WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP LEAGUE CUP: QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW

The Women's Premiership League Cup kicks off tonight with the quarter-finals as Linfield Ladies start of the defence of their trophy.

Glentoran Womens FC v Portadown Ladies (venue: Ashfield Boys School; kick-off: 8pm)

Glentoran Womens will host Portadown Ladies at Ashfield Boys School in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. The Glens will enter this tie as favourites having opened up the league campaign with two more points than Portadown. The Ports are boosted by the signing of Jemma Calvin who makes the transfer from Ambassadors in Portadown. The Mid Ulster side however will be without Aine Hoye, Niamh Ruddy, Kirsty Ashe and Rachel Hall who are unavailable.

Linfield Ladies v Crusaders Strikers (venue: Midgley Park; kick-off: 8pm)

In the tie of the round Linfield Ladies will welcome Crusaders Strikers to the revamped Midgley Park. Linfield sitting perfect in the league will know Crusaders will test them, the last four league meetings between the sides have produced low scoring draws. Linfield however did triumph in the County Antrim Cup winning in a penalty shootout against Crusaders.

Holders of the League Cup, Linfield Ladies, will be at full strength for this fixture. The visitors, travel across the City having signed Hayley O’Donnell from Sion Swifts. Last year the Crues where defeated 3-2 by Newry City Ladies in the semi final and will be aiming to go further in this year's competition.

Derry City Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Brandywell; kick-off: 8.15pm)

Derry City Ladies will host Sion Swifts Ladies at The Brandywell. These sides will meet again not long after Sions 3-0 victory over The Candystripes in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership. After a week off last week, Derry should be buzzing for what should be a very competitive cup-tie. Rachel Barnaby is ruled out for the home side and Gemma McGuiness, Caoimhe Walsh and Niamh Connolly will all require late fitness tests and remain doubtful.