Report | Cardiff City Women 4 Swansea City Women 0

27th March
Robyn Pinder v Cardiff

Swansea City Women suffered a first defeat in nine league games as a loss to Cardiff City Women at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium saw the hosts crowned Genero Adran Premier champions.

Eliza Collie put Cardiff ahead when she tapped home a rebound from close range, before Rhianne Oakley doubled their lead 12 minutes later.

Oakley extended the home side’s advantage with her second of the game after the break, before Molly Kehoe rounded off the scoring as the visitors saw their title hopes ended despite a determined chase of the leaders over much of the season.

The Swans had created the first chance early in the contest, Chloe Chivers picked out Katy Hosford at the back post, but the captain’s ball for Emily Thomas was cut out by Cardiff keeper Ceryn Chamberlain.

But it would be Cardiff who would take the lead, Kehoe forced a fine save from Chelsea Herbert, but there was nothing the Swansea keeper could do to prevent Collie netting the rebound.

Hosford went close to a quick equaliser when Chivers found her in the box, but her headed effort was well held by the goalkeeper.

Another chance went Swansea’s way when a Hosford pass came to Emily Thomas, but the forward hesitated and Chamberlain was out quickly to smother her effort.

And Swansea were made to pay for the missed opportunity as Cardiff surged upfield, with Oakley converting from a tight angle to make it 2-0.

Siobhan Walsh had the chance to make it three just before the break for the hosts, but she headed over the bar at the back post.

The Swans started the second half brightly, Robyn Pinder’s cross from wide forcing Chamberlain to push the ball onto the crossbar.

But Cardiff would m extend their lead when the home side won possession high up the pitch and sent Oakley in on goal to beat substitute goalkeeper Claire Skinner.

Just four minutes later Kehoe would make it four, breaking the line after a long ball over the top and firing home.

Swansea skipper Hosford looked to pull one back for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining, but Chamberlain did well to prevent her right-footed strike finding the net.

With 10 minutes to go, Pinder’s cross picked out Thomas in the box, but the forward’s powerful header struck the post with the keeper beaten to cap a disappointing evening.

Cardiff City Women: Ceryn Chamberlain, Ffion Price, Hannah Power, Siobhan Walsh (captain), Rhianne Oakley (Kelly Adams 63), Seren Watkins, Molly Kehoe (Kerry Walklett 76), Hollie Smith (Megan Bowen 76), Mikayla Cook (Lisa Owen 71), Emma Beynon, Eliza Collie.

Unused subs: Anna Phelps.

Swansea City Women: Chelsea Herbert (Claire Skinner 46), Ellie Lake, Rachel Cullen, Robyn Pinder (Kelsey Thomas 82), Chloe Chivers, Katy Hosford (captain), Sammy Wynne (Imogen Harris 82), Sophie Brisland-Hancocks, Monet Legall (Rhian Williams 46), Emily Thomas (Jazz Guymer 90), Jess Williams.