It’s a cup final special this week as Martin Townley and Perry Dobbins team up to cover the FAW Welsh Women’s Cup Final, plus we have all the news from the Central Wales FA Women’s Cup Final (25/4/23).
Above: Eliza Collie celebrates after scoring for Cardiff City in the FAW Welsh Women’s Cup Final against Briton Ferry Llansawel. Photo: Perry Dobbins.
FAW Welsh Women’s Cup Final
Cardiff City 4-0 Briton Ferry Llansawel
by Martin Townley with photo gallery from Perry Dobbins at Penydarren Park
Cardiff City finished off their season with a comfortable Welsh Cup final win to complete the double at Merthyr Town’s Penydarren Park.
Zoe Atkins had Cardiff’s first chance as she headed wide from a Ffion Price corner. Catherine Walsh was unable to turn in soon after again from a Price corner.
Cardiff were in control and had more possession, but Briton Ferry, who play in the league below, were holding on well against the Adran Premier Champions.
The game turned Cardiff’s way 20 minutes in as City scored twice in quick succession. Eliza Collie broke behind the Ferry defensive line to slide the ball past Courtney Young. Catherine Walsh then turned in from close range to make it 2-0.
The Bluebirds looked like they would run away with the game, but Courtney Young made two good saves first from Atkins turning round the post. Then tipping over the bar from Catherine Walsh.
Briton Ferry regrouped, and Megan Kearle tried a shot from distance, but it was straight at the keeper. With halftime approaching it looked like Ferry would get to the break just two down but a late corner from Ffion Price found its way in at the near post.
Alice Broadley had a chance early in the second half to pull a goal back, but the ball just wouldn’t fall to her in the box. As Cardiff tried to clear Fleur Jenkins got a shot off, but it was blocked.
The second half was much tighter with fewer chances for both sides. Young saved from Collie after Lowri Ridings’ back pass was intercepted, and Phoebie Poole headed wide.
Lowri Baker saw her shot blocked and Mollie Jones lost out chasing a loose ball to Cardiff keeper Ceryn Chamberlain. The Bluebirds finished the game off with Rhianne Oakley adding a fourth in the final minute to complete the league and cup double.
Perry Dobbins’ photo gallery from the FAW Welsh Women’s Cup Final:
Central Wales FA Ladies’ Challenge Cup Final
Aberystwyth Town Women finished their season with a thumping win to lift the Central Wales FA Ladies’ Challenge Cup, beating Llanfair United 7-0 in the final at Llanidloes, writes the ATWFC Media team.
A hat-trick from Emily Thomas plus goals from Jamie Boyd, Ffiona Evans, Alaw Davies, and Rebecca Challinor meant the Seasiders retained their trophy.
Boyd was making her starting debut, with substitute Gwenllian Mason named in the first-team squad for the very first time.