Wednesday, 15 May 2019
The Danske Bank Women's Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in gameweek five of the 2019 campaign.
Comber Rec. Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Londonderry Park; kick-off 8pm)
Comber Rec. Ladies got their first point of the campaign last week as they held off an onslaught from Derry City to secure a scoreless draw. Winston Kerr's side will be hoping to build on that encounter having previously suffered heavy defeats at Glentoran (6-0) and Cliftonville (7-0). The Championship winners had over 110 fans in attendance last week and will be hoping to build on their remarkable rise.
Sion Swifts Ladies are one of the league's form teams having defeated Cliftonville last time out, building on their League Cup victory over Linfield and comeback draw against Glentoran. The Strabane-based side will be favourites for this clash but will be aware of the tricky nature of the fixture.
These two teams have never previously met competitively.
Glentoran Women v Crusaders Strikers (venue: Ulidia Playing Fields; kick-off 8pm)
Due to annual maintenance work at The Oval, this game between two of the league title favourites will be played at Rosario FC's 3G facility at Ulidia Playing Fields.
Glentoran will be hoping to bounce back from last week's 3-0 reverse at home to Linfield, having also dropped late points at Sion Swifts the previous week. Diarmuid O'Carroll's Glens had won their three matches prior to that by an aggregate scoreline of 18-0.
Crusaders were the side to sit out last week's round of action and Spike Hill's side have been involved in closely-fought, low-scoring games this campaign. In the league they defeated Derry City 2-0 - and repeated this scoreline in their League Cup quarter-final - but lost out to both Sion Swifts (1-0) and Linfield (2-0).
The Glens took seven points from their three league fixtures against the North Belfast side last season, while the Crues have not won in their last nine attempts in the fixture - a run dating back April 2015.
Linfield v Cliftonville Ladies (venue: Midgley Park; kick-off 8pm)
The night's other all-Belfast affair sees Champions and early league leaders Linfield play host to Cliftonville, who have their eyes on this season's title.
The Reds have already defeated Linfield once this season - in the County Antrim Cup - but trail Phil Lewis’ side by three points in the league, due to their defeat last time out at Sion Swifts.
The Blues have also lost to Sion this season in the League Cup, but have won all three of their league games to date - beating Sion, Crusaders and Glentoran to nil, to take early leadership of the standings.
Cliftonville recorded sizable victories at home to both Comber Rec. and Derry City after sitting out the opening round of fixtures and this looks set to be a major test of their title aspirations.
Prior to their early season cup win, the North Belfast outfit had lost nine consecutive matches against the Blues - a run dating back August 2015. These games usually involve plenty of goals too - the last five league meetings have produced a remarkable 34.
|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|