaten finalists Cliftonville Ladies, while Glentoran Women host Crusaders in the other semi.
Cliftonville Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Solitude; kick-off 8pm)
This is perhaps the standout tie of the round on the night as last year’s beaten finalists Cliftonville host an in-form Sion Swifts in a semi-final which could go either way.
The Strabane-based side downed the Reds 2-0 in Tyrone in their league meeting earlier this month with Aimee Mackin and Tyler Toland both on target. However, the North Belfast side were firmly on top against Sion last season - taking seven points from their three league meetings.
Cliftonville received a bye through to this stage of the competition while Sion were the story of the quarter-finals as they memorably defeated reigning champions Linfield 2-1 at Midgely Park.
Tony McGinley’s have been bang in-form over their league fixtures too, collecting an impressive 13 points from their last five matches and currently sitting second in the standings - two points behind the Blues having played a game more.
Cliftonville also have defeated Linfield this season, defeating the Blues in the County Antrim Cup but have lost two of their last three league outings - a 5-0 loss at Linfield following a two-goal reverse at Sion.
Glentoran Women v Crusaders Strikers (venue: Ulidia Playing Fields; kick-off 8pm)
Glentoran 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 they will need to avoid complacency here against the Crues.
These two met at the same venue just 12 days previously with the Glens running out comfortable 5-0 victors, having collected just one point from their previous two league games. However, it’s Spike Hill’s Crusaders whose form is much more alarming, having lost each of their most recent four league matches without finding the net.
Indeed, the Crues have not defeated Glentoran in any of the most recent 10 meetings between the sides and the East Belfast side have won each of the last four with an aggregate scoreline of 18-1.
Seven points separate these two in the league standings with each having played just five matches and the Glens are strong favourites to progress through to this season’s final.