Match Preview: Cardiff City FC Women vs. Swansea City Ladies
Cardiff City FC Women return to league action in the WPWL on Sunday afternoon as they host league leaders Swansea City Ladies - kick-off at 2pm.
Having returned from a nearly month-long spell without a match, the Bluebirds faced stiff competition from Cardiff Met in fixtures whilst competing in two separate cup matches earlier in the month.
City hosted the Archers twice in five days as they met in both the Quarter-Final of the FAW Women's Cup and Semi-Final of the WPWL League Cup, with both fixtures being highly competitive throughout.
The Bluebirds surprised the current title holders with three goals scored in the first half on Wednesday, February 19th. Kate Jeremiah opened the scoring early, followed up by Zoe Atkins' terrific half-volley. Scoring the third, Catherine Walsh struck home from the penalty spot, leaving the visitors to chase a well-earned lead, eventually getting one back in the 85th minute of play.
A second meeting between the two side showcased the Bluebirds' strength of character, as two late equalisers - one in normal time and the other in the 116th minute of play - resulted in the score being settled through a penalty shootout. Denied a place in the Final of the WPWL League Cup by the finest of margins, City had yet again impressed with a valiant display against the Archers.
Returning to league action on Sunday, the Bluebirds are currently in third place on the WPWL table, with a game in hand over second-placed Cardiff Met, who sit three points above.
The Bluebirds have had 11 different scorers in the 2019/20 season so far, with Kate Jeremiah currently top, having scored 19 times for the Bluebirds in all competitions from 17 appearances.
The Swans’ Form
Sunday’s opposition are currently top of the WPWL table, having won all of their match so far this season. Most recently, the Swans defeated Aberystwyth 5-1 in a on February 2nd, taking their unbeaten league run to nine matches in a row.
Included in the opposition's previous victories is a 1-0 win over second-place side Cardiff Met on Sunday, January 5th. Sunday's fixture provides the Bluebirds with the opportunity to draw level with the Archers on points, having currently played one match less than their local rivals.