Cardiff City 4-0 Briton Ferry Llansawel: Reds give all in Final defeat
It was another heart-breaking final for the Reds as they lost the Welsh Cup Final to Cardiff City. After a tough play-off final defeat, they had to try to pick themselves to face the Adran Premier Champions.
With changes for both sides the Welsh Cup Final the Adran South champions faced off against the Adran Premier Champions. Cardiff, looking to retain the Welsh Cup looked to attack from the off and force Ferry deep. Eliza Collie gave Cardiff the lead after 20 minutes. Catherine Walsh added a second with 24 minutes played as Cardiff doubled their lead. Cardiff continued to pressure, and Courtney Young was called to save twice. Ffion Price add goal three direct from a corner.
The second half was a tighter affair with Cardiff again putting Ferry under pressure. Both sides had chances, but the game was more combative then in the first half. Cardiff still had the greater share of the ball and the pressure and Rhianne Oakley added a fourth just before the final whistle.
A run down the left from Alice Broadley allowed her to put in a cross which was put out for a corner. The corner went in, and Mollie Jones met it but couldn’t direct her header at goal. As Cardiff cleared, they went for a quick counter, but Fleur Jenkins did well to clear the danger.
Ffion Price hit an out swinging corner which found Zoe Atkins. Atkins tried to direct the ball into the bottom corner, but her effort went wide.
Catherine Walsh went close when her header from Ffion Price’s cross went just wide. Moments later it was the same combination, but Walsh was unable to make contact with Price’s corner to the far post.
Good ball control from Megan Kearle gave her the chance to Mollie Jones in the box. Jones hit a shot on the turn, but it didn’t trouble the keeper.
Cardiff took the lead when Eliza Collie broke free and put the ball past Young.
Just minutes later and Catherine Walsh added a second for Cardiff.
Walsh found Atkins free in the box and she hit a shot at goal that drew a fine save from Young to turn around the post. From the resulting corner Young was called into action again turning Walsh’s effort over the bar.
Chelsea Deacon tried put a ball though for Jones to chase but Cardiff were able to clear before Jones could get to the ball.
Kearle tried from distance, but her effort was straight at the keeper.
Ffion Price added a third as her corner went straight into the net.
Half Time: Cardiff City 3-0 Briton Ferry Llansawel
Ferry had a chance early into the second half when Alice Broadley was in behind the Cardiff defence. With the ball bouncing around Broadley was unable to get a shot off as Cardiff looked to clear their lines. Fleur Jenkins hit the loose ball, but her effort was blocked.
Cardiff looked to extend their lead and Manon Pearce went close with her header from a Ffion Price corner.
Ffion Price sent the ball down the left to Danielle Green who fired a cross into the box but Young was able to punch away.
Young was called to make after fine save as Eliza Collie latched onto Lowri Riding’s back pass. Collie hit a shot that needed a strong hand to turn away from goal.
Lowri Baker tired a shot on the edge of the box, but it was blocked by Siobhan Walsh.
Phoebie Poole headed wide from close range after a good cross into the box.
Mollie Jones was sent though on goal and in a race to the ball with the Cardiff keeper making it first. Ceryn Chamberlain taking a knock for her efforts.
A good ball into Poole almost gave her a chance but Lexi Clayton made an important challenge.
In the last minute Rhianne Oakley turned in from close range to make it 4-0.
Full Time: Cardiff City 4-0 Briton Ferry Llansawel
Briton Ferry Llansawel: Courtney Young, Alice Broadley (Jess Denscombe 77), Fleur Jenkins, Lowri Ridings ©, Brooke Llewellyn, Mollie Jones (Manon Thomas 77), Megan Kearle, Chelsea Decan (Ela Roberts 54), Ella Smitham (Lowri Baker 61), Lexi Clayton, Georgia Howells (Lucy Powell 53).