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Match Preview: Briton Ferry Llansawel vs. Cardiff City FC Women

The Bluebirds travel to Old Road to face Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies on Sunday, March 8th - kick-off at 2pm.
Form | Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies

Saturday's hosts are currently in sixth place on the WPWL table, with four points taken from their opening eight matches. Most recently going up against Cyncoed, Briton Ferry took the lead early on through Renee Leigh Day in the 17th minute of play. However, two responding goals by their opposition efore the end of the first half gave the lead to Cyncoed, with Athina Varnava scoring a brace in five minutes.

Briton Ferry's sole league victory of their campaign thus far came on December 8th, as they defeated Aberystwyth Town 1-0 in a closely fought contest at Old Road. Renee Leigh Day once again provided for her side with the opening goal in the first half, with the visitors - who are at the bottom of the league table - being unable to respond with one of their own, giving the hosts all three points.

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Last Time Out

Cardiff City FC Women defeated Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies 2-1 in their last meeting on November 10th, 2019, in a WPWL match played at Cardiff International Sports Campus. 

Briton Ferry got off to a determined start and took the lead after three minutes. Captain Lowri Ridings managed to convert the ball into the net following a scramble in the area, which resulted from a corner.

City responded strongly and came close to an equaliser, three minutes later. Catherine Walsh’s powerful header from close range was saved by Courtney Young.

The Bluebirds continued to press for a leveller and it eventually came with 11 minutes of the opening 45 remaining. Forward Alana Murphy superbly found the bottom left corner from range and became the squad’s top scorer on ten goals.

After the interval, it took the hosts six minutes to go in front. Half-time substitute Kate Jeremiah demonstrated her threat by dashing along the left flank, before delivering a low cross that was beautifully curled in by forward Murphy, who sealed her brace.

Cardiff City looked eager to extend their advantage and after 51 minutes, centre-back Connolly’s ambitious effort from range was threatening, but saved by goalkeeper Young.

Play continued to tighten as both sides continued to stand resilient in defence and no clear-cut opportunities arose until 84 minutes had been played. Pacey forward Jeremiah raced Young to the ball and won, but the ‘keeper was able to save.

Despite City pressing for a third, no further goals followed and the Bluebirds took three points, securing their sixth victory of the competitive campaign.