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Cardiff Met Ladies 4 (Brown 48,71,88, O'Connor 78) Swansea City 0
Cardiff Met Ladies won the FAW Women's Cup Final at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli with striker Emily Brown firing a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Swansea City.
Swansea were the better side in the goalless first half and created more chances than their League leaders. Centre forward Jodie Passmore had two early chances, finding the net on one occasion but assistant referee Cheryl Foster - the 63-times capped Wales international forward - correctly flagged for offside.
After the Swans had dominated both territory and possession during the opening half hour, Met won their first corner of the game following a strong run from captain and centre back Hannah Billingham. From that corner, Chloe O'Connor found herself in space in the six yard area but her shot was well smothered by Ffion Ashman in the Swansea goal.
The second half told a different story as the fitness and clinical finishing of the students saw them score four unanswered goals. Emily Brown scored the opener in the 48th minute as she latched onto a long ball to finish superbly from wide on the right.
Swansea looked a shadow of themselves after the break and as Met continued to apply the pressure, Brown capitalised to score her second. She used her pace to latch onto a good through ball to round Ashman to double the advantage.
Ian Owen's Swansea almost replied instantly as defender Natalie Ashford volleyed from 10 yards out, but Yzzy Taylor saved well.
In the 78th minute, Chloe O'Connor wrapped things up, as another through ball beat the tiring Swansea defence and the talented forward had enough power in her shot to find the back of the net, despite Ashman getting a glove to it.
With two minutes to go, player of the match Brown completed her hat-trick with another classy finish to claim the match ball, her player of the match trophy and a winners medal.
Cardiff Met have now won the FAW Womens Cup and the Welsh Premier Womens Cup and will be hoping that they can secure the league title to complete a domestic treble.
Cardiff Met Ladies: Yzzy Taylor, Siobhan Humphrey, Robyn Pinder, Chole Tucker, Steph Turner (sub Jenny Gray 87mins), Hannah Billingham, Ellie Sargent, Emily Allen, Emily Brown (sub Abi Fever 89mins), Chloe O'Connor, Sophie Scherschel (sub Joni Warner 81mins). Subs not used: Abbie Morrissey, Keeley Fitzgerald.
Swansea City: Ffion Ashman, Lowri Ridings (sub Sara Llewellyn 82mins), Alicia Powe, Sophie Hancocks, Natalie Ashford, Sarah Adams (sub Lindsay Morgan 83mins), Emma Beynon, Katy Hosford, Jodie Passmore (sub Lisa Owens 66mins), Chloe Lloyd, Kelly Newcombe. Subs not used: Adi Taviner, Kirsty O'Donnell.
(Report and photo - www.faw.org.uk)
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