Adran Trophy Preview: Cardiff City Women vs. Aberystwyth Town

Adran Trophy Preview | Cardiff City vs. Aberystwyth Town

Cardiff City Women return to action by hosting Aberystwyth Town in the Adran Trophy Semi-Final.

The fixture will take place at Cardiff International Sports Campus on Sunday, February 25th with a kick-off time of 2pm.

Eliza Collie celebrates scoring for Cardiff City

Tickets are now on sale for Sunday’s fixture and are available to purchase online, with prices as follows:

  • Adult: £5
  • U16: £1

Get your tickets here!

Alternatively, tickets will be available to purchase on arrival at Cardiff International Sports Campus on Sunday.

Please note: Season Tickets are valid for this fixture.

The sat-nav postcode for Cardiff International Sports Campus is CF11 8AZ.

The ground is located an 11-minute walk away from Ninian Park Station and a 32-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.

Parking on matchday is free outside Cardiff City Stadium, with parking also available for £1 outside Cardiff International Sports Campus.

Cafe2U will not be on-site for this fixture, but will be back available for our next two matches.

Ffion Price in action for Cardiff City Women

The Bluebirds began the Adran Premier campaign with a convincing victory over Pontardawe Town.

In a fine performance, Grace Phillips, Demi Parry and Olivia Basham all netted their first senior goals for the Club.

At the Semi-Final stage, City faced Wrexham at The Rock and produced another brilliant showing, with Seren Watkins and Molly Kehoe both netting fine strikes, before Eliza Collie ensured the victory in the second half.

Sunday’s opponents, Aberystwyth Town, have also been impressive in this year’s competition.

A 5-0 win over Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Quarter-Final was followed with a 4-0 victory at Felinheli over the weekend.

Mikayla Cook

Our last meeting with the Seasiders was at Park Avenue back in December in the final game of 2023. 

The Bluebirds produced a brilliant performance to record a 5-0 win, with striker Collie netting a hat-trick, along with goals from Watkins and captain Siobhan Walsh.

Wing-back Mikayla Cook made a huge contribution to the victory and caused problems on the left all afternoon. 

Recalling a fine showing, she said: "I think the team played really well that day. Aberystwyth are always a physical team and they showed that, but performance-wise, the girls really stuck together and it was a great game for us. 

"It was one of our best performances of the season. We all worked hard and it paid off with five goals."

Commenting on Collie's hat-trick, Mikayla added: "She's been amazing this season, she's really stepped up. We both played in the U19s and came up together. She's been one of our best players this season and has been showing that with her performances and goals."

Turning her attention to Sunday's clash, she concluded: "We're all looking forward to it. We had a week off and I think we needed that to rest and recover. It came at a good time for us as a squad. We've all been working hard and hoping to get the win."

Iain Darbyshire on the touchline for Cardiff City Women

Head coach Iain Darbyshire shared his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s fixture…

“We’re really looking forward to Sunday’s game. We’ve had a few days off, which has helped us and came at a really good time for us. We know that it’s going to be a really difficult game, Aberystwyth are playing with a lot of determination and it’s good to see, it’s good for the competitiveness of the women’s game in Wales.

“We know that they’re going to be physical and aggressive. They go player-for-player all over the pitch and I really enjoy the games that we play against them, because they’re always challenging. They got a point against us earlier in the season, we had a good win against them in Aberystwyth and scored some good goals towards the end, but it’s always a tough battle. We know we’re going to have to be right physically, mentally and tactically. If we do those things, I’m sure we can get a positive result.

“We want to win this trophy, both personally and collectively. As a group, we haven’t won this trophy yet, so that’s definitely our goal. We know we’re going to have to be right up for it on the day to have a successful result.

“What it’s all about now is building momentum. We’ve got a clean start now and really move forward. We came into this season expecting to be competing for all three trophies and we really believe that we can win all three. That’s still the aim of the group. We’re coming into this period of games fully recharged.”