Preview | Swansea City Ladies vs Cardiff Met Women
Swansea City Ladies return to FAW Cup action as they face Cardiff Met Women in a third-round tie at Llandarcy Academy of Sport (2pm kick-off).
The Swans progressed to this stage after breezing past Coedffranc with an emphatic 16-0 win.
Swansea will be looking to return to winning ways after being held to a 2-2 draw by Aberystwyth last time out in the Genero Adran Premier.
Chloe Tiley put the Swans ahead early, but two goals before the break gave the visitors the lead. The Swans dominated the second half, with Sarah Adams finding an equaliser six minutes from time, but they couldn’t find a winner.
Cardiff Met also progressed to the third round of the FAW Cup with ease; a 9-0 win over Caerphilly Castle Ladies & Girls securing safe passage.
Met come into the game in very strong form, having won six out of their previous six games in all competitions.
In their last outing, Cardiff Met came away from Abergavenny with a 3-1 win, Emily Allen’s hat-trick earning her side all three points.
Swansea City Ladies head coach Ceri Phillips: “We’re very much looking forward to it, it will be a tough game, the first of two games against Cardiff Met in quick succession.
“We enjoyed the game against them at the start of the season, it was a great occasion, and the girls came through it with flying colours.
“But Cardiff Met have kicked on since then and they are looking very strong and are in a good run of form themselves.
“It’s going to be a tough game against two old rivals at this level, we’re both obviously wanting to do well in the cup and every game we go into, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“The message this week has been that every time we suffer a small setback, or there’s an element of our game that we’re disappointed with, we ask for that reaction straight away.
“You have to play these big teams at some point if you want to go far in the cup, so it probably makes sense to get them out of the way early if you can.
“We’re always assessing players, we are working closely with the medical team to see where the players are, we do seem to be picking up knocks everywhere at the moment but that just gives chances to other members of the squad.
“With these games coming thick and fast in what is going to be a busy November for us, it’s really going to be a big squad effort and we need to manage that squad as best as we can.”
The two sides last met in the historic opening game of the 2021-22 Genero Adran Premier as Swans Ladies sealed a 2-0 win as they played at the Swansea.com Stadium for the first time.
Katy Hosford’s curled effort from the edge of the box put the Swans ahead in the first half.
Stacey John-Davis made it two in the second half with a stunning lob over the Cardiff Met goalkeeper, earning the Swans all three points.