Adran Premier Preview | Cardiff City vs. The New Saints
Cardiff City FC Women welcome The New Saints to Cardiff International Sports Campus on Sunday (23/10), 2pm KO.
Entry for this weekend’s fixture will be free of charge, as the Bluebirds look to continue their fantastic start to the Adran Premier season.
Iain Darbyshire’s side have won all five games so far in the league campaign and are yet to concede a goal.
Last time out, City recorded a 1-0 win over Aberystwyth Town, in which Rhianne Oakley scored the winning goal with a fine first-half finish. Watch full highlights of our win over the Seasiders here.
The New Saints are currently fourth in the Adran Premier table, having recorded six points in their opening five fixtures.
Despite falling to defeats to Barry Town United and Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Saints reacted by defeating Aberystwyth Town and Abergavenny Women, along with securing a convincing win over Airbus UK Broughton.
In their most recent fixture, Andy Williams’ side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Swansea City Ladies, with Beth Lewis on the scoresheet for the Saints.
“Preparations have gone really well this week,” Iain began. “We know it’s going to be a very difficult game. They’re a young, exciting team who gave us some really difficult matches last year and have started really well this year. They’ve tested every team they’ve played and it’s exciting. It’s great to have competition in the league, we want teams to be improving and it looks like The New Saints are doing that, along with some other teams in our league. We’re excited for the game.
“Anything can happen, if they get an early goal, they can make it difficult for us. They’ve got talented players who I’ve got no doubt have improved over the summer. It’s a good test for us before we have a break for the cup.”
Captain Siobhan Walsh, who netted the winning goal in a dramatic 3-2 win over The New Saints last season, added: “Everything is looking really positive at the moment, we’ve trained really well this week. This weekend is going to be a different test for us. They’ve going to be a threat going forward, so we need to be prepared for that and make sure that we’re solid defensively.”