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Cardiff City LFC 3-1 Leyton Orient WFC

Cardiff City Ladies secured WPL Cup victory over Leyton Orient women after a strong second half performance saw the Welsh side claim a 3-1 victory.

The first half chance fell for the visitors when only a goal line clearance from Poole denied Porter after the ball wasn’t cleared following a corner. A second half chance for the visitors arrived soon after as Randall came far out of her goal and failed to fully clear the ball, luckily Le Marchand was crowded out and her shot dragged wide of the open goal.

One thing that became increasingly apparent in the opening 20 minutes was that both teams were giving the ball away far too cheaply in midfield.

Cardiff’s first chance almost brought the opening goal, Cori Williams found herself with some space in the box only for her goal-bound effort to be well saved by Wilson.

Le Marchand threatened once again but Randall saved well as the match started to open up a bit more.

Cori Williams threatened again as she beat two defenders before firing a tame effort straight at Wilson just before half time. Cardiff were starting to close out the first half in dominant fashion.

The best chance of the game was one that really should’ve been taken, Williams again involved as she squared the ball back to Chloe O’Connor who somehow hit the post when it looked easier to score than miss. O’Connor almost erased that huge error on the cusp of half time but her free kick hit the bar before being cleared away to keep the score line even.

Cardiff’s first half dominance carried over into the second half and it only took three minutes for the pressure to tell. Brilliant wing play by Ella Powell saw her play the ball to Williams who finally got her goal after firing into the far corner.

Orient couldn’t get anywhere near Powell whenever she was on the ball, and it was a second assist that followed just after the hour mark. Her cross wasn’t cleared, Williams picked the ball up in a crowded box, she somehow found room to fire home at the near post for her second of the game.

More poor defending from Orient lead to Cardiff’s third goal soon after, a simple cross to deal with again wasn’t cleared, Williams was the only person to react as her cross lopped over Wilson and Kelly Isaac had the easiest of tap in’s to finish the game off.

Orient did get a goal back five minutes from time as Leyre Bastyr fired home a free kick from a seemingly impossible angle to add some respectability to the score line.

Cardiff took off key players Powell and Williams and the game fizzled out into a comfortable enough victory for the home side. Cardiff now face the visit of Plymouth Argyle to Ystrad Mynach on December 10th.

Half time: 0-0 Full time: 3-1 Goals: Williams (48 & 62), Isaac (72); Bastyr (85) Player of the match: Cori Williams

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