Report | Cardiff City Women 0 Swansea City Ladies 4
Swansea City Ladies continued their perfect start to the campaign with a handsome victory over rivals Cardiff City Women.
The defending Genero Adran Premier champions went into half-time with a narrow lead courtesy of an impressive finish from Chloe Chivers.
Swansea then stamped their authority on the fixture in the second half after Katy Hosford and a brace from substitute Rhianne Oakley sealed the three points.
The Swans made a strong start after a moment of class from Chivers broke the deadlock with a dinked finish lobbing Ceryn Chamberlain.
Soon after, Ria Hughes looked to double the deficit with a shot from distance, but it went just over the crossbar.
The Swans, much like in their previous three games of this season so far, controlled most of the possession and dictated the play.
Stacey John-Davis played a ball over the top and in behind Cardiff’s backline to find Hosford, but the winger was unable to get the desired connection on her shot.
Cardiff posed their first threat of the match with 25 minutes played; Danielle Green’s strike from the edge of the box forcing a fine save from Claire Skinner.
Swansea were then denied a second goal of the afternoon by Chamberlain who was equal to Hosford’s strike from inside the box.
Cardiff caused a moment of havoc in the Swansea penalty box after an onslaught of chances from a corner, but the visitors’ defence eventually cleared the ball to safety.
Five minutes into the second half, Hosford doubled the Swans’ lead after her delivery into the box found its way into the back of the net.
Hosford proved to be a real handful for Cardiff as her corner found the head of Laura Davies, however, Chamberlain was able to gather the midfielder’s header.
The three points were secured with 20 minutes left as Oakley remained composed, took the ball around the keeper, and passed the ball into an empty net.
Just two minutes later Oakley had her second; a great run from the forward got her into an advanced position and she calmly stroked the ball past the onrushing Chamberlain.
Cardiff City Women: Ceryn Chamberlain, Lisa Owen, Ffion Price, Hannah Daley, Siobhan Walsh (captain), Sophie Norman (Catherine Walsh 63), Pheobie Poole (Zoe Atkins 83), Seren Watkins, Danielle Broadhurst, Danielle Green, Megan Saunders (Amy Williams 57).
Subs not used: Zara Pernalete, Charley Hocking.
Swansea City Ladies: Claire Skinner, Ellie Lake, Shaunna Jenkins (Nieve Jenkins 79), Alicia Powe (captain), Ria Hughes, Kelly Adams, Laura Davies (Emma Beynon 71), Tija Richardson, Chloe Chivers (Rhianne Oakley 57), Katy Hosford, Stacey John-Davis
Subs not used: Gemma Border, Chloe Tiley.