Adran Premier Preview | Swansea City vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City FC Women face Swansea City Ladies at the Swansea.com Stadium in the South Wales derby on Sunday afternoon (04/12), 2pm KO.
The Bluebirds head into the contest on the back of a brilliant 5-0 win over Cardiff Metropolitan University last time out.
Captain Siobhan Walsh gave City the lead, before Danielle Broadhurst, Rhianne Oakley, Phoebie Poole and Danielle Green also got on the scoresheet.
Iain Darbyshire’s side have made a hugely positive start to the campaign, currently sitting at the top of the Adran Premier table, having recorded nine wins and one draw in the opening ten fixtures.
Opponents Swansea City Ladies, who currently trail the Bluebirds by five points, recorded a convincing 6-0 win over Barry Town United last week.
In the previous meeting between the two sides, City earned a 2-0 win, with attacker Poole netting a first-half brace.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to play at their stadium.” Iain began. “Since I’ve been at the Club, we haven’t played there. It will be a great day for everyone involved, hopefully there’ll be a great crowd and we can put in a good performance. We’ll look to keep doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully, get a positive result.
“We can take a lot of confidence from the Cardiff Met game. In and out of possession, it was everything that we’ve been looking for, but we’re under no illusion, it’s going to be a difficult game this weekend. They’ll have the crowd behind them and we won’t lose sight of the fact that they’ve got some really good players and they’re a good setup. We won’t take them lightly, but we’ve got a lot of confidence.”
Striker Poole, who put in a brilliant performance in the reverse fixture, added: “It’s a big occasion and a really important game for us. It’s just another step in the right direction for women’s football to have the game in their stadium and the girls are really excited. We’ve just got to put our all into it. They’re going to have the crowd on their side, but hopefully, that will just drive us on.
“It’s really important that we keep our focus. Iain has said from the start to just take it game-by-game. If it’s a cup game or a league game, just take it one at a time and give one hundred percent. We don’t put too much pressure on ourselves, we’re just going to take the game as a big occasion, but focus on our football.”