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Cardiff City FC midfielder Mali Summers hailed her side's performance in beating Cardiff Met Ladies in the quarter finals of the FAW Women's Cup on Sunday.
A first half goal saw City go through at the expense of the WPWL leaders and Mali told Women's Soccer Scene: "It was definitely a well earned result. Our girls left every ounce of energy they had on the pitch and our efforts paid off! In fairness to Cardiff Met they had a number of injuries on the day, but we also had a couple of players missing too.
"For the majority of the game we were pretty evenly matched, but with Cardiff Met having the larger part of the possession. As we all know, the Met are a strong outfit, very fit and well organised. We scored towards the end of the first half, which put us in a great position going into the half time break.
"In the second half, a Cardiff Met defender handballed on the line to prevent us from going two up. Unfortunately their keeper pulled off a great save from Dan Green's penalty, so it led to a bit of a nailbiting end to the game. But in the end, our perseverance and team work saw us through to a hard fought 1-0 win.
"It was a complete team effort with every single player working hard in their individual battles against their opposite numbers. Having said that, I think a few special mentions are appropriate - Shannon Evans for taking the goal well under pressure and fighting up front on her own for every ball, Kylie Nolan for making such an impact this season after coming back from a serious ACL injury and finally a special mention to Ellisia Cartwright as, this was her first 90 minutes for the senior team, she really mixed it up in the midfield and distributed the ball well."
Mali also insists that the result will be a huge boost to the team's confidence after a couple of recent defeats in the league and the semi finals of the League Cup. "This result has hopefully set the standard we need to aim for in every game for the rest of the season," she said. "Since the Christmas break, we've had mixed results and the ball didn't seem to fall in our favour.
"We are a young side so this result against a top team will give us a real boost. With a little more consistency I'm pretty sure we can push to finish in a high league position and challenge for the Welsh Cup...and maybe even win it this year!
"With Cardiff Met now knocked out of the Cup, I think the competition is wide open for anyone to win. There are some strong teams still left in the competition including last year's winners Swansea City. Teams from North Wales have been very competitive these recent years, so don't be surprised if one of them makes it to the final.
"From a personal point of view I think our team can learn a lot from losing in the Final last year, we are a year older and wiser. We can build from this win to be ready for the upcoming semi final. Are we contenders for the Welsh Cup this year? I really hope so, only this year I'd like a winner's medal please!"
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