The Belfast 'Big Two' do battle for the first time in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership this season (c) Presseye
Wednesday, 08 May 2019
The Danske Bank Women’s Premiership continues tonight as we preview all the matches in gameweek four of the 2019 campaign.
Comber Rec Ladies v Derry City (venue: Londonderry Park; kick-off 8pm)
This is a clash between two sides desperately in need of points - neither have picked up a point yet, although the hosts have played one game fewer.
Winston Kerr’s team have lost each of their opening two league fixtures in the top flight having won last year’s Championship title; defeated 6-0 at Glentoran and 7-0 at Cliftonville, while they also went down 5-0 in their League Cup quarter-final at the Glens last week.
Just like the hosts, Derry are yet to pick up a point or a goal through their opening fixtures - Monday night’s 2-0 home defeat against Crusaders in their League Cup quarter-final followed on from league defeats against Crusaders, Glentoran and Cliftonville.
These two teams have never previously met competitively but both will be eyeing their first points of the campaign in this clash.
Glentoran Women v Linfield (venue: Ulidia Playing Fields; kick-off 8pm)
Due to annual maintenance work at The Oval, this game between two of the league title favourites will be played at Rosario FC's 3G facility at Ulidia Playing Fields.
This is the first true heavyweight clash of the campaign with Glentoran topping the table but Linfield just one point behind having played one game fewer.
Diarmuid O’Carroll’s Glens dropped their first points of the campaign last time out as two late goals from Sion Swifts held them to a 2-2 draw in Strabane, having won their previous three games to an aggregate score line of 18-0.
The Blues have played just two league games to date and whilst they have a 100% record - securing wins over Crusaders Strikers and Sion Swifts Ladies - but have already exited the Danske Bank Women’s League Cup and the County Antrim Shield.
Linfield triumphed in four of the five meetings between the sides last season, including all three league fixtures, but lost out in the Irish Cup final against the Glens.
These games usually have no shortage of action - 24 goals flew in across last season’s meetings.
Sion Swifts Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies (venue: Melvin Sports Complex; kick-off 8pm)
This is an intriguing meeting between two sides of high quality and what should prove a true test of Cliftonville’s title ambitions.
Last week, Sion Swifts secured a memorable 2-1 victory at Linfield Ladies to secure their place in the last four of the League Cup before coming from two goals down to rescue a draw against Glentoran.
The Strabane-based side have also seen off Crusaders at the Melvin Sports Complex and only went down by a goal at Linfield on the opening day, so will look to build on their early momentum.
Cliftonville recorded sizable victories at home to both Comber Rec and Derry City after sitting out the opening round of fixtures, leaving them just a point off league leaders Glentoran having played one game fewer.
The Reds will be buoyed by collecting seven points from the three league meetings between the sides last season but each of their victories was secured by just a single goal.
|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|