The Archers Picked Up A Second Successive Genero Adran Trophy

Harry Corish - Sportin Journalist

Cardiff Met ladies side beat their city rivals at the fourth time of asking, to win their second successive Genero Adran Trophy, ending Cardiff City’s chances of a treble this season.

It was a dream start for the Cardiff Met side who found themselves two goals ahead of their rivals after just 22 minutes. Last years’ hero Erin Murray scored two early goals to put the Archers into an early 2-0 lead.

Siobhan Walsh did get a goal back for the Bluebirds, who have been flying high this season. But Ellie Preece scored a late goal to seal the final for Cardiff Met, who continue to have the edge over Cardiff City in the Adran Trophy.

Iain Derbyshire’s side still have plenty to play for this season. They currently hold a seven point advantage at the top of the Adran Premier league and will be looking to defend their FAW Women’s Cup on the 23rd April.

Meanwhile Cardiff City’s Sabri Lamouchi will be lamenting his sides’ individual errors, which cost them dearly, despite having shown an excellent account of themselves against Preston North End this weekend.

Preston’s Thomas Cannon opened the scoring in the 68th minute. Jack Alnwick then saw red for a dangerous tackle on the striker, it was the second time in two weeks Cardiff’s goalkeeper was sent off. Down to ten men, Cardiff were then given a final knockout blow when Welsh striker Ched Evans scored a second for the hosts.

Swansea fared little better as they fell to their fourth defeat in five, losing 3-1 at home against one of the form sides in the Championship, in Middlesbrough. Star striker Joel Piroe gave the Swans an early lead, as he added the finishing touches to a near flawless Swansea counterattack, netting his 14th goal of the season.

There were even more positives early in the second half, as the Swans caused Middlesbrough all sorts of issues in attack. Jay Fulton thought he had doubled Swansea’s lead in the 53rd minute, but just five minutes later, the visitors had equalised through England under-21 international, Aaron Ramsey.

Another quickfire goal from Cameron Archer duly followed, as Swansea found themselves 2-1 down within the hour mark. And Chuba Akpom made sure of the victory for Middlesbrough in the 77th minute, slotting his penalty calmly past Swansea’s Andy Fisher.

Newport picked up another point in League Two, thanks to a Mickey Demetriou equaliser. It was a strong performance from County, who were unlucky to have been a goal behind at the break.

Following Demetriou’s equaliser, the hosts searched for the winner, but they couldn’t quite find the finishing touches to take all three points on the day.

Meanwhile Wrexham beat a club record this weekend, their 1-0 win against Southend stretched their unbeaten run to 25 games. While it wasn’t the most exciting of spectacles in North Wales, a win for Phil Parkinson’s side meant they were able to maintain their four-point lead over Notts County, as their battle for League Two promotion continues to intensify.