Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Noel Mitchell's planning a Linfield double

Noel Mitchell knows a thing or two about beating Linfield in a big game and now the Mid-Ulster Ladies manager is hoping to turn the clock back 20 years.

The former Ards captain was a member of the Co. Down club's team that beat the Blues in the 1993 Irish Cup semi-final and he will lead his team into action against Linfield Ladies this evening determined to keep hold of third place in the NIWFA Women's Premier League.

And with title favourites Glentoran Belfast United and Crusaders Strikers just three points better off, Mitchell will also want to stay within touching distance of the leaders.

"Linfield are a good side," said Mitchell.

"It's hard to tell too with the recent recruitment of the new manager how that will affect their team, but they have international players in their line- up so it will be a tough and close game.

"We've lost a few players through injury, Ruth Brown getting married and more recently Simone Magill signing for English club Everton, so there are new young international additions to the team for us, but It should be a great contest."

A win for the Linfield girls would help them move clear of the relegation zone they became too familiar with last season and interim Coach Ryan McConville is confident his side can snatch that third position.

"Both teams are coming from a positive result last week" said McConville.

"Noel has had his squad a lot longer than I have had mine, so it definitely will be a tough game.

"I know our girls will give everything they have though to get a result given the commitment and enthusiasm they show regularly."

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