Cardiff City Women Defeat Rivals Swansea City to Complete Invincible Season

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

Iain Derbyshire’s Cardiff City side had already secured the Genero Adran Premier title going into this weekend but had local rivals Swansea sitting in their way of completing a historic invincible season.

It was the hosts who prevailed in the battle between the league’s top two sides at the Cardiff City Stadium, thereby ensuring they finished the season unbeaten, with a 13-point lead over their opponents.

It was Swansea City’s Katy Hosford who opened the scoring, but the Bluebirds hit back just five minutes later through Lily Billingham.

The game remained level as the hour mark approached, with little to separate the sides. Rhianne Oakley came up with a huge moment to take her chance superbly and put her side ahead.

The Bluebirds looked to press their advantage and produced two further chances for Danielle Green and Lily Billingham. The goal finally came when substitute Zoe Atkins added to the Bluebirds’ lead.

The New Saints capped off a superb year with a stunning 5-4 win over Cardiff Met at Cyncoed. After a disappointing year last season, the transformation in the TNS side has been remarkable over the past few months, as they secured a fourth-placed finish, just three points behind their opponents this weekend.

Wrexham Women secured promotion to the Genero Adran Premier with a tight 1-0 win against Briton Ferry Llansawel in their playoff final at Latham Park on Sunday. A 74th-minute winner from Rebecca Pritchard was all that separated the sides in a hotly contested encounter.

The victory for the North Walian side guarantees semi-professional status for the team after gaining promotion to the top tier of women’s football in Wales.

Swansea City made it five wins from five in the Championship with a dominant 1-0 win against a struggling Huddersfield side at the stadium. It was the unlikely source of Ryan Manning who broke the deadlock 69 minutes into the game, with his deflected strike beating the helpless Tomas Vaclik in the Terriers’ goal.

Cardiff City’s struggles continued as they fell to a disappointing 4-1 loss against high-flying Sheffield United.

Sory Kaba had given City the lead from the penalty spot, after Jack Simpson was caught by Max Lowe. The visitors searched for a second but Manchester City loanee James McAtee leveled things with a fine solo effort.

Cardiff had their chances as the game opened up but failed to take them before the break. They were punished ten minutes into the second half when Jack Robinson headed in from close range.

Further goals from Iliman Ndiaye and Ciaran Clarke made sure of the win for the hosts as the Bluebirds fell to their third defeat in four.

Newport County’s head coach, Graham Coughlan, got the reaction he was hoping for as his side eased to a 2-0 win against Hartlepool United. Goals from Omar Bogle and Mickey Demetriou before halftime were enough for County to secure the win, going 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Wrexham held on to a 0-0 draw against Barnet after Callum McFadzean saw red for a dangerous challenge on Barnet’s Laurie Walker 51 minutes into the game. The draw means that the Reds need six points from their remaining three games to secure automatic promotion to League 2.