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Wednesday, 07 August 2019
The Danske Bank Women's Premiership continues tonight as we preview the matches in gameweek 15 of the 2019 campaign.
League leaders Linfield are in Champions League action so sit out this round while third-placed Sion Swifts face a tricky test at Cliftonville in the standout fixture of the week.
Cliftonville Ladies v. Sion Swifts Ladies (venue: Solitude; kick-off 8pm)
Marissa Callaghan stepped into the breach of player-manager at Cliftonville last month and produced two excellent results - a 5-1 North Belfast derby win over Crusaders was followed by a 1-1 draw at title-chasing Glentoran.
The Reds will need a similarly high level of performance if they are to get anything against Sion Swifts, who are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season and have only dropped points against Linfield and Glentoran - the top two - thus far.
Goals from Aimee Mackin and Tyler Toland gave Sion a two-goal victory of Cliftonville earlier in the campaign, while they also eliminated Cliftonville from the League Cup with a 3-1 triumph at Solitude. However, Sion lost on both trips to this stadium last season and this is likely to be a finely-balanced tie.
Crusaders Strikers v. Derry City (venue: Seaview; kick-off 8pm)
Crusaders ended a run of four straight league defeats as they defeated basement side Comber Rec 11-0 last week and will look to build on that result against struggling Derry City. Spike Hill’s side have won all of their 12 points to date against teams in the bottom two, and the Candystripes remain second from bottom in the standings.
The Crues were edged out 2-1 by Glentoran in the County Antrim Cup final last month, while they have also lost narrowly to the Glens and Linfield in the league, with a 5-1 North Belfast derby loss at Cliftonville the one disappointing showing recently.
Derry have lost each of their last two league games - against Sion Swifts and Linfield - by an aggregate of 16-0 and will once more likely find the going tough here.
A double from Amy McGivern and strike from Amanda Morton gave the points to the North Belfast side at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium earlier this campaign, when Lauren Cregan netted for the hosts.
Glentoran Women v. Comber Rec. Ladies (venue: Ulidia Playing Fields; kick-off 8pm)
Glentoran will be aiming to take advantage of Linfield not playing this week to close the gap at the top to just two points with victory over Comber Rec. The East Belfast side will be aware they also are 17 goals worse off than their fierce Belfast rivals on goal difference and will be aiming to record a big victory here.
The Glens have already lifted the League Cup and County Antrim Cup trophies this season but they have eyes on the league title, while visiting Comber have picked up just one point in the league this season and have conceded 24 times across their past two league matches.
Glentoran have defeated Comber in all three matches this season - two in the league and one in the League Cup - by an aggregate scoreline of 15-0.
|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|