The Portuguese youngster scored twice as Cardiff Met claimed a 4-2 victory over Abergavenny last weekend to claim the League Cup, but it proved to be a bittersweet success for Vasconcelos with her two goals coming against her former club. “It was really amazing,” said Vasconcelos. “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.”
This weekend the champions return to Cyncoed to take on Rhyl, knowing that a victory could move them a step closer to current league leaders Swansea City. Met are currently six points adrift of Ian Owen's side, having lost and drawn with them in the league this season, but have a game in hand on the team looking to end their recent domestic dominance. Meanwhile, Met continue to challenge in the FAW Women's Cup with the semi-finals taking place later this month, but the side are taking things week by week as they look to end the season on a high. “Every game is a big game for us,” Vasconcelos added. “I think we've had a good season so far, but we're not looking too far ahead, and we are just concentrating on the next game.”
Vasconcelos arrived at Cardiff Met last summer, and hit the ground running as she played for the side in their UEFA Champions League campaign, featuring in games against Spartak Subotica and Breidablik. “Playing in the Champions League was just an amazing experience for me,” she explained. “I had only just joined Cardiff Met but everyone was so supportive, and this season I really think I've grown as a person and as a player. I'm a lot more calm and confident now, and I'm just dreaming of winning more trophies. I've hadn't won anything in football before the cup final, so it was very special for me. I just want to experience more days like that in the future.”
Meanwhile, league leaders Swansea City will be without Emma Beynon when they take on Aberystwyth Town at Llandarcy on Sunday, as the teenager is currently on international duty with Wales at the Cyprus Cup tournament. “It’s an honour to be selected for Wales and I’m so grateful for the opportunity,” said Beynon following her selection. “I’ve put a lot of extra work in this season, so it’s great to see that paying off and I’m really looking forward to the chance to represent Wales Women at the highest possible level.” Her achievement was also praised by manager Ian Owen. “I am absolutely delighted for Emma,” he said. “She thoroughly deserves this opportunity. Her form this season has been fantastic and she is a very influential player for us. It goes to show how well our team has performed this season and now our players are getting the recognition they deserve.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, Cardiff City will look to keep in with the title challengers when they take on Llandudno in North Wales, while Port Talbot Town will be keen to move away from the bottom two positions when they host Cyncoed at Victoria Road.