Date: Thu 04 Jan 2018

League Cup semi-finals kick-start 2018 for WPWL

The first Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League action of 2018 takes place on Sunday as Cyncoed, Rhyl, Abergavenny and holders Cardiff Met all look to book their place in the League Cup final. However, only two of the four remaining teams can claim a coveted place in the first final of the season.

The pick of the semi-final ties takes place at the Pen-y-Pound Stadium as Abergavenny welcome Cardiff Met in a repeat of last year's final. The students claimed the trophy at the Leckwith Stadium that day with a 4-2 victory thanks to Jassie Vasconcelos scoring a brace, and while Cardiff Met are now leading the way at the top of the WPWL table, Abergavenny will be looking to build on their decent start to the campaign as they plan for the second half of the season.

“It was really amazing,” said Vasconcelos after the match. “I was nervous before the game, playing in a cup final against my old club, but my team mates really helped me and supported me which was great in such a big game. We really support each other and there is a great team spirit in the squad. It was amazing to score two goals, but it was also hard as I have friends playing for Abergavenny, but that's football I guess.”

Cardiff Met made it a cup double last year as Dr Kerry Harris and her side also claimed the FAW Women's Cup, but missed out on the WPWL title and a place in the UEFA Women's Champions League to rivals Swansea City. However, a penalty shoot-out victory for Cardiff Met over the Swans prevented Ian Owen's team from completing the domestic double, and the students from the capital will be keen to claim the first silverware of the season as they look to make a statement heading into the business end of the campaign.

Abergavenny manager Richie Jeremiah will be keen for his side to put in a better performance against Cardiff Met on Sunday than when the two sides met on the first weekend in October, as Met eased to a 5-0 victory. Two goals from Kitty Wells followed on from early goals from Lauren Townsend and Robyn Pinder that day, before substitute Monique Fischer completed the scoring to send Met to the top of the WPWL table.

“Everything we achieved last season, in terms of our league position and reaching the League Cup final, was respectable, but also disappointing in a way,” Jeremiah explained earlier in the season. “It’s certainly given the girls who were here last season the drive to go one step better this year, and we would love to lift some silverware at the end of the campaign.”

Rhyl once again find themselves more concerned with the teams below them in the table as manager Tom Jamieson looks to avoid another relegation battle, and they can expect a difficult test when they make the long journey to Cyncoed. Goals from Gwen Davies, Jess Williams and Niamh Tinman proved to be enough to beat Rhyl when the two sides met in north Wales earlier in the campaign, although Emily Jones did score a consolation goal for the home side in the 3-1 defeat.

Both teams made it through tricky away ties in the quarter-finals to reach this stage, Cyncoed pulling off the result of the round as they knocked out Swansea 3-2, while Rhyl needed extra time to overcome Port Talbot 2-1 after the home side had taken an early lead, Emily Jones' winner in the last minute securing their semi-final spot.

Finally there's one fixture in the League on Sunday too, as Port Talbot host Cardiff City in a clash rearranged from earlier in the season.

Sunday Fixtures:

WPWL League Cup Semi-Finals

Cyncoed v Rhyl (12:00)
Abergavenny v Cardiff Met (13:30)

Orchard WPWL

Port Talbot Town v Cardiff City (14:00)

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