Swans Ladies win FAW Women's Cup

20th April 2015

Swansea City Ladies won the FAW Women's Cup for only the second time in their history on Sunday after a 4-2 win over Cardiff City at Penybont.
In a highly entertaining match, played on the 3G surface at Bryntirion Park, it was the Swans who took the lead after 15 minutes as Wales Under-19 international Katy Hosford fired into the bottom left-hand corner after a smart dummy from Jodie Passmore.
But the Bluebirds responded as Lisa Bird chipped a delightful ball over the top for Maria Martins and the youngster finished spectacularly into the roof of the net.
Neither side would have complained if the scores had remained equal at the break, but the Swans scored twice in quick succession to put themselves in control.
Sarah Adams - who has been plagued by injury this term - had cause to celebrate at the end of a frustrating season as she handed the Swans the lead with their best goal of the afternoon, before the impressive Hosford scored her second deep into stoppage time.
Cardiff needed the first goal after the break to keep their hopes of a first title alive, and they did just that as Bird ghosted past three defenders and around Ffion Ashman in the Swansea goal to halve the deficit.
The Bluebirds continued in their hunt for the equaliser, but Swansea were clever in controlling possession to wear down their opponents and in the 87th minute, the Cardiff defence made an error with a stray pass which Adams capitalised on to beat goalkeeper Tayla Gould to the ball and the Swans forward trickled the ball into the empty net to confirm the title for Ian Owen's side.