Cliftonville's Marissa Callaghan and Chloe McCarron of Linfield in action (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)
Wednesday, 04 July 2018
It's a World Cup free day so why not take in some local action in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership this evening?
Crusaders Strikers v. Cliftonville Ladies (venue: Seaview; kick-off 8pm)
Crusaders will be boosted by the return of Celine Curtis after her injury wasn't as bad as first feared. Cliftonville will look to bounce back from last Friday's League Cup defeat to Linfield. In the previous league meeting between the sides Crusaders emerged 2-1 winners in a tight and even contest at Solitude. Crusaders will be aiming to keep the winning league form going and remain only one point behind league leaders Linfield.
Linfield Ladies v. Portadown Ladies (venue: New Midgley; kick-off 8pm)
Linfield Ladies will entertain basement side Portadown Ladies at New Midgley. The recently crowned League Cup winners will have a full strength side to pick from and with Ashley Hutton having returned to training she may be available for selection.
Portadown will face the daunting task of travelling to the league champions without Julie Henderson, Marisa Silva, Niamh Ruddy and Rachel Hall who are all unavailable. However, they could have two new signings, Chloe Brown and Kirsty Treanor, on display if their registrations cleared in time.
In the previous league meeting this season Linfield recorded at healthy 11-0 victory at Shamrock Park. The Ports will be aiming for their first point of the season.
Sion Swifts Ladies v Glentoran Women's FC (venue: Darragh Park; kick-off 8pm)
With only two points separating the sides it could well be a tight encounter in the North West. These sides recorded a 2-2 draw in the previous league match up this season.
Sion will have the services of Kendra McMullan, Tyler Tolland and Michelle McDaid who are all available again.
Glentoran will also be looking to get back to winning ways after a 3-0 defeat away to Linfield last Wednesday. The Glens had recorded three straight league victories before the Linfield reversal and had shown signs of consistency.