Cardiff City FC Women coach Iain Darbyshire revealed his thoughts, following the Bluebirds’ first Welsh Premier Women’s League loss of the 2018/19 campaign, to current champions Cardiff Met Women at Cyncoed Campus.
Following the Archers’ early goal, the visitors dominated possession, although they could not find an equaliser against a resilient defence.
“We played some of the best football I’ve seen us play during my time as a coach here," began Iain. “It's frustrating not to get a result after that - but it’s good to see that the things we’re practicing in training are paying off.
“We just weren’t clinical in the final third; we created enough chances, but that’s football. From the first 15 minutes onwards, I think we dominated. They got a sloppy goal in the first five minutes, that should’ve never happened and from that moment onwards, we dominated the game.
"At half-time, the message was to believe and the chances would come. We knew what we were doing, we believed in what we were doing and unfortunately, it wasn’t our day.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough game and the positive is that we played some great football. We’ll get the video analysis in and show the girls how well they played. We’ve a few things to work on in training and we’ll take those forward.”
City went into the game on the back of two WPWL victories from two matches and Darbyshire concluded: “The result hasn’t killed our momentum - we just need to be more clinical. Before this week, we were clinical but in the big games against your rivals, it’s the little things that get the win.”