Stage set for another Big Two derby classic as women meet again in Irish Cup final

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Kirsty McGuinness and Jessica Foy.

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The countdown's on to the Electric Ireland Women's Irish Cup final at Windsor Park on Saturday night (7.30pm).

Holders Glentoran take on the team they beat in a dramatic decider last season - Linfield.

Glens skipper Jessica Foy says it promises to be another cup classic between the old rivals...

Jessica's opposite number and close friend is Blues captain Kirsty McGuinness.

Last year the Northern Ireland defender was given a woman-to-woman marking job on Linfield's star striker.

She even switched from the left side to right-back especially for the final!

And Kirsty says she's expecting Jess to get up close and personal again at Windsor this weekend...

The teams met in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership last Saturday night and it finished 1-1 at the Oval.

The Blues have their final league game next Wednesday away to Derry City and need to win by seven goals to retain the title. 

This Saturday night, one would be enough for either side. Who might get it remains to be seen. For many, the big match is too close to call. 

Tickets (£5 for adults, £3 children) are available in advance - or to purchase on the night from a ticket booth in the South Stand.





First contested in 2005, the IFA Women's Cup is Northern Ireland's premier knock-out competition for women's football teams.

Glentoran Women (previously Glentoran Belfast United) are the most successful side in the competition, having won it seven times, with Linfield Ladies the next most successful with three victories.

Their most recent success came in 2018 when they came from behind to defeat Linfield Ladies 2-1 in the decider at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

Previous winners over the previous 10 seasons have also included:-

Sion Swifts Ladies (2017), Linfield Ladies (2016),  Cliftonville Ladies (2015), Linfield Ladies (2014), Linfield Ladies (2013), Glentoran Belfast United (2012),  Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers (2011), Glentoran Belfast United (2010), Glentoran Belfast United (2009), Glentoran Belfast United (2008).





There are five matches in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday, with champions Linfield playing on Monday in Carrick.

Saturday September 21st. 3pm - 
Cliftonville vs Institute 
Coleraine vs Crusaders 
Glenavon vs Ballymena United 
Glentoran vs Warrenpoint Town 
Larne vs Dungannon Swifts 

Monday September 23 2019. 7:45 pm - 
Carrick Rangers vs Linfield






































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