Report | Swansea City Ladies 2 Cardiff Met Ladies 1
Goals from Chloe Chivers and Stacey John-Davis secured a hard-fought win for leaders Swansea City Ladies over second placed Cardiff Met in the Genero Adran Premier on Wednesday evening.
The victory opens up a seven-point lead at the summit of the top-flight, with another title firmly in the Swans' grasp.
It was a near perfect start for the Swans as they took the lead in the 11th minute through Chivers. The in-form striker made no mistake when she hammered in from close range after some excellent build up play by Karmyn Carter.
It was a tight game with few chances, but the best of the first-half opportunities went the visitors’ way as Swans’ defence cleared one effort off the line and watched another one clatter the crossbar.
But Carter continued to be a good outlet in attack, and she forced an excellent save from visiting shot-stopper Annabel Sweeney just after the half-hour mark.
It then took some excellent last ditch defending from the Swans to deny Cardiff Met a goal right on half-time .
Swans started to pile the pressure on the visitors around the hour mark and Carter was close to converting from Chivers’ free-kick before the second Swansea goal came.
It was a stunning finish from John-Davis, who lifted the ball over Sweeney to double the advantage in the 68th minute.
The two-goal lead was shortlived, however, and less than a minute later striker Emily Allen had pulled one back for Cardiff Met, beating Claire Skinner at her near post.
But the Swans finished the game the stronger of the two teams. Jessica Williams shot narrowly wide with 15 minutes remaining, while Sweeney made an excellent save one on one late on before Carter saw an effort go just over the bar shortly before full-time.
The win puts the defending champion Swans in pole position to retain their title as the season reaches its final stages.