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Cardiff Met Ladies' second match in their UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying group ended in a 5-1 defeat against Gintra Universitetas but the margin of defeat was harsh on Kerry Harris' side.
It started promisingly for the Welsh Premier Women's League Champions but the pace of Gintra's Ivory Coast International Ange Nguessan caused some problems and Met were 2-0 down within 13 minutes, both goals scored by Rebecca Elloh.
Cardiff came back into the game well and were very threatening, getting their reward in the 23rd minute from a great cross from Ellie Sargent that was slotted home by Erin Murray.
Met came out full of confidence in the second half and even after going down 3-1 to a Nguessan goal in the 66th minute, the Welsh side were still the better of the two sides for long periods of the second half.
In quick succession Met lost two players due to questionable refereeing decisions. Robyn Pinder was pulled down in the opposition area and, to her bemusement, was the player to receive the caution, being made to leave the field of play due to it being her second cautionable offence. Steph Turner received her second yellow card a minute later, taking Met down to nine players.
Gintra capitalised on their extra players, scoring a minute later through a Hannah Billingham own goal and Rita Akaffou added their fifth goal of the game two minutes after that.
Met looked organised and showed their fight and spirit on the pitch today, never giving up even after going down to nine players and if they take this attitude into the next game it should be a good battle when they face Wexford Youths on Sunday.
Gintra Universitetas: Great Kaselyte, Algimante Mikutaite (sub Milda Liuzinaite 45mins), Laetitia, Rebecca Elloh, Ana Alekperova, Vestina Neverdauskaite, Rasa Imanalijeva, Simona Velickaite (sub Julija Sokolova 77mins), Rita Akaffou, Ange Nguessan, Olha Zubchyk (sub Dovile Gaileviciute 80mins). Subs not used: Indre Venskeviciute, Ugne Smitaite, Samanta Karasiovaite, Sonata Vanagaite.
Cardiff Met Ladies: Sara Moreira (sub Yzzy Taylor 86mins), Sophie Scherschel, Robyn Pinder, Hannah Billingham, Steph Turner, Ellis Parsons, Ellie Sargent, Aimee Todd (sub Chloe O'Connor 64mins), Erin Murray, Emily Allen (sub Stacey Ayling 86mins), Abi Fever. Subs not used: Kate Brisland, Chloe Tucker, Rebecca Mathias, Anne Laure Davy.
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