Cardiff City beat cross-city rivals Cyncoed 1-0 this afternoon to make it through to the FAW Women’s Cup Final.
Alana Murphy’s 42nd minute strike was enough to separate the sides in a tense affair at the home of Taffs Well FC, Rhiw Dda’r.
Murphy was involved in the game’s first chance, her good work winning the ball from a Cyncoed goal-kick leading to a chance for Lisa Owen which she sent wide.
Caitlin Bevan then found herself through on goal for the Mighty Oaks, but good work from City defender Siobhan Walsh stopped her from getting a shot off. Cyncoed went close again soon after, Rosina Hill’s free-kick from the corner of the box going just over onto the roof of the net.
The game settled into a steady tempo as the first half wore on. Murphy forced another chance as she broke free down the City left and cut back inside the area. Her shot though was straight at Laura O’Sullivan, who saved comfortably.
There was little O’Sullivan could have done though about Murphy’s next chance, the striker lobbing a half volley from just inside the box over the ‘keeper to put City in front at the break.
Neither side managed to force many chances for much of the second half, though Murphy again could have bagged another and sub Mollie Jones also forced O’Sullivan into a good save. Cyncoed pressed late on to try and force extra time, but couldn’t find a way through the City defence.
Cardiff will now play Swansea City in next month’s final, a repeat of 2015 which the Swans won 4-2.