Megan Bell (Linfield) and Caragh Milligan (Glentoran) in action during the Irish Cup final (c) Presseye


The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership is in touching distance for Linfield Ladies tonight, as they only need a point against Glentoran to claim the title.

The Blues, managed by Phil Lewis, have been front runners in the Women’s Premiership for the majority of the season and will be looking to add the league trophy to the Women’s League Cup they won back in June against Cliftonville Ladies.

Linfield Ladies will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to tonight’s opponents, Glentoran Women, in the Women’s Challenge Cup final at Windsor Park which seen their dreams of a domestic treble dashed, as the Glens picked up their first Irish Cup since 2012.

Glentoran matchwinner Makyla Mulholland scored twice in the cup final amidst scenes of jubilation for the East Belfast Club. They followed that result up with a comfortable 13-1 victory over Portadown Ladies in midweek, but have lost all three meetings between the sides in the league this season.

Linfield Ladies’ Northern Ireland international Kirsty McGuinness continues to lead the scoring charts with 21 league goals, five ahead of Sion Swifts Ladies’ Aimee Macklin with three games to go. They will also be without a number of injured stars including long term absentees Lauren Perry (goalkeeper) and Alison Smyth (forward).

Needing only a single point from their remaining three matches to clinch their third Danske Bank Women’s Premiership in succession – they face Sion Swifts away (10 October) and Crusaders at home (14 October) after the international break.

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