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Wednesday, 24 April 2019
The Danske Bank Women's Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in gameweek two of the 2019 campaign.
Cliftonville Ladies v Comber Rec. Ladies (venue: Solitude; kick-off 8pm)
Cliftonville Ladies were the team to sit out last week's opening round of action in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership but are among the favourites to lift this season's title. They have already defeated Linfield this season with a 1-0 victory in the County Antrim Cup. The Reds boost a star-studded squad, including last season’s Women's Premiership Player of the Year Billie Simpson - their defender and Northern Ireland international.
Comber Rec. Ladies will be hoping to bounce back from their opening day 6-0 defeat at Glentoran - their first ever match in the top flight. Winston Kerr's young side lifted the NIFWA Championship title last season to continue their impressive rise through the football pyramid.
They had started their campaign with a 3-0 win against Ballymacash Young Ladies in the County Antrim Cup but just as in East Belfast last week, will be up against one of the title favourites at Solitude on Wednesday.
Derry City v Glentoran Women (venue: The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium; kick-off 8pm)
Derry City will be hoping to end their miserable record against Glentoran Women in the Danske Bank Womens Premiership - the Candystripes have lost all seven previous meetings against the Glens in the competition.
Kevin McLaughlin's side will welcome back goalkeeper Molly McBride - who missed last week's 2-0 opening day defeat at Crusaders - and whilst Naomi McMullan is back in training, this game may come too early for her. Gemma McGuinness is another doubt for the hosts while Caoimhe Walsh is unavailable for the game.
Kelly Bailie's hat-trick helped propel last season#s runners-up Glentoran Women to a convincing six-goal victory over newly-promoted Comber Rec. Ladies last week, and they will be hopeful of building on this victory. Diarmuid O’Carroll has a full squad to choose from while Makyla Mulholland is back in contention for the Glens.
Sion Swifts Ladies v Crusaders Strikers (venue: Mill Meadow; kick-off 8pm)
This is perhaps the standout tie of Wednesday night in a meeting between two evenly-matched sides who are both regulars in the top flight. The eleven previous meetings between the two reflect the competitiveness of the tie - each side has won on four occasions, alongside three draws.
However, Sion Swifts took seven points from the three league meetings last year but will be looking to bounce back from their opening day 1-0 defeat at Linfield. Jamaica international goalkeeper Nicole McClure will once again be key for the Strabane side, who will be looking to improve on their fifth-placed finish last time out.
Chloe McGlade returns for the hosts after a work placement in Vietnam, but the side are sweating over the fitness of captain Kendra McMullan, who faces a late fitness test after sustaining a quad strain.
Chloe Archibald remains unavailable for Spike Hill's Crusaders, who began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Derry City last week. - the only Northern Ireland international to reach 100 caps - netted last week and remains vital for the experienced Crues.
|Sion Swifts Ladies||18||14||3||1||81||45|
|Glentoran Womens FC||18||11||3||4||48||36|
|Derry City Ladies||18||1||1||16||-73||4|
|Comber Rec. Ladies||18||1||1||16||-125||4|