Report | Swansea City Ladies 1 Cardiff Met Ladies 0
Swansea City Ladies made it four wins out of four as they defeated Welsh Premier Women’s League rivals Cardiff Met at Llandarcy.
Neither side was able to break the deadlock in the first half, despite Swansea having several chances to take the lead.
But the win was sealed in the second half after a ferocious strike from former Archer Chloe Chivers.
The victory is the Swans third in a row over Cardiff Met and puts them level on points with the leaders, but with a game in hand.
As expected, the sides proved evenly-matched during the opening exchanges. However, it was the Swans who were having the better of the chances.
Shaunna Jenkins found Chivers with an accurate long pass, which allowed the forward to cut in and get a shot off, but Estelle Randall was able to gather it.
Soon after, Emma Beynon had her sights on opening the score but her first-time shot from inside the penalty area was dragged wide of the mark.
As the first half progressed Swansea continued to threaten to make the breakthrough as Katy Hosford looked to squeeze the ball home from close range, but Randall was again able to turn it away.
At the other end, Ria Hughes had to come to Swansea’s rescue as she cleared Stephanie Turner’s shot off the line.
The home side could have their noses in front just before the break but Randall made a double save to deny Hosford, and then gather Stacey John-Davis’ follow up.
In the second half Swansea nearly were dealt a stroke of a luck when Ellie Lake’s cross went agonisingly close to finding its way into the back of the net.
But they did break the deadlock on 73 minute as Chivers fired home from long-range with her effort looping over goalkeeper Randall.
The home side had plenty of pressure from Met to absorb as the final whistle loomed, but they held firm and remained difficult to break down.
And they still posed an attacking threat as they broke forward and Chivers nearly doubled the lead with another powerful shot from distance.
Tija Richardson had a chance of her own in the dying moments after her run wasn’t tracked, but her curled effort flew just wide of the far post as the Swans claimed an important win over their title rivals.
Swansea City Ladies: Gemma Border, Alicia Powe (captain), Ellie Lake, Shaunna Jenkins, Ria Hughes, Tija Richardson, Katy Hosford, Chloe Chivers, Emma Beynon, Laura Davies, Stacey John-Davis.
Subs not used: Nieve Jenkins, Chloe Tiley, Jess Williams, Brooke Llewellyn, Kate Searle.
Cardiff Met Ladies: Estelle Randall, Nealy Martin, Stephanie Turner (captain), Grace Corne, Amy Long, Sophie Hancocks, Erin Murray (Jodie Passmore 78), Chloe O’Connor, Shannon Evans, Lucy Finch, Lauren Townsend.
Subs not used: Charlotte Smith, Ellena Finneran, Emily Richards, Kennesha Nanette.