Report | Swansea City Ladies 0 Cardiff Met Women 0 (3-5 on penalties)

30th October 2022
Stacey John-Davis vs Cardiff Met

Swansea City Ladies were knocked out of the FAW Women’s Cup by Cardiff Met Women on penalties.

The Swans dominated a goalless 90-minute period, but couldn’t find the crucial breakthrough as the tie went to a shootout.

A perfect run of penalties was brought to an end after Jess Williams fired her spot kick - Swansea’s fourth - off the underside of the crossbar, with Cardiff Met taking advantage by finding the net from their final effort to dump the injury-hit Swans out of the cup.

The hosts started the brighter of the two sides, with Katy Hosford looking dangerous in the early stages of the game.

Hosford found herself in a yard of space after knocking the ball over the head of a Cardiff Met defender, but her effort would sail just over the crossbar.

Hosford would come close again just minutes later, Ellie Lake finding the forward in the box, but she dragged her effort wide.

After 20 minutes, striker Chloe Tiley required treatment and was replaced by the returning Stacey John-Davis, playing for the first time since suffering a collarbone injury against Cardiff City back in September.

John-Davis had an immediate impact, using her pace to break away from the Met defence, but the goalkeeper was equal to her effort.

Sarah Adams found John-Davis in the box once again, the forward ducking down for a headed effort that would go just past the post.

The Swans dominance continued into the second half, with Williams delivering a brilliant free-kick just two minutes after the break, with Nieve Jenkins unable to get her head to the delivery.

Hosford came close again, cutting onto her left foot before unleashing a curled effort, but the Cardiff Met keeper got a hand to it and pushed onto the crossbar.

With 20 minutes to go Met found themselves getting more and more into the game, spending a lot more time in the Swansea half than they had previously.

Ellie Preece broke for the visitors down the right, but her effort was blocked by a fantastic tackle by Williams.

But neither side could find the breakthrough and so it went to penalties.

Erin Murray and Stacey John-Davis both converted the opening spot kicks, before Katy Hosford and Emily Allen made it 2-2.

Robyn Pinder and Emma Beynon kept up the perfect run of penalties as they made it 3-3, before Jessica Westhoff made it 4-3.

But the perfect run of penalties would come to an end, Williams powerful penalty cannoning off the underside of the crossbar but not over the line.

Stephanie Turner stepped up for Met’s fifth penalty and converted well to send her side through and Swansea City Ladies out of the FAW Women’s Cup.

Swansea City Ladies: Claire Skinner, Sarah Adams, Ellie Lake, Emma Beynon (captain), Kelly Adams, Ria Hughes, Nieve Jenkins, Katy Hosford, Chloe Tiley (Stacey John-Davis 21), Jess Williams, Rachel Cullen.

Unused subs: Chelsea Herbert, Gwen Horgan, Emily Freeman, Nia Rees.

Cardiff Met Women: Amelia Forkings, Sophie Davidson, Grace Corne (Jessica Westhoff 57), Tija Richardson, Stephanie Turner (captain), Sophie Hancocks, Emily Allen, Elianna Chavez, Robyn Pinder, Erin Murray, Ellie Preece.

Unused subs: Za’Khari Turner, Amy Long, Evie Griffiths, Tiggeraa Webb.