By Tom Lea
Cardiff City Ladies scraped a late win in an enthralling clash with Boldmere United Women.
A late brace from substitute Morgan Rogers would prove the difference, alongside goals from Cori Williams and Maria Francis Jones.
The match would get off to a bad start for the Welsh side as they fell behind in the tenth minute. Klaudia Wojtyczka produced a superb save to block the Boldmere attacker's first effort but the covering defence were beaten to the rebound which was slammed high into the net.
The hosts nearly hit back immediately as Olivia Thompson's corner evaded the reach of everyone and rebounded to safety off the frame of the goal.
The opposite post wouldn't deny the hosts moments later however as Williams raced onto a through-ball from Kelly Isaac and guided her shot into the bottom corner.
To cap off an incredible opening 20 minutes, Williams slotted the hosts in front from a delightful team move, placing an assured finish into the opposite corner.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, Boldmere would level the match once again as a poor clearance would fall kindly for one of the attackers who guided the ball home from the edge of the area.
Six minutes before half-time, the match swung in the visitors favour once more as a speculative strike from range flew past the helpless Wojtyczka and into the top left corner of the net.
On the stroke of half-time, the challenge facing Cardiff would grow even bigger as a strike from even further out once again beat Wojtyczka and give Boldmere a two-goal advantage.
Cardiff were rejuvenated in the second half and substitute Francis-Jones would kickstart the recovery five minutes into the half. After picking the ball up on the left flank, she expertly slalomed through the Boldmere defence and guided the ball beyond the stranded goalkeeper to reduce the deficit.
A near identical goal ten minutes later would level the match once more as Rogers raced down the right touchline and drove into the box before clipping her effort home at the near post.
Rogers would secure the win six minutes from time when she snuck in undetected at the back post to turn Nadia Lawrence's delightful cross past the Boldmere stopper and secure an incredible victory for the hosts and the relief was clear to see when the referee brought the enthralling encounter to its conclusion.