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Wednesday, 22 May 2019
The Danske Bank Women's Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in gameweek six of the 2019 campaign.
Crusaders Strikers v. Cliftonville Ladies (venue: Seaview; kick-off 8pm)
The first North Belfast derby of the season sees Cliftonville make the short trip to Seaview to take on Crusaders. Both sides are in need of points, with the Reds losing each of their last two league outings while the Crues have lost three in a row in the division.
Both teams have failed to find the net in their respective losing streaks, Cliftonville followed comfortable early season victories at home to Comber Rec. and Derry City with damaging losses at Sion Swifts and Linfield, the latter of which was a five-goal reverse.
Spike Hill's Crusaders have failed to build on an opening day win over Derry with losses against Sion, Linfield and Glentoran.
Recent meetings between these two have been incredibly close and competitive, with three wins apiece and three draws in that time frame.
Derry City v. Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium; kick-off 8pm)
This is a meeting between two sides in contrasting form with Derry City picking up just one point from their opening four league games while Sion are unbeaten in four since their opening day defeat at Linfield.
The Strabane-based side have also defeated the Blues in the Danske Bank Women’s League Cup while recording league victories over Crusaders, Cliftonville and Comber Rec. - hitting the newly-promoted side by a remarkable 10 goals in their most recent fixture.
Derry are yet to find the net this campaign and must surely beak that run if they are to take anything from this clash. Long-term absentees include Naomi McMullan and Caoimhe Walsh, while goalkeeper Naomh Barr is also unavailable but Ella McLaughlin returns.
The Candystripes have two victories from the last five meetings, but their last game against Sion saw them lose 7-0 back in August last season.
Linfield v. Comber Rec. Ladies (venue: New Midgely Park; kick-off 8pm)
Danske Bank Premiership basement side Comber Rec. travel to champions and early league leaders Linfield.
The Blues are yet to concede a goal across four league games this season - of which they have won all - while Comber are yet to find the net in their league fixtures to date.
Winston Kerr managed his 100th competitive game at the helm of Comber on Monday as they edged out Downpatrick 3-2 in the County Antrim Cup quarter-finals.
Kerr has had plenty of successes as the club have risen up through the local pyramid and won last season's Championship and are now looking for their first ever win in the top flight.
Linfield currently hold a two-point lead over both Glentoran and Sion Swifts at the league summit, having played one game fewer than both and will be strong favourites to continue their perfect start here.
|Glentoran Womens FC||9||7||1||1||30||22|
|Sion Swifts Ladies||9||6||2||1||24||20|
|Derry City Ladies||11||1||1||9||-33||4|
|Comber Rec. Ladies||9||0||1||8||-43||1|