2016/17 Season Review: December
There were two cup games in December as Cardiff City Ladies got their FA Cup campaign underway the week before the long trip up to Liverpool for the WPL Cup quarter final. 2016 would finish with yet another London trip as it was Charlton Athletic’s time to host the as yet unbeaten City Ladies, but would they finish the first half of the season unbeaten?
4th December 2016: Cardiff City Ladies 6 – 0 Larkhall Athletic Ladies (Chivers 12’, 85’, 88’ Evans 33’, C Williams 44’, C Lloyd 68’)
The first round of the Women’s FA Cup saw a repeat of what would have been the second round of the WPL Cup, although this time around the game was actually played. Cardiff City Ladies wasted no time in showing why they had been unbeaten throughout the first half of the season as Chivers hit the bar just four minutes in before going one better eight minutes later, firing a ball into the top left corner after a poor clearance from the Larkhall keeper. It was just after the half hour mark that Cardiff’s second went in, Gemma Evans finding the back of the net following a scramble from a corner. It was 3-0 just before half time when Cori Williams got her name on the scoresheet, looping a header over the keeper and under the bar, leaving Cardiff with a comfortable lead at the break. The second half began at a much slower pace, with City Ladies not getting on the scoresheet again until the 68th minute with what proved to be one of the most unlikely goals of the season. Chloe Lloyd’s corner from the left hand side beat everybody waiting in the penalty area, but had so much curl on it that the ball found its own way into the back of the net, directly from Lloyd’s corner kick. If it wasn’t already before, that put the game to bed. There were two more goals late on as Chivers completed her hat-trick, she found herself one on one with the keeper twice in the last five minutes, firstly rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net before three minutes later tucking it into the corner past the keeper’s right leg as she rushed out. A comfortable victory for Cardiff who would move on to the second round in January.
Cardiff City Ladies: O’Sullivan, Allen (Deacon 68’), Bartlett, Britton, Chivers, Evans, Green, Llewellyn (Tinman 61’), B Lloyd (C Lloyd 38’), Suominen, C Williams
11th December 2016: Liverpool Marshall Feds Women 0 – 2 Cardiff City Ladies (Green, C Williams)
A place in the semi-final of the WPL Cup was at stake as Cardiff City Ladies made the long trip to Liverpool Marshall Feds on a cold December afternoon, but goals from Michelle Green and Cori Williams would prove to be the difference between the two sides. Cardiff City Ladies would progress to the last four, where they would come up against their opponents in last year’s final, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.
Cardiff City Ladies: O’Sullivan, Allen, Bartlett, Britton, Evans, Green, C Lloyd, Miles, Suominen, Tinman, C Williams
Sunday 18th December 2016: Charlton Athletic Women 1 – 4 Cardiff City Ladies (Chivers 25’, 74’ Bartlett 54’, 77’)
Cardiff City rounded out 2016 with yet another victory as they kept up the pressure on Tottenham Hotspur Ladies at the top of the table. It was Chivers once again who gave Cardiff the lead when she got onto the end of a loose ball behind the Charlton defence and made no mistake in dispatching the ball into the corner of the net. Into the second half and Cardiff’s lead doubled when Kerry Bartlett’s close range effort somehow found a way under the Charlton keeper and over the line. Charlton would get a goal back a few minutes later, only for Chivers and Bartlett to find the target once more three minutes apart from each other, ensuring the unbeaten first half of the season for Cardiff City Ladies.
Cardiff City Ladies: O’Sullivan, Allen (Powell 75’), Bartlett (Llewellyn 84’), Britton, Chivers, Evans, Green, C Lloyd, Suominen (Heath 88’), Tinman, C Williams