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Glentoran might have two shots at the title but we're determined to win it tonight, says boss

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Glentoran Women's manager Billy Clarke

Glentoran Women's manager Billy Clarke

Glentoran Women's manager Billy Clarke

It has been six years since Glentoran Women last got their hands on a league title and manager Billy Clarke doesn't want to wait any longer.

The Glens girls need just a single point from their final two matches to claim the Danske Bank Women's Premiership title and Clarke is determined to get the job done tonight when they face Crusaders Strikers at Seaview in the final full round of matches.

Linfield Ladies, who host Derry City Women, are ready to pounce if the Glens trip at the final hurdle, but Clarke is focused on ensuring that the title race will end this evening with his team crowned as champions.

"We've two shots at it, but we're hoping we're only going to need one shot," said Clarke. "That's what our mindset is.

"It's a good position to be in. We want to win it at the earliest opportunity and get it over and done with.

"Some of the older players will remember situations where we were playing to win the league. It's what you want to do and it's where you want to be, and I am sure they will be alright.

"They know the outcome is if we win, we win the league. They've worked hard for it all season, they worked hard for it in pre-season training.

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"Our focus all season has been to win the league, and if you can't go into this match and be focused and want to win the league then there is something wrong with you."

With the title tantalisingly close for the Glens, BBC NI have decided to live stream a Women's Premiership tie for the first time.

With the focus on his players and the big prize there for them, Clarke's message is that this is the perfect time for them to shine.

"Having the match shown live can add pressure if you let it, but the other way to do it is take the positive out of it," he said,

"It shows you how important the match is and that should give you the confidence to go into the match and say, 'This is an important match, we have to win this'."

FIXTURES (all 7.30pm): Crusaders Strikers v Glentoran Women, Linfield Ladies v Derry City Women, Sion Swifts Ladies v Cliftonville Ladies.


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