Match Preview | Cyncoed Ladies FC vs. Cardiff City FC Women
Cardiff City FC Women head to Cyncoed Ladies on Thursday evening in WPWL action.
The Bluebirds had a fine result on the weekend, defeating Port Talbot Town, 3-0.
Thursday evening's match at USW Sport Park will kick-off at 7pm, with this match taking place behind-closed-doors.
Cyncoed have won three, drawn three and lost seven of their WPWL fixtures this term, and they have a promising and determined squad, as City head coach Iain Darbyshire explained.
"They're always a good side," began Iain. They've got some young players - and quite a lot of them are involved in the Welsh setup. It's a technical battle - they always make it difficult for us.
"We know the surface is going to be great - and the facilities will be fantastic. So it'll suit our style. We had a good result on the weekend and we're unbeaten in the league since the first game back. We're in a good place and the girls are really motivated for the game.
Talking about the weekend's clash with Port Talbot, Darbyshire added: "We were fantastic in the first half. We could've had more than the three goals we scored. We spoke at half-time about adding to that but they made it really difficult for us second half though. In big games, you have to dig in and dig deep and I thought Charlotte (Hastings) and the defence were fantastic. Ultimately, a three-nil win over a team you're neck and neck with in the league is a great result. We take the positives out of it and hope to build on that in the next two matches.
"We've got a great squad - filled with experience and young players desperate to play. We're looking forward to every game right now."
Former Cyncoed full-back Ffion Price knows our opposition extremely well. She has made 14 appearances in all competitions so far this season during his first campaign with the Bluebirds.
"Cyncoed are a very strong team," Ffion added. "They've got great coaches, they know how to play, and they'll set up well.
"They have very quick players on the attack and are strong defensively, so we'll need to be ready."
Ffion assisted City's second goal during the impressive victory over Port Talbot last weekend. She continued: "I love to get forward and to get a goal or two. It's something I want to continue and add to my game. It was really nice to get further up the field, getting an assist and showing my attacking capabilities alongside my defending.
"It's been really good since I've been here. It's been challenging; fighting for position. The girls have been brilliant and we've had a good season.
"Hopefully I can continue developing my own game, and in the future as a squad we can look at getting our hands on some silverware."