The Women’s FA Cup gives me a good opportunity to see some teams I’ve never seen before. That’s especially the case if Durham draw a team from the southern division of the National League as I’ve seen very few of them play. When I was looking at Cardiff, I stumbled across Cardiff City Women and I now think I know the difference. Cardiff City Ladies (this team) were affiliated with Cardiff City in the early 2000’s, but that affiliation came to an end in 2013. But, they were allowed to keep the name and kit colours. So, although they now have nothing to do with Cardiff City, they still play in blue and are called Cardiff City, but their badge is totally different. Cardiff City Women, on the other hand, play in the Women’s Welsh Premier League and are (I think) affiliated with the men’s team. The only difference between the two names is Ladies and Women. I think that’s right anyway!
Durham ease into fifth round of FA Women’s Cup with victory over Cardiff
Durham Women eased their way into the last 16 of the FA Women’s Cup with a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
Abby Holmes’s first goal for the club put Durham ahead in the eighth minute, but Kylie Nolan, just two minutes after her side had missed a penalty, pulled Cardiff level in the 21st minute.
Beth Hepple regained Durham’s lead just before the break, and second half goals from Sarah Robson and Zoe Ness (x2) ensured Durham booked their trip to Bristol City Women.
Durham applied pressure on their visitors early on, and they broke the deadlock with their first real opportunity. Following a string of corners, Hepple’s delivery found Holmes at the back post who headed home.
In the 15th minute, Durham’s lead could have been doubled. Hepple’s through ball gave Ness a chase, and she got there before Laura O’Sullivan but Ness’ first time lobbed effort bounced wide.
Sloppy defending gifted Cardiff a penalty in the 18th minute. The Wildcats were guilty of sloppily trying to play the ball out of the back, and Ellie Christon’s ball across her own penalty area was intercepted. A pass found Nolan in the penalty area, and her heals were clipped meaning the referee pointed to the spot. Cori Williams took responsibility, but Megan Borthwick guessed correctly and saved.
Just two minutes later, though, Cardiff were level. Again, Durham were caught out trying to play out of the back and being sloppy. A loose pass once again gifted Nolan a chance, and this time she found the net via the far post.
Durham’s lead was almost regained in the 27th minute. Ness did exceptionally well to beat numerous Cardiff defenders before her curling 20 yard effort bounced back off the post.
Emily Roberts then had a chance come and go, before Hepple’s free-kick went close.
Apart from their penalty and goal, Cardiff created little in the first half.
Just a couple of minutes before the break, having controlled most of the first half, Durham regained their lead. Sarah Wilson had a header cleared off the line, but Cardiff could only clear as far as Hepple who drilled an effort through a host of bodies and into the net.
Following the break, Durham went in search of a third. A crucial block denied Ness after good work from Roberts, but there was no denying Robson in the 50th minute. A fine routine saw a Wilson free-kick find the unmarked Roberts. Her header across the face of goal found Robson, and she was there to turn the ball into the net.
A few substitutions slowed the game down, but there was a chance for Ness in the 67th minute. Nicki Gears picked out Ness, but the Scotland international’s effort was saved.
More good work from Gears created another chance soon after. This time she teed up Abi Cottam, but her effort was a matter of inches over.
In the 70th minute, Cardiff created their first real chance of the second half. A corner dropped kindly for Shannon Greenway, but she drilled narrowly over from eight yards.
That was the start of a short spell of pressure from the visitors, but they couldn’t create any further chances.
Cottam went close for Durham in the 83rd minute, before Ness put the game to bed with Durham’s fourth. Lisa Robertson burst down the wing and pulled a low ball back to Ness whose first time flicked effort gave O’Sullivan no chance.
In the 88th minute, Ness collected her second and Durham’s fifth of the afternoon. A slight scramble eventually saw the ball find Ness, and she stabbed home at the second time of asking.
Ness could have had her hat-trick in the 90th minute when she raced through, but a good save from O’Sullivan prevented her.
The win was comfortable for Durham in the end, and they’ll face a trip to WSL Bristol City Women in the fifth round.
Full-time: Durham Women 5-1 Cardiff City Ladies
Next up for me is Sunderland U23s vs Peterborough United U23s tomorrow.
Durham Women: Borthwick, Holmes (Hill, 59′), Christon, Wilson (c), Salicki, Robertson, Lee, Hepple (Robson, 46′), Gears, Roberts (Cottam, 61′), Ness
Unused sub: Reid
Cardiff City Ladies: O’Sullivan (c), Greenway, Guard (Miles, 66′), Nolan, Isaac, Emma Jones, Williams, Horrell, Cerys Jones (Rogers, 87′), Lawrence (Jumaratie, 78′), Lloyd
Unused subs: Graham, Soper
Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions
Referee: Matthew Sowerby