Swans in seventh heaven after semi-final win

29th January

Swansea City Ladies booked their place in the final of the WPWL League Cup thanks to an emphatic 7-0 win over Rhyl in Sunday's semi-final.

Katy Hosford netted a hat-trick for Ian Owens' side, with Emma Beynon adding a brace, while Kelly Adams and Ching Hang Chun also got on the scoresheet.

The Swans had taken control from the off and within the opening five minutes they came close to opening the scoring courtesy of a dangerous cross from Hosford, which Sarah Adams could not quite convert.

But the opener soon arrived as Hosford fired her strike home off the underside of the crossbar to put the Swans in the driving seat.

Moments later, the lively Hosford created a chance for herself after running at the heart of the defence but was denied by a smart save from Rhyl keeper Samantha Mitchell.

Beynon then tested the Rhyl stopper with a looping effort from distance but again Mitchell was equal to it.

However, Beynon made no mistake just before the interval as an almost identical strike had a different outcome as it beat Mitchell to double Swansea's lead.

There was still time for Swansea to add one more before the break.

A Sarah Adams cross was headed home by wife Kelly Adams in the area to put the Swans firmly in control.

Shortly after the restart Kelly Adams nearly got her second of the afternoon but the ball just drifted wide of the target, Hosford and Sophie Hancocks also came close to further increasing the lead.

Indeed, Hosford would soon bag her second of the match with a close-range finish.

And, just after the hour mark it was high five for Swansea as Beynon slid the ball home to finish a well-crafted counter attack.

Two minutes later, Hong Kong international Chun opened her goalscoring account for the Swans after she kept her calm to volley in a cross from fellow new signing Lauren Smith.

And Hosford completing the scoring nine minutes from time, rounding off her hat-trick by putting away a rebound inside the six-yard box.

Manager Owen was understandably pleased with the team’s performance.

“After 15 minutes we really settled into the form which we’ve been showing of late. The girls just put in yet another good performance," he said.

“It’s fantastic to see Lauren Smith and Chun on the scoresheet. It’s really good to see that we have strength and depth.

"These players coming in from overseas take a while to bed in, learn our philosophy and get used to how we play.”

Hosford, meanwhile, was delighted to have walked away with the match ball after an excellent display.

“I’m delighted to get a hat-trick and help the squad get to the final," she said.

The Swans will face Cardiff Met in the final after they came from behind to defeat their city rivals, Cardiff City 2-1.