Date: Thu 16 Mar 2017

Swans out to extend lead at the top

A convincing 5-1 victory over Llandudno last weekend booked Swansea City a place in the final of FAW Women's Cup, but attentions for Ian Owen's side quickly return to league action this week as they take on Cardiff City looking to move a step closer to the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League title.

Jodie Passmore was the hat-trick hero for Swansea City last weekend, but the side know that they must focus on league matters before taking on Cardiff Met in the final on 9th April. “It always feels great to get a hat-trick,” explained Passmore after the match. “Collectively, we worked very hard and created great chances. The feeling within the team is very positive. It's always special reaching a cup final and hopefully we can carry on our current form and overcome Cardiff Met in the final.” The sentiments were echoed by manager Ian Owen. “This was a great performance and the whole team played well. We were defensively strong and very clinical in front of goal.”

Current league champions Cardiff Met also scored five to reach the final, including a hat-trick for Chloe O'Connor. Defeated cup holders Cardiff City will be keen to avenge the heavy defeat to Met when they host Swansea City on Sunday. Cardiff City have the opportunity to move into second place if they can mastermind a surprise victory, but that would also depend on Abergavenny dropping points when they take on Port Talbot Town at their Pen-y-Pound Stadium. Recently defeated in the WPWL Cup final by Cardiff Met, Richie Jeremiah's side will be keen to finish their league season as strongly as possible. Meanwhile, Port Talbot Town will be desperate to move away from the bottom two places, especially after losing twice to main relegation rivals Rhyl this season.

And Rhyl will be keen to mark their recently improving performances with a positive result on Sunday when they host Llandudno at Belle Vue. The weekend's action is completed at Cyncoed as the side take on struggling Briton Ferry Llansawel, who are still searching for their first win of the season. However, the side drew with Cyncoed 2-2 earlier in the campaign, and will take positives from holding Rhyl to a 1-1 draw away from home in their last match.

“The league has improved a lot in the last few years,” explained Cyncoed Ladies manager Fern Burrage earlier in the campaign. “It's much more competitive now, but we have to keep raising standards and supporting new clubs as they come into the league. The challenge for all the teams is to keep improving on and off the field and attract better players. We're pretty pleased with the season so far. We're disappointed with certain games and there were a few draws that could have been wins, and we also wanted to have a better run in the cup, but our aim in pre-season to keep clear of the bottom places and we're happy with where we are in the table. We have a good mix of youth and experience and we want to finish the season on a high.”

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