Date: Fri 13 Apr 2018

Met set to move within touching distance of title

The FAW Women's Cup final takes place on Sunday between Cardiff City and Swansea City, but while the current Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League champions focus on cup success, Cardiff Met can move another step closer to reclaiming the title.

Bottom club Caernarfon Town are the visitors to Cardiff Met on Sunday in one of three WPWL fixtures taking place over the weekend. The Archers currently have a five point lead at the top, and while they can still be caught by Swansea City and Abergavenny, a victory over Caernarfon Town would put them within a couple of points of being crowned champions with two more games remaining.

Cardiff Met won three consecutive WPWL titles between 2013/14 and 2015/16, and recorded 6-1 and 6-0 victories over Caernarfon Town in the League Cup and WPWL respectively earlier in the season. It continues to be a difficult season for Caernarfon Town as they head into their final few games still searching for their first points of the campaign, but if they can upset the champions-elect on Sunday, it would be the result of the season.

Meanwhile, struggling Caldicot Town host Cyncoed on Sunday afternoon, and while they are destined to finish in the relegation places, they did shock Cyncoed earlier in the campaign. Ashleigh Harris was the hero for Caldicot Town back in November as they claimed a memorable 3-2 win, and Cyncoed manager Fern Burrage recently admitted that her side had taken their opponents for granted that day, and that the visitors deserved their win.

The remaining WPWL match on Sunday takes place between Port Talbot Town and Rhyl. Tom Jamieson's team from North Wales have already claimed two 2-1 victories over Port Talbot Town in the League and WPWL this season, and the manager will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins as his side aim to finish the season on a high. However, Hayley Williams will be desperate for her side to make amends for the double defeat having recently taken charge of Port Talbot Town, and close and competitive game is expected.

The main focus on Sunday will be on events at the Cardiff City Stadium as the 26th FAW Women's Cup final takes place. In a repeat of the 2014/15 final, Swansea City manager Ian Owen would be more than happy with the same 4-2 scoreline, while his side will have the psychological advantage having already defeated Cardiff City 3-0 earlier in the season through goals from Jodie Passmore and a brace from Stacey John-Davies.

In addition to their 2014/15 success, Swansea City also lifted the Cup in 2010/11 with a 3-0 win over Caernarfon Town at Aberystwyth. Meanwhile, Cardiff City claimed the trophy for the first time in 2015/16 with a 5-2 win over Llandudno at Newtown. Kick off at Cardiff City Stadium is at 3pm.

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