Big Two Derby to kick off the season
The 2020 fixture list for the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership has been released.
This season marks the fifth season of the Women’s Premiership under the guidance of the NI Football League as Women’s football in the province continues to rise with 6’000 fans going to watch the action unfold last season.
Champions Linfield kick off with a mouth-watering clash against big two rivals Glentoran at Midgley Park on the 22nd of April as last seasons runners up Sion Swifts make the trip to North Belfast to take on Cliftonville at Solitude.
Last seasons top two meet for the first time on game-week two the 29th of April at the Melvin Sports complex. The first North Belfast Derby clash takes place on the 3rd of June at Solitude with an 8pm kick off.
The title race went down to the wire last season with Phil Lewis delivering the Blues their fourth consecutive league trophy after a 10-0 win over Derry City to pip the Swifts on goal difference.
Glentoran however will be ones to watch this season as they lifted the domestic cup double in the form of the Irish Cup and League Cup but lost the influential Demi Vance to Rangers who netted the two goals in that league cup final over Sion Swifts last June.
Vance is only one of the success stories coming from the league as Lauren Perry moved to Blackburn Rovers alongside Louise McDaniel who has since gone to Hearts and the highly rated Kelsie Burrows who has now also moved on from Rovers.
They follow Megan Bell who joined Durham before subsequently joining Vance at Rangers and she had a successful debut for the Gers netting twice in a 3-0 victory over Hearts last Sunday.
This season will see just six clubs compete for the Women’s Premiership Crown as last seasons bottom club Comber Rec Ladies have been relegated to the NIWFA Championship with no new club promoted in their place.
The teams will play each other home and away twice over the course of the 20 game campaign finishing on the 30th September.
Full opening day fixture list
Linfield Ladies v Glentoran
Cliftonville Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies
Derry City v Crusaders Strikers
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