Match Preview | The New Saints FC Women vs. Cardiff City FC Women
Cardiff City FC Women travel to face The New Saints at Park Hall on Sunday (17/10) afternoon, 2pm KO.
The Bluebirds will be looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the FAW Women’s Cup.
City are in a positive run of form, recording three consecutive wins, the most recent coming in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Pontypridd Town.
In the previous round, the Bluebirds progressed with a 9-1 win over Caldicot Town, in which Danielle Green netted a superb first-half hat-trick.
Opponents The New Saints claimed a 3-0 victory over Wrexham in Round Two, with their first league win of the season coming just three days later as they defeated Aberystwyth Town 2-0.
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“We’re expecting a difficult game,” head coach Iain Darbyshire began. “They made it hard for us the last time we played. Although we came away with a 3-0 win, it was a tough game. They were well organised and we’re expecting the same this weekend.
“Confidence is flying through the group. You can see it in training. Everyone is feeling a part of it and is buzzing around the place so we’re looking to take that into the game.
“Games like these are massively important. We always want to win every competition that we’re in and a win this weekend puts us through to the quarter-finals, so it’s another step in the positive direction.
“Hopefully, we can get a win this weekend and we’ll look forward to who we could get in the quarter-final.”
Megan Saunders, who netted a superb brace in the victory over Pontypridd Town, added: “The morale is really high at the moment. It’s a great feeling. We’ve started to get a lot more people come to watch our games, which creates a really nice atmosphere.
“The girls are working really hard. We’ve reacted really well to losing to Swansea and we’re looking to take that confidence into the next few games.
“It’s very important for us to go far in the cup. I think we’re definitely capable of winning something this year, either a cup or try and keeping pushing in the league.”
Commenting on being named Adran Premier Star of the Week, Saunders said: “I’m so delighted with it. It’s making me keep working harder and harder to keep up the good performances.
“The build-up to my second goal last week was unreal. Nine of our players touched the ball to create the goal, which was great.”