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Monday 13 May 2019
10 teams vying to progress as Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup kicks off

This season’s Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup kicks off tonight with four first-round fixtures. 

The road to the final, which will be staged at the National Stadium Football Stadium at Windsor Park, begins with eight teams aiming to book a spot in the next stage of the competition. 

PSNI Ladies play host to Chimney Corner Ladies while Lurgan Town Ladies will entertain Killen Rangers Ladies. 

Also challenging for a place in round two are Bangor Ladies but they will have to get past Carnmoney Ladies to make sure their name is in the hat. 

Elsewhere Mid Ulster Ladies welcome Ballymena United All Stars.. 

The seeded clubs (NIFL Women’s Premiership) enter the competition in round two – along with the five byes (Lisburn Ladies, Downpatrick Ladies, Ballymacash Young Ladies, Portadown Ladies and St James Swifts).

First contested in 2005, the competition is Northern Ireland's premier knockout Cup 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.

The Glens’ most recent success came in last year’s final when they came from behind to defeat Linfield Ladies 2-1 in the decider.

2019 Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup first round ties: 

PSNI Ladies v Chimney Corner Ladies

Lurgan Town Ladies v Killen Rangers Ladies

Mid Ulster Ladies v Ballymena United All Stars

Bangor Ladies v Carnmoney Ladies