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Cardiff Met hopes hang in balance
 Women's Football News 26 Aug 2016
 
Cardiff Met hopes hang in balance - 26 Aug 2016 - Women's Football NewsCardiff Met Ladies 2 (Agg 27,45) Spartak Subotica 3 (Quincey 44, Tseng 50, Filipovic 74)
Cardiff Met Ladies' hopes of qualifying for the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League hang in the balance after Spartak Subotica staged a second half comeback to take the points at Cyncoed Stadium. 
 
Lily Agg had given them a half time lead with two superb strikes but the Welsh Premier Women's League Champions now have to beat Breidablik in their final game on Sunday and hope that Spartak slip up against NSA Sofia.
 
In contrast to the sweltering conditions in their first match, this game was played in steady rain throughout and Cardiff Met could have taken an early lead but Robyn Pinder failed to find the target from close range.
 
Cardiff Met continued to have the better of possession and territory and they were rewarded on 27 minutes when Lily Agg gave them the lead with a firm strike from the edge of the area.
 
Erin Murray forced a save Milica Kostic a minute later but Spartak began to come into the game more as a force as half time approached. Sara Moreira saved low down from Violeta Slovic but a minute later, Shu-O Tseng did well to get down the right and cut the ball back from the line for Alexandra Jean Quincey to fire into the roof of the net from twelve yards for the equaliser.
 
Cardiff Met's response was swift; as the game went into the third minute of injury time, Ellie Sargent broke down the right and combined with Pinder to set up a chance for Agg who crashed a glorious 25-yard strike into the far top corner of the net, giving Kostic no chance.
 
If Cardiff Met had set out to keep things tight at the back at the start of the second half, they were undone within five minutes of the restart. After failing to deal with a set piece, Tseng nipped in behind the defence to score from close range and level the scores again.
 
To make matters worse for the home side, captain Sophie Scherschel was stretchered off with a knee injury following a lengthy delay and she was replaced at the back by Rebecca Mathias.
 
Cardiff Met reacted well to the setback and carried the game towards their opponents. Chloe O'Connor had a shot saved and the strong running Murray, who again impressed up front, also called Kostic into action.
 
However just as Cardiff Met had had their best spell of the match, they were flattened at the other end when Spartak went in front in fortuitous fashion. Following a corner in which Sara Pavlovic had a shot blocked, the ball was cleared out as far as Tijana Filipovic on the left where her resulting cross sailed over Moreira and inside the far post.
 
Cardiff Met tried desperately to get back on terms but Spartak defended well with captain Slovic having a fine game in the centre. The best chance came as Sargent burst down the right and found Josiane Vasconcelos in the area where she evaded a challenge but her left foot shot hit the side netting.
 
Vasconcelos fired a free kick over the bar but Cardiff Met could not open up a determined Spartak defence and the Serbian side ran down the clock during six minutes of injury time to hold on for a win which gives them a great chance of going through to the next phase. 
 
Cardiff Met Ladies: Sara Moreira, Sophie Scherschel (sub Rebecca Mathias 54mins), Chloe O'Connor, Tija Richardson, Stephanie Turner, Hannah Bluck, Ellie Sargent, Lily Agg, Robyn Pinder, Erin Murray, Aimee Todd (sub Josiane Vasconcelos 61mins). Subs not used: Yzabelle Taylor, Emily Allen, Emma Tustin, Lois Regan, Stacey Ayling.

Spartak Subotica: Milica Kostic, Alina Baka, Yekaterina Gokhman, Orsoja Vajda, Violeta Slovic, Alexandra Jean Quincey, Sara Pavlovic, Shu-O Tseng, Tijana Matic (sub Waldir 36mins (sub Adrienne Mekuko 58mins)), Tijana Filipovic, Jelena Marenic. Subs not used: Sara Cetinja, Allegra Poljak, Simona Krstanovska, Eli Jakovska, Dunja Mostarac.

Photos:

(top) Erin Murray gets in a shot on goal
(middle) Violeta Slovic heads away under pressure from Hannah Bluck
(bottom) Josiane Vasconcelos is narrowly off target with this second half effort


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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