Adran Premier Preview | Pontypridd United vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City FC Women travel to Pontypridd United Women’s USW Sports Park on Sunday (06/11), 5pm KO.
Entry for this Sunday’s fixture will be £1.50, with admission for U16s free of charge. Get your tickets here.
The Bluebirds go into the fixture on the back of defeating Sunday’s opponents in the FAW Women’s Cup, securing an impressive 5-0 victory.
Striker Rhianne Oakley netted a fantastic hat-trick, while captain Siobhan Walsh and Phoebie Poole also got on the scoresheet.
Iain Darbyshire’s side currently sit top of the Adran Premier table, having won all of the opening six league fixtures.
Pontypridd United, who have won three of their first six, currently sit fourth in the table.
“We know their strengths and that they are a good team,” Iain began. “However, we know that if we play to our best ability, we can have a positive result in the match. So, we concentrate on ourselves and aim to take home three points.
“We aim to play well whether it’s home or away. We set ourselves targets and go into the game knowing our plan, which helps us to focus and perform on the day. That’s what we are looking to do this weekend. I think momentum is vitally important throughout a season. We are on a fantastic run of form so far with nine wins in a row in all competitions, so we will aim to keep this run going this weekend and go into the Cardiff Met match full of confidence.”
Defender Hollie Smith, who has played a huge part in the Bluebirds’ impressive defensive record this season added: “We go into any game against Pontypridd like we would playing the likes of Met and Swansea. They’re pushing for top four this season, which proves the level that they’re at. They had a few key players missing when they visited us on the weekend, but we know those players are available for this weekend’s game, so we have to go there expecting a tough game.
“It’s vitally important for us to make a statement away from home. We’ve only played away from home twice this season, so it’s something we’re not used to. We know Pontypridd are good at home, so we have to be at our best to get something out of the game.”