Report | Cardiff Met 1 Swansea City Ladies 1 (4-2 on pens)

30th January 2022
Swans Ladies Cardiff Met

Swansea City Ladies missed out on a place in the semi-final of the Genero Adran Trophy after a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Cardiff Met.

The Swans went behind in the 40th minute as Emily Allen gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot.

Chloe Chivers then equalised straight from the restart to level the scores going into the break.

The result had to be decided by a penalty shootout which saw Swansea lose out on a spot in the final four of the competition which they won last season.

The opening stages were evenly contested but it was Met who had the first sight of goal, but the strike from former Swan Sophie Hancocks went way over the bar.

The Swans looked to have found a way through Met’s defence after Katy Hosford played in Chivers, but she was deemed marginally offside.

Swansea broke quickly towards the end of the second half, which led to a shot from Chivers, but it was dealt with well by Sweeney.

Cardiff Met were awarded a penalty in the closing stages of the first half after Elianna Chavez was fouled by Ellie Lake. Allen then converted from the spot despite Claire Skinner getting a touch on it.

But Chivers equalised within a matter of seconds after she buried it into the far corner from the restart.

In the second half, Chavez worked a yard of space in the box to get a shot away but Skinner was on hand to parry it away with a great save.

Swansea had a good chance of their own at the other end as Laura Davies was picked out by Chivers’ free kick, however Sweeney was able to gather the header.

Chris Church’s side looked the more threatening of the two sides and they created another promising attack after Chivers broke through but her effort flew over the bar.

Another chance then followed as a result of Rhianne Oakley releasing Chivers, but Sweeney put a stop to the move at the final stage with an acrobatic save.

Straight after, Chivers saw her long-range shot clatter the crossbar as the visitors continued to press for a winner in normal time.

However, the game went to penalties and Cardiff Met held their nerve to secure a 4-2 win in the shootout.

Cardiff Met: Annabel Sweeney, Jessie Taylor, Lucy Finch, Tiggeraa Webb (Hannah Mills 53’), Stephanie Turner (C), Sophie Hancocks, Amy Long (Taylor O’Leary 62’), Laura-May Walkley, Emily Allen, Lauren Hutton-Townsend, Elianna Chavez.

Subs not used: Charlotte Smith, Emily Richards, Ellie Preece.

Swansea City: Claire Skinner, Ellie Lake, Tija Richardson, Nieve Jenkins, Rhianne Oakley, Laura Davies, Kelly Adams, Nia Rees (Karmyn Carter 87’), Stacey John-Davis, Katy Hosford (C), Chloe Chivers.

Subs not used: Gemma Border, Sarah Adams, Chloe Tiley, Gwen Horgan.