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Linfield Ladies eyeing more glory

Big kick-off: Attending the launch of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership at Windsor Park last night are Julie Nelson (Crusaders), Emma Higgins (Glentoran), Laura Clarke (Comber Rec), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville), Kirsty McGuinness, (Linfield), Claragh Connor (Sion Swifts) and Bronagh McGuinness (Derry City) along with Sue O’Neill, chair of NIFL women’s Premiership committee and Vicky Davies of Danske Bank
Big kick-off: Attending the launch of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership at Windsor Park last night are Julie Nelson (Crusaders), Emma Higgins (Glentoran), Laura Clarke (Comber Rec), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville), Kirsty McGuinness, (Linfield), Claragh Connor (Sion Swifts) and Bronagh McGuinness (Derry City) along with Sue O’Neill, chair of NIFL women’s Premiership committee and Vicky Davies of Danske Bank

By Jonathan Martin

The Danske Bank Women's Premiership kicks-off on Wednesday, April 17 with seven teams competing for the title in what will be the fourth year under the Northern Ireland Football League banner.

All teams were in attendance at last night's Windsor Park launch.

This season will see Comber Rec Ladies competing with champions Linfield Ladies, Cliftonville Ladies, Crusaders Strikers, Derry City, Glentoran Women and Sion Swifts Ladies.

Linfield will be aiming to make it a fourth consecutive league title and will be strengthened by the signings of goalkeeper Nicole Adams and Claire Timoney.

They will also have Northern Ireland international Kirsty McGuinness, who has won the Women's Premiership Top Goalscorer award in the last three seasons, to rely upon. Linfield are managed by Phil Lewis, who is in charge for his second season.

"There's always pressure going in as champions, we embrace that and look forward to the pressure," said Lewis. "Our ambition is to win the league again. I respect every team, the standard has improved and the league is as competitive as ever and I'm looking forward to getting started."

Last year's Irish Cup winners Glentoran will be aiming to build on last season's second-place finish and have former Cliftonville and Crusaders striker Diarmuid O'Carroll in as head coach.

Glentoran manager Billy Clarke said: "We want to build on the success we had last season, the Irish Cup victory gave us so much confidence. We want to win the league as well as trying to retain the Irish Cup."

Wednesday, April 17: Crusaders Strikers v Derry City, Glentoran v Comber Rec, Linfield v Sion Swifts.

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