Match Blog | Cardiff City FC Women 3-0 Port Talbot Town Ladies
FULL TIME: CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN 3-0 PORT TALBOT TOWN LADIES
Three big points for the Bluebirds. Phoebie Poole (2) & Danielle Green netting the all-important goals in the first half! Another league clean sheet too! Nicely done, Bluebirds!
NEARLY A CONSOLATION
89' - Courteney Thomas heads over. The away side have showed real fight and desire in the second half, but the City defence will be determined to keep that clean sheet.
84' - Lovely ball from Charley Hocking to split the defence but Jasmine Simpson's strike is saved by Vicky Beddows. One minute later, double goalscorer Phoebie Poole is replaced by Brooke Evans.
CLOSE TO HER FIRST GOAL
77' - Charley Hocking almost has her first goal for the Bluebirds. She cuts in from the left and fires at goal, but Vicky Beddows saves with her feet.
75' - Two excellent saves from Charlotte Hastings. She first denies Courteney Thomas at close range before tipping over Jess Denscombe's powerful strike.
THIRD CITY CHANGE
71' - Charley Hocking comes on, replacing goalscorer Danielle Green. Port Talbot have seen plenty of the ball in the last ten minutes. Laura-May Walkley just heading over with their most recent opportunity.
Nia Probert replaced Coryn Sexton for the away side four minutes earlier.
SECOND CITY CHANGE
61' - The Bluebirds make their second change of the game - Kanisha Underdown replaces Danielle Broadhurst. Well played, Danielle!
NEARLY A HAT-TRICK
61' - Phoebie Poole is denied her hat-trick by a fine diving stop from Vicky Beddows.
WELL PLAYED, CITY!
58' - The Bluebirds have had to deal with more pressure this half. But they're still making things happen in attack. Phoebie Poole drops into midfield to start an attack. She frees Jasmine Simpson down the left, and quickly gets the ball back, and finds Danielle Broadhurst. Her shot is saved strongly by Vicky Beddows.
54' - Jasmine Simpson connects well with a volley, but it is saved by Vicky Beddows.
WELL PLAYED, 'KEEPER
50' - Important touch from City goalkeeper Charlotte Hastings to tip away a dangerous Rachael Ball cross.
GREEN & SIMPSON FIRE WIDE
48' - Danielle Green looks to add to her recent goalscoring exploits, but she shoots wide from 25-yards. Half-time sub Jasmine Simpson shoots off target too moments later.
BACK UNDERWAY - HALF-TIME CHANGE
46' - Jasmine Simpson has come on, replacing the injured Mikayla Cook for the second half. More of the same this half, City!
HALF-TIME: CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN 3-0 PORT TALBOT TOWN LADIES
A commanding lead for City following an impressive first half. Phoebie Poole netting twice, either side of a Danielle Green goal. It looks like Mikayla Cook will need to be replaced for the second half, though, after that injury late on. We're thinking of you, Mikayla!
GOAL!!! POOLE AGAIN
45' - City net a third even though they only have ten players. With Mikayla Cook still receiving treatment off the pitch, the Bluebirds continue to attack. Catherine Walsh's shot from distance is blocked, but Phoebie Poole reacts quickly to the situation to slot her second of the afternoon at close range! Get in!
POST AND PENALTY CALL
44' - Phoebie Poole rounds the goalkeeper and hits the inside of the post. Mikayla Cook looks to capitalise on the loose ball and she collides with the goalkeeper, Vicky Beddows. The ref gives the decision to the goalie, giving a free kick to Port Talbot.
Cook receives treatment after this challenge.
GOAL!!! TWO UP!!!
42' - Well taken! Excellent run from right-back by Ffion Price. She runs clear and rather than shooting, she unselfishly passes to Danielle Green, who nets her third goal in three games.
FREE KICK CHANCE
34' - Port Talbot's Lauren Amor lashes a free kick over from 25-yards.
GREEN SHOOTS WIDE
28' - Winger Danielle Green sees space in behind and runs with it. Her powerful low strike from wide on the left goes wide though.
GOAL!!! CITY LEAD!!!
18' - Brilliant from Phoebie Poole to give City the advantage. She runs clear, rounds the goalkeeper and slots low into the empty net. Great composure from the 16-year-old! City one up!
POOLE HEADS WIDE
14' - City's top scorer Phoebie Poole heads wide from Ffion Price's dangerous corner kick. A tough opportunity with plenty of defenders around her.
CHANCE FOR PORT TALBOT
11' - The away side have a good opportunity of their own. A nervy moment for the Bluebirds as Rachael Ball curls wide from inside the box.
CHANCE FOR CITY
6' - Lovely through ball from Sophie Norman to split the Port Talbot defence. Mikayla Cook runs clear and fires at goal, but her shot drifts just wide. So close to her first City goal! Next one, Mikayla!
1' - We are underway at Ocean Park Arena! Come on City!
PORT TALBOT TOWN LADIES TEAM NEWS
Our opponents this afternoon line-up as follows: V. Beddows, Walkley, T. Beddows, Harris (C), Hare, Sexton, Ball, Thomas, Amor, Denscombe, Miller.
Subs: Curran, Probert.
CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN TEAM NEWS
Positive fitness news for City as top scorer Phoebie Poole returns to the matchday squad, and starts!
Charlotte Hastings is between the sticks. Ffion Price starts in the back four, with Siobhan Walsh, Hannah Daley and Cerys Pinchard.
The midfield duo this afternoon will be Danielle Broadhurst and Sophie Norman with an attack including Poole, Danielle Green, Mikayla Cook and Catherine Walsh.
Late change as Charley Hocking replaces Lisa Owen on the subs bench.
LAST MEETING | PORT TALBOT TOWN LADIES 1-5 CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN
Welcome to your live Cardiff City FC Women vs. Port Talbot Town Ladies match blog!
We'll keep you fully updated from Ocean Park Arena at this important WPWL match. City and Port Talbot both sitting with 23 points in the race for third spot. 2pm KO!
Team news will follow at 1pm!