Report | Swansea City Ladies 3 Cardiff Met Women 0

26th March
Meg Saunders vs Met

Swansea City Ladies final home fixture of the 2022-23 Genero Adran Premier season ended with a victory over Cardiff Met Women.

Chloe Chivers put the Swans ahead in the first half with a stunning 30-yard strike which beat the Met goalkeeper.

But, despite creating the better chances and having two efforts cleared off the goal line, it took the Swans until the 85th minute to extend their lead.

Nia Rees added a much deserved second for the Swans with five minutes of the match remaining, before earning a penalty in the final moments which Meg Saunders converted for her first Swansea City goal.

The Swans had the chance to open the scoring just two minutes in. A great ball from Katy Hosford played Nieve Jenkins in, but the onrushing keeper managed to make the save from close range.

Jenkins came close again soon after. This time a ball in from Jess Williams found the midfielders head, but her effort would go just wide of the post.

Ellie Preece managed to break down the right for the visitors, trying a shot from a tight angle that forced a good save from Chelsea Herbert.

But it would be the Swans that would break the deadlock after 31 minutes. Chivers picked the ball up on the right 30-yards out and unleashed a powerful left-footed strike to beat the keeper.

Chivers almost made it two before the break. Saunders’ initial shot was parried into the box as far as Chivers, but her effort was cleared off the line.

The forward almost turned provider at the start of the second half, bursting down the left and playing a great ball across to Monet Legall, but her effort was blocked at the near post.

Williams also had one cleared off the line after heading a great delivery from Chivers on target, but a defender at the back post was able to clear.

Chivers continued to search for a second, making space for herself on the edge of the box before firing on target, but a good save from the keeper kept her out.

Gwen Horgan also came close to doubling the Swans lead, a ball from Rees putting her through, but the midfielder's effort would fly over the bar.

The Swans would finally find their second with five minutes to go, Saunders controlling well in the box and picking out Rees who smashed home her side's second.

Rees would continue to cause problems for the Met and was brought down in the box with the officials pointing to the penalty spot..

Saunders stepped up and coolly converted from 12-yards to make it three goals and three points for the Swans.

The result, alongside results elsewhere in the league, confirm the Swans' second place finish in the league this season. With two matches to go, Ceri Phillips' side sit seven points behind Cardiff City Women and 12 points ahead of third-placed Cardiff Met Women. 

The New Saints Women will finish fourth and they are the next opponents for the Swans who will prepare to travel to Park Hall Stadium on April 2.

Swansea City Ladies: Chelsea Herbert, Shauna Jenkins, Ellie Lake, Nieve Jenkins, Chloe Chivers, Katy Hosford (Gwen Horgan 72), Chloe Tiley (Emma Beynon 59), Monet Legall (Nia Rees 72), Megan Saunders, Jess Williams (Lailah Muscat 85), Rachel Cullen (Kelly Adams 85).


Cardiff Met Women: Amelia Forkings, Sophie Davidson, Robyn Pinder, Tiggeraa Webb, Stephanie Turner, Sophie Hancocks, Ellie Preece, Eve Pearson, Emily Allen, Amy Long, Kennesha Nanette (Ruby Colleton 70).

Unused subs: Annabel Carr, Casey Pickett, Lauren Hibbert, Grace Batsford.