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Thursday 11 May 2023
Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup set for kick off

The 2023 edition Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup kicks off this weekend.

The action begins on Friday evening with eight teams battling it out in the preliminary round (7.30pm kick-offs).

The four winning teams will advance to round one on Friday 16 June.

1st Bangor Ladies are due to take on Valley Rangers Ladies in the tie of the preliminary round while Strabane Athletic Ladies face Lisburn Rangers Ladies, Belfast Celtic Ladies meet Antrim Town Women and Lisburn Distillery Ladies play Shorts Women.

Eight teams received byes to the first round.

The winners of Distillery versus Shorts will be at home to Bangor Ladies in round one, while the winners of Belfast Celtic against Antrim Town will host Craigavon City Ladies.

Comber Rec Ladies are set to welcome to the winners of 1st Bangor or Valley Rangers while St James’ Swifts Ladies are scheduled to host Bloomfield.

A home tie against Donegal Celtic Ladies awaits the winners of Strabane Athletic and Lisburn Rangers while Ballyclare Comrades Ladies and Belfast Ravens are also set to meet in the first round.

The teams competing in the early rounds all play in NIWFA leagues.

The 10 teams from the NIFL Women’s Premiership are set to enter the competition at the second-round stage at the end of July.

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