Report: Cardiff City 2 Swans Ladies 2
The Swans Ladies gained a valuable point as they faced Cardiff City Women in their final away fixture of the 2017-18 campaign.
The Swans were facing Cardiff for the third time this season as they continued their push for second place in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.
Ian Owen’s squad were looking to make it a hat-trick of wins over their South Wales rivals after comfortably beating the Bluebirds 3-0 in the league, in addition to a memorable FAW Women’s Cup final win two weeks ago.
It wasn’t to be, however, as Cardiff capitalised on a commotion in the box early in the first half to go ahead before doubling their lead on the stroke of half-time.
But the Swans rescued a point thanks to goals from Stacey John-Davis and Jodie Passmore, who both netted in a second half that saw the visitors come out fighting.
Cardiff were out for revenge following defeat in the final, and they drew first blood as McDonough netted in the first few minutes.
The Swans came agonisingly close time and time again with chances for Katy Hosford, Sophie Hancocks, Passmore, Ellie Lake and Sarah Adams.
Swans keeper Gemma Border then made a point-blank save to deny Evans, but the same player eventually netted Cardiff’s second.
The Swans continued to enjoy the majority of possession after the break and finally found a way through via substitute striker John-Davis, who scored just seconds after replacing Meg Franks.
Ten minutes later it was all square as Passmore scored her 17th league goal of the season from close range. She has netted in all three meetings with Cardiff.
A flurry of late chances followed, while John-Davis saw a goal ruled out for offside, but the Swans couldn’t find a winner.
Swans Ladies: Gemma Border, Ellie Lake, Alicia Powe, Alison Witts, Megan Franks (Stacey John-Davis 68’), Sarah Adams, Sophie Hancocks, Kelly Newcombe, Katy Hosford, Emma Beynon, Jodie Passmore.
Subs not used: Kate Brisland, Hannah Thomas, Pam Pelders, Kirsty O’Donnell.
The Swans now turn their sights to their game against third-placed Cyncoed at Llandarcy Academy of Sport on Wednesday (7.30pm). Entry is free, so come along to help the Swans sign off at the end of another successful season. (Please note there will be no on-site parking available for spectators at Llandarcy).