One thing that won’t have surprised anyone who has been following the two clubs is the names on the scoresheet being Stacey John-Davies and Katy Hosford, who have not only been prolific this season, but have now scored ten goals against the Bluebirds between them in the WPWL since 2014 (six and four respectively). Only Jodie Passmore, now at Cardiff Met, has scored more in the same period, with nine to her name on behalf of Swansea.
When Cardiff first joined the WPWL back in 2011, they immediately stamped their authority on the league and the fixture, winning 4-0 at home and 3-0 away. However, since then the games have become much closer with a quarter of the encounters resulting in a draw and a third having just one goal making the difference.
Swansea have also edged it overall, not just in the league, but also when the two sides met in the FAW Cup final in 2018 hosted at the Cardiff City Stadium. After going in all square at the break, Alana Murphy broke the deadlock to put the Bluebirds ahead, the lead didn’t last long as Passmore slotted home a penalty just 10 minutes later. Hosford scored just after the 70th minute putting Swansea in the driving seat and they saw out the game to win 2-1.
The most dramatic league win was possibly in March 2017; hosts Cardiff took an early lead through Shannon Evans’ two goals, before Hosford pulled one back for the Swans, only for Hannah Daley to make it three for Cardiff. Passmore netted again for Swansea, but it looked like the Bluebirds would be taking the three points until Hosford grabbed her second in the 88th minute to make it 3-3 and Katie Davis scored in stoppage time, her 93rd minute goal giving the Swans the victory.
With the win on Sunday allowing Swansea to leapfrog Cardiff it could prove to be an important three points for the Swans as the Bluebirds will be looking to regain their perch at the top of the table that they’ve held since the season began in September.
The two teams will meet at least twice more this season, in the Orchard WPWL on 1st March 2020 and in the WPWL Cup (TBC).
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