Ceri Phillips | We can take confidence from the performance

30th October 2022
Ceri Phillips vs Cardiff Met Women

Swansea City Ladies head coach Ceri Phillips felt his side could take confidence from their performance despite losing on penalties to Cardiff Met in the FAW Women’s Cup.

The Swans dominated much of the goalless 90 minutes, with Stacey John-Davis and Katy Hosford both hitting the crossbar.

But the tie would go to penalties, with Jess Williams powerful penalty cannoning off the underside of the crossbar to send the Swans out.

Phillips was disappointed to be knocked out of the FAW Women’s Cup, but felt that his team would gain confidence from their positive performance.

“It was a good performance from us, we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net,” said Phillips.

“It’s disappointing to lose, I thought we were the better team throughout even when Cardiff Met got a bit of momentum.

“They had a couple of spells of possession, but I still think we contained them really well, we defended really well as a group and it’s another game where Claire Skinner in goal wasn’t very busy.

“We created a lot of chances but unfortunately, we just didn’t take them, and I think Cardiff Met will count themselves fortunate to have advanced.

“It’s great to be having players returning from injury now, a big shout for Ria Hughes for starting and playing her first 90 minutes after coming back from maternity so it’s huge to have players like that back.

“We dominated the game, the players won their individual battles against the players as well, I thought we dominated them with the ball, we were first to every ball and every second ball which was something we asked of them before the game.

“The shootout is a lottery at the end of the day, there were some really good penalties from both sides.

“We said in the changing room that it’s important we are disappointed now, but we need to take the performance into Abergavenny on Wednesday.

“We play Cardiff Met again soon, we take a lot of confidence from today, they are fortunate to get a win and be through to the next round, all the best to them, but we will take a lot of confidence.”