Emma McMaster celebrates with Marissa Callaghan during last week's Danske Bank Women's Premiership fixtures (c) JP McGinley / Derry City Ladies
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
We look ahead to another top week of fixtures in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership in our online preview of gameweek five!
Cliftonville Ladies v Linfield Ladies (venue: Solitude; kick-off: 8pm)
Cliftonville Ladies will host Champions Linfield Ladies at Solitude for a crucial game in the race for the Dankse Bank Women’s Premiership. The Reds come into the fixture full of confidence from last weeks 5-0 thrashing of Derry City Ladies at the Brandywell.
Linfield will be aiming to get back to winning ways following their home defeat to Crusaders Strikers. Both sides will enter this fixture fresh and with no injury concerns. Both teams should enter the fixture well rested as both of their opponents withdrew from Monday nights County Antrim Cup fixtures.
Crusaders Strikers v Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Seaview; kick-off: 8pm)
Top of the table Crusaders face third placed Sion Swifts at Seaview. Crusaders recorded a 2-1 victory away to Linfield last week to top the Danske Bank Women's Premiership. Sion recorded a 6-0 victory over struggling Portadown Ladies. It will be a game of two unbeaten sides at Seaview, both teams have started the season in fine form with no defeats between them.
Sion have a game in hand over the hosts and could potentially top the table if they win and other results go their way. Crusaders have Amy McGivern back from America and Nicole Connonlly returns to the squad from an injury.
Glentoran Womens v Derry City Ladies (venue: Ashfield Boys School; kick-off: 8pm)
Glentoran Women’s will host Derry City Ladies in a mid table battle as 5th host 6th at Ashfield Boys School. Both sides are without a league win this season and will be aiming to correct that on Wednesday. The Glens are at full strength and will be looking to bounce up the table after a rest week last week.
Derry City will be without goalkeeper Molly McBride who picked up an injury in last week’s defeat to Cliftonville and will also be without captain Shannon Dunne who has picked up an injury. The Candystripes are boosted by Gemma McGuiness who returns to the squad.