Cardiff City Ladies FC v Queens Park Rangers Ladies FC
With Tottenham having already secured the league title earlier in the week, one would be forgiven for thinking that Cardiff may take their foot off the gas. And with bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers visiting Ystryd Mynach, Cardiff had a team fighting for league survival to contend with, and a potential battle on their hands. However, what eventually transpired, was one of the most dominant attacking displays you’ll ever see.
QPR were already on the back foot before the game began, with no recognised goalkeeper in their squad. Cardiff immediately took advantage of this fact attacking early on, with Cori Williams having a shot on goal saved. Cardiff’s attacking pressure would come to fruition after 10 minutes, when a Kirsten Rendall cross found Emily Allen who fired home for 1-0. Four minutes later Cardiff doubled the scoring, with a Laura Williams corner finding the net via the head of QPR defender Jean Ssininde. Just two minutes later, after a goalmouth scramble, Chloe Lloyd bundled home a third for Cardiff, leaving them in a dominant position after just 16 minutes.
Cardiff would continue their attacking pressure, with Chloe Chivers and Kerry Bartlett both peppering shots on the QPR goal, hitting the side netting, the post and the goalkeeper in the process. However, despite Cardiff’s dominance, a mix up between keeper and defender Neethy Haridas a goal for QPR making it 3-1 after 22 minutes in a manner that keeper Laura O’Sullivan will be disappointed to concede.
Not content with being pegged back to a two goal lead, Cardiff immediately went back on the offensive, with Kirsten Rendall having a shot saved, before Chloe Chivers restored the three goal gap in the 25th minute, beating first the defender, and then the keeper slotting the ball home in the bottom left corner. The next ten minutes turned out to be the least fruitful of the half, with only one real chance presenting itself, with Chloe Lloyd driving a shot from 30 yards not far wide.
In the 35th minute however, a quick corner by Cardiff caught the QPR defenders napping, and Laura Williams dragged the ball back to Hope Suominen who made it 5-1 to Cardiff. Less than 30 seconds after the restart, Laura Williams turned scorer, pouncing on a spilled cross to make it 6-1 to Cardiff from 3 yards out. 4 minutes later, she had another chance on goal, turning her defender on the 18 yard line, and rifling the ball into the opposite corner of the net to wrap up Cardiff’s first half battering at 7-1.
In the second half, Cardiff picked up where they left off, with Cori Williams playing a quick 1-2 with Kerry Bartlett, before placing the ball into the net calmly for Cardiff’s 8th goal. With Cardiff well and truly home and dry, the game slowed pace a little, with only one chance created in the next 15 minutes, with Gemma Evans finding space to shoot, with the make shift goalkeeper for QPR pulling off a very good save. In the 66th minute, Cardiff were back to their old tricks; with Chloe Chivers cutting in from out wide on the left, then pulling the ball back to Kerry Bartlett who made it 9 via the bar.
5 minutes later, Cardiff made it double figures. Laura Williams had the ball out wide on the left, and swung it in deep to find the head of Cori Williams who expertly looped the ball over the keeper. However, right before the ball crossed the line, Hope Suominen nicked in to claim the goal for herself, despite the protests of the Cardiff captain hoping to add a second to her days tally. 4 minutes later Emily Allen stepped in from 8 yards to make it 11-1, before Hope Suominen completed her hat-trick, with a deflected shot wrong footing the keeper, completing Cardiff’s attacking masterclass. Final score, 12-1 to Cardiff.
Woman of the Match- Hope Suominen