Report: Olimpia Cluj 3-0 Swansea City Ladies

27th August 2017

Swansea City Ladies were defeated 3-0 in the second match of their Uefa Women’s Champions League qualifying round against CFF Olimpia Cluj in the Cluj Arena.

In the early stages of the match there was some good play on show from Ian Owen’s side, with Ellie Lake making her first competitive start.

Swans Ladies, who were beaten by Hibernian in the opening game, were awarded a free-kick just outside the box in the seventh minute but Jodie Passmore narrowly missed the target as the Swans searched for the opener.

A strike from Cluj’s Andreea Voicu was collected by Gemma Border to keep the score at 0-0 in the 14th minute while defenders Alison Witts and Alicia Powe blocked some Cluj efforts.

Olimpia Cluj broke the deadlock in the 27th minute as Cristina Carp slotted home past Border following an Alexandra Lunca cross.

Soon after, a succession of shots for Olimpia Cluj were blocked by some great defending from Swans Ladies as they showed their intent on getting back into the game.

Shortly after the break, Alexandra Lunca netted from close range after carving her way past Swansea’s defence to double Cluj’s lead.

It did not take long for them to score their third as Andreea Voicu fired home with a well-taken goal in the 57th minute.

Olimpia Cluj then hit thepost with a powerful low shot from Voicu following a corner, while, in the final ten minutes of the match Stacey John-Davis went close to claiming a consolation.

Swans Ladies: Gemma Border, Alicia Powe, Ellie Lake (Katie Davies, 64), Alison Witts (Stacey John-Davis, 64), Ria Hughes, Katy Hosford, Sarah Adams, Sophie Hancocks, Kelly Newcombe (Megan Franks, 87), Emma Beynon, Jodie Passmore.

Unused subs: Kate Brisland, Georgia Roberts-Powell, Pam Pelders, Hannah Thomas.

Olimpia Cluj: Jillian McVicker, Lidia Havristiuc, Ioana Bortan, Teodora Meluta, Adina Giurgiu, Stefania Vatafu, Mihaela Ciolacu (Beatrice Tarasila, 65), Andreea Voicu, Alexandra Lunca (Hannah Leinert, 83), Cristina Carp (Mara Batea 50,), Anamaria Gorea.

Unused subs: Lavinia Boanda, Melinda Nagy, Raluca Borodi, Elena Raduc.