Gartcairn Women and Airdrie Ladies are looking to earn Monklands bragging rights ahead of the SWFL big kick-off.

Cairn and the Diamonds will go head-to-head in a competitive clash for the first time ever this term in the rebranded Championship South.

Following league re-construction, both sides have the chance to move into the SWFL2 this term as a host of newly formed sides look to make their mark on the women’s game.

Having previously competed in the the old South East/Central SWFL2, Airdrie skipper Maggie Wright is aiming for a promotion push this term as they start at the Penny Cars Stadium against St Mirren this Sunday.

The midfielder said: “We have a lot of new bodies in. Our aim is really to play our best football and to play our passing game.

“We’ve had a few friendlies there and there has been a lot of positives to take out of it.

“We want to be challenging in every match and hope to do well.

“No team goes in with a pessimistic attitude but we will go in with confidence.

“Every team would like to finish top, but you have to go in with the intention to win every game; that has to be our attitude.

“It’s been such a big chance across all of women’s football. It is going to be competitive and we have plenty to look forward to.”

This is the first step into the leagues for Gartcairn, and winger Lisa McIntyre reckons it will be a learning curve for the MTC Park outfit as they welcome Falkirk this weekend.

“This is a brand new set up,” she told the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser.

It will be a "friendly rivalry" as both teams hope to be battling at the top of the Championship South table
It will be a "friendly rivalry" as both teams hope to be battling at the top of the Championship South table

“We have only played three or four games so far. For us there has been a lot of positives from those games and now we want to keep that going into the league and be as successful as possible.

“Every team is going into the unknown a bit. It’s a blank slate and every team will know what they are good at.

“You just have to go in and do what you do and see what happens.”

Former Airdrie player McIntyre believed it would help both clubs to have a “friendly rivalry” this term.

She added: “It draws a lot more attention to the women’s game. Airdrie have a good set-up, and we do as well at Gartcairn.

“It would be good to get more people to come and watch the women’s game in general.

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“It’s not really about finishing higher in the league than Airdrie, because if you have a good season you’ll be up there anyway.

“It’s good competition against anyone, but it might add a bit because we have never played against each other before.”

Wright hoped the fresh start for the women’s game in Airdrie would inspire future generations of players.

“I think it’s really good for women’s football locally,” she went on.

“It might get interest, meaning there are more people to come along and watch, and maybe encourage more girls in the area to come and play.”