Report | Cardiff City Women 3 Swansea City Ladies 1
Swansea City Ladies brought their 2022-23 season to an end with defeat to Cardiff City Women at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Swans took the lead over the champions through a stunning strike by Katy Hosford, but a deflected Lily Billingham effort would level for the hosts soon after.
Second-half goals from Rhianne Oakley and substitute Zoe Atkins were enough to seal three points for the hosts.
Cardiff had the chance to put themselves ahead early, Siobhan Walsh getting onto the end of a corner from Ffion Price but heading over the bar.
Stacey John-Davis had the opportunity to net the opener, cutting inside from the right and firing an effort into the gloves of Ceryn Chamberlain.
And it was the Swans who would find the breakthrough at the Cardiff City Stadium, Hosford cutting inside from the left and hitting a stunning strike into the top right corner.
But just four minutes later, Billingham’s deflected strike found the bottom right corner to draw her side level.
Cardiff would pile on the pressure in the second half, Danielle Broadhurst firing wide on a volley from the edge of the box.
And the hosts would make the pressure count, Oakley finishing a good move for the Bluebirds to pull her side ahead.
Billingham came close to a second of the afternoon for herself, firing from the edge of the box and forcing a good save from Claire Skinner.
But the Bluebirds would eventually find a third, a mazy run from Atkins putting her through one-on-one before slotting home to extend Cardiff’s advantage.
Nia Rees looked to pull one back for the visitors in the final moments, but her effort would go wide as the Swans suffered defeat in their final game of the season.
Cardiff City Women: Ceryn Chamberlain, Lisa Owen (Mikayla Cook 64), Ffion Price, Hannah Power, Siobhan Walsh (captain), Rhianne Oakley (Phoebie Poole 64), Danielle Broadhurst, Danielle Green, Manon Pearce (Zoe Atkins 73), Lily Billingham, Eliza Collie.
Unused subs: Catherine Walsh, Megan Bowen.
Swansea City Ladies: Claire Skinner, Shaunna Jenkins, Ellie Lake (Lailah Muscat 89), Emma Beynon, Kelly Adams (Gwen Horgan 80), Katy Hosford (captain), Stacey John-Davis, Chloe Tiley (Megan Roberts 89), Megan Saunders (Nia Rees 64), Jess Williams, Rachel Cullen.
Unused subs: Chelsea Herbert.