Match Preview: Cardiff City FC Women vs. Abergavenny Women
Cardiff City FC Women face Abergavenny Women at Plough Road, home of Goytre FC in the FAW Women’s Cup Semi-Final on Sunday, March 17th – 2pm kick-off.
For those wishing to attend, entry at the gate is £3 for adults and free for juniors and OAPs.
FAW Women’s Cup Form
The Bluebirds have progressed through three stages on the road to the Semi-Final, defeating Tredegar 11-1 at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre in Round One, Port Talbot Town 3-1 in Round Two and Rhyl 6-1 in the Quarter-Final – both at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. City have had twelve scorers in the competition to date and Alana Murphy is currently at the top with four goals scored.
Abergavenny reached the last four by winning 8-0 away to Willows in Round One, 1-0 against Cascade Youth Club at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium in Round Two and 2-1 over Llandudno in the Quarter-Final at Maesdu Park. Compared to Cardiff City, the Pennies have had exactly half the amount of scorers in the tournament and Kate Jeremiah leads their scoring with three goals.
The sides have met twice so far this season and the Bluebirds won on both occasions. On November 25th, 2018 Murphy and Catherine Walsh netted in the 2-0 WPWL victory at Pen-Y-Pound Stadium and seven days later, Danielle Broadhurst scored a brace in the 2-1 WPWL League Cup Quarter-Final win, that went through extra-time.
“We want to play in the FAW Women’s Cup Final for a second consecutive season and need to get through one more game to achieve that.
“We’ve had the better of Abergavenny so far this campaign, winning two tough encounters against them in the space of two weeks earlier in the season.
“This Semi-Final is a completely different game and being played in a completely different environment. We know they’re a good team and no one gets to a Semi-Final if they’re not decent, so we’ve got to prepare correctly, approach the match with a professional attitude and a positive mentality and make sure that we turn up.”
“I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be a tough Semi-Final against Abergavenny, but I think we’re mentally and physically prepared for it, so it should be a good battle.
“I feel confident and the girls around me have been amazing this season, being so supportive and helpful. We’ve been scoring goals, keeping clean sheets and our squad is strong, so I think everybody’s feeling really positive going into the match.”