Report | Swansea City Ladies 4 Cardiff City Women 1
Swansea City Ladies produced an excellent performance as they romped to an emphatic victory over Cardiff City Women in the South Wales derby.
The Swans had endured a difficult few weeks, which had seen them suffer a first league defeat in three years against the Bluebirds, before suffering defeat to the same opponents in the semi-final of the FAW Women’s Cup.
But there was no prospect of a repeat this time as Chris Church’s side took control from the off to secure a dominant win and strengthen their hold on top spot in the Genero Adran Premier.
Stacey John-Davis bagged a brace, while there were also goals for Karmyn Carter and Chloe Chivers.
The home side wasted no time at Llandarcy as they flew into a second-minute lead; John-Davis had the initial effort on goal and Carter was on hand to turn home the loose ball.
Further chances followed for the Swans, with Ellie Lake sending in a threatening cross and Chivers putting a free-kick narrowly wide.
But they eventually capitalised on their pressure as they doubled their lead in the 32nd minute with Katy Hosford the provider, setting up John-Davis to find the net.
But the visitors hauled themselves back into the contest three minutes before the interval, a cross from Amy Williams being turned home by Danielle Green at the far post.
However, Swansea restored their two-goal advantage 11 minutes into the second half, Chivers taking aim from distance to beat the keeper with a fine strike.
That goal came shortly after John-Davis had struck the woodwork, but she was soon celebrating her second of the afternoon with a close-range finish in the 67th minute.
Swansea City Ladies: Clare Skinner, Ellie Lake, Jessica Williams, Alicia Powe (captain), Nieve Jenkins, Nia Rees, Karmyn Carter (Rhianne Oakley 68), Chloe Chivers (Sarah Adams 74), Kelly Adams, Katy Hosford, Stacey John-Davis.
Unused Substitutes: Gemma Border, Gwen Horgan, Phoebe Ware.