Cardiff v City Ladies: Match report
- 26 March 2013 10:34
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @Footykev
An unknown quantity in Cardiff City LFC awaited the Citizens last weekend as they looked to banish the disappointment of two recent cup defeats and get back to winning ways in the National Division.
With Lynda Shepherd returning from international duty and Chelsea Nightingale failing a late fitness test, there were a couple of enforced changes made from last week's line-up.
A bright start by the Citizens saw them test Wales number one Rhian Nokes early in the game through Young and Buffel with the latter seeing her effort end up in the side netting. City had two further shots blocked from Young after ten minutes as they looked the side most likely to break the deadlock.
On 23 minutes City had their best opportunity when Carly Bayley's head met a Danni Young freekick, but the former could only see her header flash wide. City won a corner in the 27th minute and from a Buffel delivery the ball was half cleared falling invitingly for Bayley to drive home from seven yards out, giving the Blues a lead that their early play had warranted.
As the first half drew to a close Cardiff hadn't created anything on the Citizens goal when a loose pass saw Savage challenge from behind 25 yards out winning the ball, however referee James saw the infringement and blew for the freekick. In what was to be their first shot on target in the half captain Townsend stepped up and blasted in the equaliser.
With half an hour to go Cardiff took the lead, the ball was crossed towards the edge of the City box and with a shout of 'leave it' from Stewart, she then received the ball to strike home. City understandably were perplexed at this and made their feelings known to referee James nearly resulting in a booking for Shepherd, but the official was in no mood for discussion..
The Blues had their equaliser on 66 minutes when Johnston latched onto a through ball down the Citizens’ right and floated the ball to the back post beating Nokes to claim her fifth goal this season.
Cardiff broke during the 86th minute, with the centre forward a yard offside but not active, the play continued leaving City incensed at the lack of consistency in the decision making of the officials. The ball was put out for a throw to Cardiff, after failing to put her hands behind her head the ball was put back into play. The cross came in and Aldridge finished from close range.
City pressured again looking for the equaliser but their efforts were in vain as the final whistle blew on a creditable performance by the Citizens, but had to leave Wales with nothing to show for their considerable efforts.
Leigh Wood gave his thoughts on the afternoon's events:
"After the results of the last two games we came to Cardiff looking for a performance, which we got. The players can be pleased with the way they performed but still need to understand that mistakes at this level will get punished as they did for Cardiff's opening two goals. The officials however didn't help and were terrible at times, all you ask for is that they are consistent, unfortunately that wasn't the case today".
CITY STARTING XI: Worrall, Middleton, Harding, Shepherd, McManus, Bayley, Young, Johnston, Savage (c), Lee, Buffel
SUBS: McLellan, Jordan, Danby, Turner