Cardiff City Ladies 4 - 1 Swindon Town Ladies
Cardiff City Ladies battled to take three points from a Swindon Town Ladies side that were desperate to hold out at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence. The home side put up a ferocious fight and were rewarded for their efforts.
After just 2 minutes of play, Cori Williams went one-on-one with the goalkeeper who was forced to make a top save to keep the game level and give Cardiff a corner. The resulting delivery was swung in and found the head of Chloe O’Connor who diverted it goalward, but it was cleared off the line by a Swindon Town defender.
It was clear from the outset that Cardiff City were looking for an early goal as they continued to press. Ffion Price’s long-range effort inside the first ten minutes fizzled agonisingly wide of the post.
After 13 minutes Cardiff had a goal disallowed after Cori Williams once again broke away, and fed a beautiful through ball to Laura Williams to slot home, only for the linesman’s flag to be raised for offside.
One minute later Laura Williams opened the scoring for Cardiff after tapping in a through ball from O’Connor. The referee played an advantage to the home side from an earlier foul which the Cardiff attack took full advantage of, and it was slotted home comfortably.
Cori Williams tormented the Swindon Town defence with a number of breaks, attempted through balls and shots on goal throughout the first half and she was rewarded for her efforts after 25 minutes. The Swindon Town defence attempted to clear a shot but only cleared it as far as the Cardiff number 12, and she fired it into the top right corner of the net to make it 2-0.
Williams was dominant throughout the first half. On the half hour mark her shot on goal went just wide of the post, and then three minutes later she forced the keeper to make a strong save from a long-range attempt. On 39 minutes she headed the ball on target, although the lack of power in her effort gave the keeper a relatively simple save to make.
The second-half started the same as the first, with Cardiff dominating in possession and attacking with intent. On 52 minutes Cori Williams rounded the keeper but the Swindon defence were rapid to reset, and her shot on target was cleared off the line. Just two minutes later Cardiff had a free kick on the edge of the box; Isaac stepped up and blasted the ball at goal, but it went just over the crossbar.
Cardiff brought on some fresh legs as Daisy Evan-Watkin and Emily Poole were substituted for Jassie Vasconcelos and Zoe Atkins on the 60th minute. Swindon crafted their most promising attack of the game one minute later as Mia Mugford hit the ball into the side netting. Shortly after she got into the box again, but Hannah Mills pulled out a brilliant tackle to stop her from scoring.
On the 63rd minute O’Connor forced the keeper to make a diving save and parry the ball out for a corner. Cardiff made nothing of it, however one minute later Price buried the ball into the left corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Cori Williams secured her brace after slotting the ball into the bottom right corner of the net in the 68th minute. Vasconcelos took the ball around a defender before placing a through ball to the captain for her to make it 4-0.
Cardiff made their final substitution of the match on the 74th minute as Price came off for Ffion Llewellyn to re-energise their defence. Swindon Town managed to score a consolation goal in the latter stages of the match, but ultimately it proved to be nothing. Cardiff will be disappointed to concede after such a dominant display but the three points to kick start the league campaign will energise the side ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Charlton Athletic Women.