Date: Thu 19 Apr 2018

Llandudno out to spoil the title party

A full programme of Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League fixtures are scheduled to take place on Sunday, but the attention will be firmly-fixed on events at Llandudno as a victory for visiting Cardiff Met would seal the WPWL title for the Archers.

Goals from Stephanie Turner and a brace from Stacey Ayling earned Cardiff Met a comfortable 3-0 win over Llandudno at Cyncoed Campus back in January, and having surrendered their league title to rivals Swansea City last season, the students will be desperate to lift the trophy once again. Should they find themselves celebrating on Sunday, the side can look forward to another UEFA Women's Champions League campaign next season.

Since the defeat against Cardiff Met, Llandudno have won just once in the WPWL, as two goals from Mari Gibbard completed a 3-0 win over Rhyl earlier this month after Katie Bowe had opened the scoring. In their last match, Llandudno suffered a 4-0 reverse against Swansea City, and if the side are to celebrate on Sunday in what is their final home game of the campaign they will need to make a significant impact on the WPWL title.

Although the defence of the title appears to be on the verge of coming to a disappointing end, Swansea City had cause to celebrate last Sunday as they lifted the FAW Women's Cup at the expense of Cardiff City. Despite the Bluebirds taking the lead through Alana Murphy at the Cardiff City Stadium, Ian Owen's side responded with the character of champions with goals from Jodie Passmore and the Katy Hosford.

“We know that Cardiff are a counter-attacking team and we know that we generally start slowly, so we just concentrated on possession and that proved to be key,” explained Owen to the official Swansea City website after the match. “Everyone ran miles and all did exactly what we asked them to do. They implemented the game-plan really well and ultimately came out on top.” Swansea City now make the long journey to Rhyl on Sunday, and if they are to have any hope of completing a league and cup double, nothing but a win will do.

Struggling duo Caernarfon Town and Caldicot Town go head-to-head for the second time in a month on Sunday, and anything but a first win of the season would confirm relegation for the Canaries. Caldicot are already relegated having played two games more, including the recent 3-1 win over Caernarfon. Meanwhile, a close and competitive game is expected at Cyncoed as they host Richie Jeremiah's Abergavenny, with both sides still pushing to finish in second place.

The action is completed at Cardiff City as the defeated cup finalists host Port Talbot Town. The visitors claimed an impressive 5-0 win over Rhyl at Victoria Road last weekend, and Hayley Williams' side have now scored 21 goals in their last five WPWL fixtures. Laura-May Walkley grabbed a brace in the win last weekend, and she has proved to be an inspirational signing as the side look to end the campaign on a high.

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