In the early years of the Women's National League, the big rivalry was between Raheny United and Peamount United. It is now between Shelbourne and Peamount, with Shels having merged with Raheny.

There are still some players from the Raheny days in the Shels squad and they will be just as fired up for their next meeting with their Dublin rivals. There is nothing malicious about the fixture, just two teams who want to get the edge over each other.

In what will be their first clash of the 2020 season, the game in Tolka Park on Saturday, September 26th represents a hell of a lot. It is the top two teams fighting it out, it is two Dublin clubs scrapping for pride (northside versus southside), and it is the importance that the final result may have on where the title ultimately ends up.

After six games played, Shels currently sit on top of the table with a one-point advantage over Peamount, who are the reigning champions. So a win for either side could swing the momentum at a crucial stage of the season with the structure set to split into two halves after two more rounds of games.

On the pitch, there is still a sense that Shels - in spite of their fine form - have yet to really hit top gear. They certainly have a squad loaded with talent, experience and youth, while manager Dave Bell is one of the best around in women's football in this country. Perhaps they are just getting warmed up.

If they are then that is bad news for Peamount, who suffered a surprise loss away to Wexford Youths and will be determined to register a positive response to that. They also have three players returning from international duty, so they will gain confidence from their experiences away with the Republic of Ireland.

So far this season, Peamount have been great to watch. Some of their free-flowing football takes your breath away as they transition through the thirds at such pace and finish when inside the opposition's penalty area. This is a team playing with a hunger for more silverware.

That is why this clash of the rivals is so interesting. Both teams have so much to gain and, possibly, to lose. Of course the title won't be decided after 90 minutes in Tolka Park but the result could have a huge sway on where the trophy ultimately ends up.

Expect both teams to attack this fixture as it were a title decider.