Match Report: Cardiff City Ladies vs Chichester & Selsey (3-2)

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Cardiff City Ladies secured back to back wins after seeing off Chichester & Selsey in a five goal-thriller.

Cardiff started the brighter of the two sides and had a raft of chances in the opening 20 minutes. The first opportunity fell to Cori Williams after great work by Kylie Nolan. Nolan neatly worked her way down the right flank before squaring the ball to Williams who blazed her strike over the bar.

Following this, it was Nolan who had the next chance of the game following a free kick. Chloe Lloyd's set piece fell to Nolan, who’s effort was miraculously blocked on the line by the visitors defence.

The pressure continued to mount on the away side after Izzy Foster failed to clear her lines. The ball fell into the path of Ruby Scahill, who spotted the keeper off her line, however, she could not get enough power and purchase on her lob which allowed Foster to regather.

The visitors finally broke the deadlock on the half an hour mark through Arianna Fleischman, who managed to guide her effort into the top corner.

To the relief of the home crowd, Cardiff levelled the score just 2 minutes later, and it was Nolan who once again, was causing the Chichester defence various issues. Her cross found Williams, who powered her effort past the keeper.

Chances continued to fall for the home side, and you were beginning to wonder whether they’d make these chances count. However, on the stroke of half time, Williams executed an exquisite lob to send Cardiff into the interval with a 2-1 lead.

The second half was a far quieter affair, with neither team willing to come out and attack.

Despite this, Chichester managed to find the back of the net once again through Tane Yeates. A free kick was lofted into the box and despite O’Sullivan’s best efforts, the ball fell to Yeates, who headed the ball home.

Cardiff refused to lie down and accept a draw as they got their winner seven minutes later. Scahill set off on a superb mazy run into the box before sliding the ball back to Zoe Smith, who’s low driven effort beat Foster in goal.

It was a nerve racking final few minutes with Chichester seeing plenty of the ball, however O’Sullivan once again proved why she’s Wales’ number one, producing two fine saves to keep the 3 points in Wales.