Cardiff Met v Swansea City
WPWL League Cup Final
Friday 5 April
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
The second piece of silverware up for grabs this season will be decided tonight as Cardiff Met meet Swansea City in the WPWL League Cup Final.
In the build-up to the match, we spoke to the Archers' Robyn Pinder, and Swans' Katy Hosford, to get their thoughts ahead of the game.
Pinder says that taking the season one game at a time has been key for her side, who are still in the hunt for a domestic treble.
“I think the key has been that we have all been quite relaxed. We set out goals at the start of the season and made sure we didn’t put too much pressure on ourselves. Last year I think we focussed on too many different things and the pressure we put upon ourselves lead to our failures really. This season we have looked to take it step by step, game by game.”
Have lost to Cyncoed in last season’s final, Pinder is hoping her side can go one step further this year.
“We’ve worked so hard and we really have played well this season, the team spirit is so high that it would be devastating if we didn’t manage to get the win. I wasn’t involved personally last year but I am hoping to help the girls get their hands on the trophy. We always have good, competitive games against Swansea so beating them would make it ten times better.”
Pinder believes her first season back with Met has gone well and says that she has enjoyed taking up a senior role in the group.
“It’s gone pretty well, I have managed to chip in with a few goals and assists. I have a really good relationship with Kerry (Harris) as well as Izzy (Taylor) and the rest of the senior players. I have enjoyed taking on more of a senior role within the team and helping out with the coaching and helping the likes of Chloe Tiley and the rest of the younger girls develop.”
Hosford, now in her seventh season with the Swans, believes that the side have developed massively during her time with the club.
“I think that we have progressed a lot, when I first joined back in 2013 there was six or seven of us who were all at a similar age and we’ve been progressing every year. From when we first joined up until now we’ve all developed massively. we’ve played together for so long that we have now become the senior members of the squad and we’ve gelled really well.”
Hosford anticipates a difficult clash against the champions, however believes her side have what it takes to inflict Met’s first defeat of the season on Friday.
“It’s always a challenge against them, we played them at home in the league a couple of weeks ago and got a draw and we were unlucky not to get the win. We want to take the positives from that game and bring them into the final. We know that we can do it and we just have to try our best really.”
The striker is no stranger to a goal in a cup final, having scored in last season’s FAW Women’s Cup final and a brace in the Swans’ 2016 League Cup Victory, however she is happy to trade personal success for team success on Friday night
“I’m just going to try my best, contributing to the team is the main thing but obviously scoring in a cup final is always nice so fingers crossed I can get into the box and get on the end of something!”