Chris Church | We just ran out of legs at the end

14th April
Chris Church v Cardiff City Women

Swansea City Women’s interim head coach Chris Church praised the efforts of his depleted squad after late goals saw them fall to Genero Adran Trophy final defeat against Cardiff City Women.

Monet Legall had given the Swans a well-deserved lead in the 18th minute, and they remained in front at the break.

However, Megan Bowen got Cardiff on level terms within seven minutes of the restart, before Molly Kehoe gave the league champions the lead for the first time with 20 minutes to go.

Late strikes from Rhian Oakley and Eliza Collie (2) rounded off the scoring for Cardiff.

The Swans had been without Lucy Finch and topscorer and skipper Katy Hosford, after they were ruled out through injury, while Stacey John-Davis has been a longer-term absentee.

Church was disappointed to lose but praised the efforts of his injury-hit squad, despite the harsh nature of the final scoreline.

“They've given everything this season,” said Church of the players.

“I can't fault them, we just ran out of legs, we’ve got a small squad, we’ve lost some big players. The players that stepped in gave everything they had.

“It’s a great goal by Monet. Even with players missing, we showed in the first half what we are capable of.

“We limited them, we pressed them well and we had chances.

“I’m really proud of the efforts of the players and what they have given over the season, we just ran out of legs at the end and the players deserve that rest now.

“We will go away and look to have a good summer. We need to take the next steps, we are a squad in transition, we have players who have played a lot of games, and some younger players breaking through.

“Now for them it’s about going away as a squad, reflecting, learning and coming back just as hungry to try and get those rewards.”