Match Preview: Cardiff Metropolitan University vs. Cardiff City Women

Match Preview | Cardiff Met vs. Cardiff City Women

Cardiff City Women begin their defence of the Adran Premier title with an away trip to Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Campus.

The fixture will take place on Sunday, September 17th, with a kick-off time of 2pm.

Tickets for Sunday’s match will be available to purchase on arrival, with prices as follows:

  • Adults - £3.50
  • Concessions - £2
  • U16 – Free

If you can’t make it to Cyncoed Campus on Sunday, coverage of the game will be available on Twitter - @CardiffCityFCW

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Met were founded in 1992 and were previously known as UWIC Ladies, before changing their name at the end of the 2011/12 season.

The club were founding members of the equivalent of the Adran Premier in 2009. Their first two seasons in the league saw them finish second in the table.

Since then, the Archers have won the title on six occasions, most recently in the 2018/19 season.

Having competed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 15 fixtures, the club have claimed two wins and one draw in the competition, since their first involvement in 2012.

Ellie Preece in action for Cardiff Met

The Archers finished third in Wales’ top-flight in the 2022/23 campaign, having accumulated 29 points in their 20 fixtures.

Having secured a place in the top four at the end of the end of Phase One, Cardiff Met competed in the Championship Conference with the Bluebirds, Swansea City and The New Saints.

The side had a tough spell of results in Phase Two, having lost all of their six fixtures.

However, the Archers had success in the Adran Trophy, winning the competition for a second consecutive season.

Emma Beynon

It’s been a busy summer for the Bluebirds, who competed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League this month for a second time in the Club’s history.

In preparation for the new campaign, City have competed in pre-season fixtures against strong teams in England, earning wins over the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Brighton & Hove Albion U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21.

Head coach Iain Darbyshire has also bolstered his squad this summer with six new signings.

Midfield duo Kelly Adams and Emma Beynon have joined from Swansea City Ladies, while Tija Richardson and Amelia Forkings made the move to City from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

City’s forward-line has also seen new additions, with exciting prospects Mackenzie Olden and Molly Kehoe.

Rhianne Oakley scores for Cardiff City Women

The Bluebirds faced Cardiff Met in last season’s FAW Women’s Cup Semi-Final at Merthyr Town’s Penydarren Park.

City put in a fine performance to book a place in the final, with Seren Watkins’ pinpoint cross finding Rhianne Oakley, who netted the opening goal.

With an hour on the clock, Danielle Green delivered low from the left, with Oakley on-hand at the back post to fire home her second.

Having secured a place in the FAW Women’s Cup Final, City went on to defeat Briton Ferry Llanswel to win the competition for a second consecutive season.