By Tom Lea
Cardiff City Ladies picked up a much-needed three points in their fight against relegation with an assertive 2-1 victory over relegation rivals Keynsham Town.
The hosts were lucky not to find themselves behind early on as Keynsham broke through the backline, but the attacker couldn’t guide her effort inside Laura O’Sullivan’s left-hand upright.
Cardiff grew into the game rapidly, controlling midfield through Chloe Lloyd and the outstanding Libby Piggott, as well as the returning Cori Williams and soon started creating chances of their own, only to be denied by a determined Keynsham goalkeeper.
27 minutes into the game and the Blues finally broke the visitor’s resistance as Kylie Nolan spun in behind and fired a rocket of a finish into the roof of the net, marking her second home debut in style.
In the second half, Cardiff continued to control possession of the football as Ellie Sargent escaped down the right and whipped in a low centre which was deflected out to Piggott, but she couldn’t keep her effort down.
A few moments later, Keynsham looked to have made the hosts pay as a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to the feet of their number 14, who steered a composed finish beyond O’Sullivan to level the tie.
Cardiff hit back immediately however, with Piggott breaking onto a loose ball at the edge of the box and firing it into the top corner from all of 25 yards, sending the entire home support and coaching staff into delirium on the sidelines.
The visitors looked to fight their way back into the game but couldn’t create any clear-cut chances to trouble O’Sullivan as Cardiff held firm, picking up three points for the first time since October.
Up next for the girls in blue is another home clash, this time against Chichester & Selsey where they will be looking for a repeat of their victory on the South coast.