Archers and Bluebirds set for FAW Women's Cup Showdown
Domestic
22 April 2022

Archers and Bluebirds set for FAW Women's Cup Showdown

The biggest game in the women's domestic calendar takes place on Sunday, 24 April, as Genaro Adran Premier rivals Cardiff Met take on Cardiff City at the SDM Glass Stadium in Bridgend (2pm).

Cardiff Met v Cardiff City

FAW WOMEN'S CUP FINAL

  • Sunday, 24 April 2022
  • SDM Glass Stadium, Penybont 
  • KO 2:00pm
  • Live: Sgorio online platforms

The two teams have already played a number of competitive fixtures against each other across a range of competitions this season, with the Archers claiming a narrow 1-0 victory over the Bluebirds in the final of the Adran Trophy last month through a late winner from Emily Allen. “The last final was tense all the way through,” explained Cardiff Met manager Yzzy Taylor to FAW.cymru. “But I know my team has the mentality and talent to be able to battle all the way through until the end.” 

Pontypridd Town would stand between Cardiff Met and a place in the final as the two teams met at Jenner Park in the semi-final, and it was Pontypridd Town who took the early lead when Alana Murphy put her side ahead inside the opening six minutes. However, Cardiff Met levelled the score before half-time through Walkley, and substitute Shannon Evans scored twice following her introduction on 65 minutes. The game was made safe shortly before the final whistle when Lucy Finch completed the scoring and confirmed a 4-1 win for Taylor's side. 

“We knew Pontypridd Town were going to be hard to break down so we wanted to settle into the game,” Taylor added. “Going one goal behind wasn't ideal and also losing our goalkeeper pretty early on again wasn't ideal either. However, we stuck to the game plan and were able to switch things up in the second half and we were able to analyse what Pontypridd's threats were and how we could counteract these. We have given a lot to this season and another piece of silverware would be immense.” 

Danielle Green made scored a hat-trick as Cardiff City defeated Caldicot Town 9-0 to start their Welsh Cup run with Lisa Owen, Ffion Price, Catherine Walsh, Eliza Collie, Megan Saunders and Lily Billingham all adding their names to the scoresheet. A closer match followed in the next round as goals from Siobhan Walsh, Zoe Atkins and Saunders earned the side a 3-2 win over The New Saints. In the quarter-finals, goals from Phoebie Poole, Danielle Broadhurst, Amy Williams, Price and Atkins eased the side past Abergavenny and into the last four and a South Wales derby against Swansea City.

The Swans took an early lead through Laura Davies but Cardiff City responded through Williams and Poole to swing the game in their favour. Jessica Williams equalised for Swansea City but an own goal from goalkeeper Claire Skinner handed the Bluebirds the advantage before half-time. However, Swansea reacted well to the setback and Chloe Chivers made it 3-3 after 47 minutes, but Poole would score her second and the decisive goal in the tie just a few minutes later to edge Cardiff City back in front and seal a memorable 4-3 victory.

“It was a fantastic moment for us as a team to reach the final,” said manager Iain Darbyshire to FAW.cymru. “The team has grown a lot over the course of the season and will now look to take it one step further. I'm expecting a similar match to what we had against Cardiff Met in the Adran Trophy Final. It will be cagey at times, but I believe if we play as well as we did that day, and just improve a couple of small details, we can definitely win this match. 

“It would be incredible for everyone involved with our club to lift the trophy. The football club has supported our growth and have been keen to help us develop over the past few seasons. We have a lot of hard working staff who have given so much time to this project and are keen to see us develop into the best team in the country. Then there are the players, they have been the main driving force in our development. They have worked so hard to become a team that challenges for honours.” 

Tickets for the FAW Women's Cup Final will be available at the stadium on match day with adults priced at £5 and juniors (16 and under) at £2.