Cardiff City Women’s Team won the FAW Women’s Cup on Sunday, in what can only be described as a truly remarkable cup final. The girls in blue came from behind to beat Llandudno Ladies 5-2 on a sunny afternoon in Newtown.
The artificial grass surface meant that a fast flowing game was inevitable, and after just 5 minutes Llandudno Ladies took a surprise lead through Katie Bowe’s impressive 25 metre strike which sailed over City stopper Ceryn Chamberlain.
The Bluebirds didn’t let the early lead damage their confidence however. Just four minutes after conceding, the Bluebirds finally found some space in the box; Kylie Nolan saw her attempt on goal saved before equalizing on the follow up.
City’s strike force began firing endless attempts at goal, with Jessica Hughes, Llandudno’s keeper making some fantastic stops.
Eventually the pressure paid off, after some creative link up play Evans lifted the ball over the keeper from close range to give the Bluebirds the lead for the first time in the match on the 18th minute.
On the brink of half time, Llandudno pressed forward and were unlucky to see Sofie Owen’s strike fade wide past the post.
The Bluebirds changed their shape for the second half and started brightly, the pressure continued on the Llanduno defense and on the 67th minute, Shannon Evans extended the lead to 3-1. Minutes later Nolan had a chance to put the game out of sight but Hughes stood her ground well.
Star striker Evans continued to trouble the North Walian’s defense, and on the 72nd minute Colville fouled Evans in the box to give City the chance to close the game. Substitute Chelsea Cochrane stepped up and confidently capitalised.
The 3 goal lead saw Cardiff City Women’s switch off as Catrin Thomas pulled one back for Llandudno Ladies on the 76th minute. There was a real sense of a comeback within the North Walian camp as Chamberlain was called upon moments later to deny a two goal margin being cut down to one.
However, it was Shannon Evans who stole the show with an 82nd minute hat-trick after latching on to a long ball from Captain Siobhan Walsh.
No one can deny that the title belonged to the girls in blue, having knocked out the leagues top two teams, Cardiff Met. Uni and Swansea City Ladies on their way to the final.
Damian Flynn, Head of Women & Girls Football gave his thoughts on the victory: “A fantastic result and by far my most enjoyable moment in football for me to date, it was so pleasing to see that all the hard work and effort both on and off the field by staff and players has finally paid off and we have some silverware to prove it.
I am so pleased for the players and it was such a joy to see them lift the cup after all the tough tests they have faced this season whereby they have come out fighting and stronger after each one.
I was also overwhelmed to see Mike Thomas (Chairman of the Women’s team) finally reap the rewards after all his off the field work he has dedicated to the team on a voluntary basis over the past 8 seasons pay off in a positive way.
The success of the Women & Girl’s team is also down to its terrific support from Arriva Trains Wales. Without Arriva’s support and investment in community football for women & girls this would not be possible.
I would also like to thank Wheadons Coaches for providing a 52 seater bus, making the long journey.”
Congratulations to all involved on a fantastic performance, and even better cup run.