Date: Fri 25 Jan 2019

Cardiff derby excitement headlines League Cup semi-finals

This Sunday sees south Wales host a double bill of Welsh Premier Women’s League Cup semi-final action.

The league leaders, Cardiff Met, will host their neighbours Cardiff City (KO 11:00) while Rhyl will travel down south to take on Swansea City (KO 14:00).

While the rest of the teams take a weekend break from the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League, only two tickets are ready to be won for a place in the League Cup final.

Cardiff Met vs Cardiff City

The current title race in the WPWL sees Met leading the way by eight points from their local rivals of Cardiff City and Swansea City.

But the league campaigns will be put to the side when both Cardiff sides come together on Sunday morning.

Met could be seen as the favourites going into this tie as the Archers are undefeated in all competitions this season.

The last few days has proven to be a tough week for Cardiff City as a club after the recent news of their January signing Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing after they took off from France last Monday. At this moment in time, police have called off their search for both the footballer and the pilot.

The player who scored to help defeat the Bluebirds last time out, Robyn Pinder, believes her side are the favourites to win the tie come Sunday.

She said: “On paper we probably are favourites and that’s obviously a reflection of the league table.

“In terms of pressure, as a squad we are well equipped to deal with that. Fortunately, we have a nice mix of old/young and experience/inexperience.”

The men’s side last Saturday won the Nathaniel MG Cup after a 2-0 win against Cambrian & Clydach Vale.

A week on, Pinder and her team mates hope the inspiration will help them reach the final hurdle.

She added: “All credit to the men’s team, they work so hard and have got their just desserts. As a football club (men’s and women’s) the trophy count seems to be increasing year by year.

“Of course the men winning is one source of motivation, but we have plenty. The girls narrowly missed out on two cups last year so that’s what’s driving us at the moment.”

Previous Meeting

Sunday September 23, 2018 – Welsh Premier Women’s League

Cardiff Met 1-0 Cardiff City

Only one goal separated the two sides in the early weeks of the current season with Met’s Robyn Pinder finding the net after just 11 minutes.

Cardiff Met League Cup Run

Cyncoed Ladies 0-5 Cardiff Met (2.12.18)

Cardiff City League Cup Run

Abergavenny 1-2 Cardiff City (2.12.18)

Swansea City vs Rhyl

It’s a good 340-mile round trip for Rhyl on Sunday when they travel south to take on Swansea City.

The Swans are joint third with Cardiff City in the League trailing Met by eight points. Rhyl are struggling in their league campaign by being sat on the opposite end of the table second from last in 8th place – 17 points behind Swansea.

Despite Rhyl’s position in the league, Swans’ Sophie Hancocks doesn’t expect the positioning to take into account in Sunday’s match: “Both teams will have everything to play for, everyone wants to be in a cup final, so the pressure will be felt by both teams in what will be expected to be an exciting and competitive game.

“We all have a winning mentality and every game we go into we all share the same passion and work ethic to win. This attitude will be taken into this Sunday’s game just like any other.”

Previous Meeting

Sunday October 28, 2018 – Welsh Premier Women’s League

Swansea City Ladies 7-0 Rhyl Ladies

A one-sided affair when both teams last met during the Halloween season proved to be a frightening day to forget for the Lilywhites.

The highlight of the match was four of the seven goals being scored from Jodie Passmore while Emma Beynon netted a brace and Sophie Hancocks adding to the scoreboard with a single to her name.

Swansea City League Cup Run

Port Talbot Town Ladies 1-2 Swansea City Ladies (2.12.18)

Rhyl League Cup Run

Llandudno 2-3 Rhyl (2.12.18)

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