Report | Cardiff Met Women 1 Swansea City Women 2
Swansea City Women progressed to the second round of the Bute Energy Welsh Cup as two late goals secured a dramatic win over Cardiff Met Women.
The hosts had put themselves ahead after 15 minutes, Faith Mulenga tapping home from close range for Met.
However, after significant pressure from the Swans, Chloe Chivers levelled with 15 minutes to go.
And Chivers would prove key in the decisive goal with two minutes to go, her dangerous free-kick causing Sophie Davidson to put the ball through her own net and give the Swans the win.
Met had won the league meeting between the sides two weeks ago, and they found themselves ahead with the first real chance of the contest this time round, Ingrid Aadland sliding in Mulenga to finish from close range.
The Swans quickly responded, with good passing play providing a chance for Ellie Lake that was blocked in the six-yard box.
Striker Stacey John-Davis then came close to levelling, latching onto a cross from Chivers but volleying just wide.
Lake again tested the Met goal, this time forcing a save from goalkeeper Charlotte Smith with a low effort from the edge of the box.
The Swans still trailed at the break but continued to dominate proceedings throughout the second half, and created numerous chances.
Lucy Finch fired just wide before Chivers’ corner delivery was cleared off the line.
John-Davis then found Chivers on the edge of the box to unleash a shot, but her effort flew just wide of the post.
Swansea kept pressing, Finch almost scored what would have been a goal of the season contender with a stunning right-footed strike that was just tipped over the bar by Smith to keep Met ahead.
But the Swans would finally draw level through Chivers; captain Katy Hosford’s corner-kick finding the forward at the back post to fire a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
The Swans continued to plug away and eventually found the winner, Chivers’ free-kick into the box being turned beyond her own goalkeeper by Davidson to send the visitors into the next round.
Cardiff Met Women: Charlotte Smith, Sophie Davidson, Faith Mulenga (Sally Grimm 67), Tiggeraa Webb, Grace Corne, Emily Bayliss, Amy Long, Arwen Neale, Ingrid Aadland, Erin Murray (captain), Anna Houghton.
Unused subs: Alysha Hawkins, Leah Samuel, Emily Nicholson, Eve Pearson.
Swansea City Women: Chelsea Herbert, Alicia Powe, Lucy Finch, Steph turner (Kelsey Thomas 71), Ellie Lake, Chloe Chivers, Katy Hosford (captain), Stacey John-Davis, Sophie Brisland-Hancocks, Emily Thomas (Nieve Jenkins 45), Jess Williams.
Unused subs: Rachel Cullen, Monet Legall, Lilly Owen.