Match Report: Cardiff City Ladies vs Southampton FC Women (0-4)

Updated: Mar 23

Image Credit: Ian Lovell

By Tom Lea

Cardiff City Ladies made it back-to-back losses with a heavy 4-0 defeat at home to Southampton Women.

A hat-trick from Lucia Kendall and a late strike from Ella Pusey ensured a miserable afternoon from the hosts at the Centre of Sporting Excellence on Sunday afternoon.

The writing was on the wall for the South Wales side from kick-off as they found themselves camped in their own half with little respite from wave after wave of Southampton attacks which they repelled admirably.

The visitors first sight of the Cardiff goal didn't come until the 27th minute when winger Ella Morris broke in down the right flank but was denied by a superb save by the Cardiff goalkeeper and moments later Ciara Watling had a sight of goal from the edge of the area but dragged her effort narrowly wide of the far post.

With the interval in sight however, Shannon Sievwright's corner from the Cardiff left was met superbly by Kendall, who powered her header into the top corner of the hosts net to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Four minutes after the break, the Saints doubled their lead as Alisha Ware got free on the visitors left and cut the ball back to an unmarked Kendall who fired the ball into the bottom corner from by the penalty spot.

In the 55th minute, Cardiff had their first real sight of goal as Kylie Nolan finally wriggled free of the defence's attentions however her effort was well held by Kayla Rendell in the Saints goal.

With just less than 20 minutes remaining, Kendall completed her hat-trick, curling a close-range free-kick beyond the wall and into the bottom left corner once more with the goalkeeper stranded.

With time running out, there was just time for Pusey to get a fourth for the visitors, breaking the Cardiff offside trap and racing through to fire the ball into the back of the net in a scoreline that did not do justice to how well Cardiff had battled and fought over the course of 90 minutes.

Next up for Cardiff is a must-win clash against bottom of the table Hounslow Women's Football Club on Sunday March 27th.