Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019

Capital derby headlines weekend action

Met travel to Leckwith to face City looking to extend their advantage at the top.

The Orchard WPWL returns tomorrow, with a capital derby headlining the afternoon’s fixtures as Cardiff City host Cardiff Met at the Cardiff International Sports Campus.

Met currently have an eight point lead at the top of the table, with City level on points with Swansea in third and second respectively. The Archers also remain unbeaten in all domestic competitions this season, a
run which includes two wins over the Bluebirds in both the League and League Cup.

Those two games were tight affairs. City led for large periods of their Cup Semi-Final clash three weeks ago, second half goals from Naomi Clipston and Madison Schupbach eventually turning the tie in the
Archers’ favour. Their league meeting ended 1-0 to Met, courtesy of an early Robyn Pinder strike.

With only eight games left of the season, City need a win to close the gap on their cross-capital rivals. A victory for Met would take them further clear at the top, as Swansea’s match against Briton Ferry has been postponed due to the latter’s involvement in the FAW Women’s Cup.

Also looking to keep pace with Met are Abergavenny, who host Llandudno at the Pen-y-Pound Stadium. These two sides have also met twice this season, including as recently as last week when Aber were 2-1 winners away at the Seasiders in the Women’s Cup.

Richie Jeramiah’s side also won 5-0 when the sides met in the League earlier in the season, and will be looking to get their 2019 back on track having only played twice in the League since the turn of the year.

The final game of the weekend sees Port Talbot, who are level on points with Abergavenny, host Rhyl. Talbot were also 5-0 winners when the sides met on the north coast earlier this season, and a win tomorrow will keep Hayley Williams’ Blues in touch with the teams around them.

Rhyl meanwhile still only have the one win in the League so far this campaign, and this starts a tough run of fixtures for the Lilywhites, where they meet four of the top five in succession.

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