Cardiff City Ladies were at risk of being on the wrong end of a cup upset when unbeaten Chichester City Ladies came to the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence on Sunday. However it wasn’t to be for the side the league below Cardiff, who ended up getting thumped 7-1 by the home side.
Cardiff got off to the best possible start when Kerry Bartlett volleyed home a Cori Williams cross after just 90 seconds. Despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball, the shot had too much power and rocketed into the roof of the net. However, despite Cardiff’s perfect start Chichester reacted well, with very end to end football being played and both sides having chances. Kerry Bartlett would see another volley on goal, this time being saved, in the 3rd minute, before Cori Williams took a shot from a corner that would turn into the first of many Cardiff attempts to come back out off the woodwork.
Chichester’s bright response to going a goal down was rewarded in the 9th minute when Cardiff keeper Laura O’Sullivans punch out from a corner was met by the head of a Chichester attacker, with the ball hitting the bar and dropping to Chloe Dowdell 2 yards from the goal to tap in for the equaliser. After this the game became very close, with neither team creating any clear cut chances. That is until the 15th minute when Laura Williams picked up the ball on the edge of the Chichester box, twisting and turning she took two defenders out of the game before slotting the ball into the opposite corner of the goal. Williams’ fortune would continue, when less than 45 seconds later she was threaded through down the line by Niamh Tinman, before cutting into the middle and giving Cardiff a two goal lead.
This sparked the beginning of an attacking masterclass by Cardiff, with Chloe Chivers hitting the bar from range in the 23rd minute, before Cori Williams was brought down in the box in the 27th minute to earn Cardiff a penalty, which she then proceeded to slot home confidently. Chivers would get her goal 3 minutes later, bringing down a long ball with her chest and volleying on the turn to make it 5-1 to Cardiff after only half an hour. Cardiff’s first class rout was completed in the 34th minute when Abbie Britton got on the end of a cross to head home for 6-1.
Chichester began to get a foothold in the game at this point, forcing a very good save out of O’Sullivan, who got down quickly, clawing the ball off the goal line when it looked certain to go in. Cardiff would go on to hit the bar 3 more times through Chivers, Williams and Michelle Green before half time.
The second half was a much tighter affair, both teams playing very physical football, however with the game already over, neither team created any clear cut chances. Cardiff would score one more time, however to say the chance was clear cut would be incorrect. In what was the goal of the game, in a game with some really good goals, Chloe Chivers picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, set herself up, and unleashed a piledriver that even the best goalkeepers in the world would’ve struggled to even get close to, making it 7-1 after 62 minutes. The final half an hour of the game went by without much incident, both sides struggling to make clear chances, with both hitting the bar one more time each for good measure. A comfortable victory for Cardiff, who move on to face Liverpool Feds, on the 11th of December.
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