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Cardiff Met Ladies lifted the FAW Women's Cup for the second time in their history on Sunday when they defeated Swansea City on a penalty shootout after the sides had battled out a 2-2 draw after extra time in the Final.
We talked to Met captain Robyn Pinder who was delighted with lifting the team's second major trophy of the season, but also setting her sights on keeping alive their hopes of retaining the league title:
WSS: Many congratulations on winning the FAW Women's Cup, how does it feel to have won that trophy back?
RP: Thank you very much! It's been a long time coming and it's a really great feeling. I don't think the girls have stopped smiling since.
WSS: You had to go through every emotion during the game, from conceding a late equaliser to equalising yourselves in extra time, and that was before it went to penalties. Just what was it like to play in that game?
RP: Well I definitely think it would have been better to watch than to be involved in. It was really tough, both mentally and physically, and to go 1-0 up and then suddenly find yourself 2-1 down in extra time was gutting. I think it just shows the strength of character within this team though. Not a single player's head went down, we just kept pushing and looking for that equaliser and eventually we got it.
WSS: Were you always confident that you would win the penalty shootout?
RP: Personally, as soon as we got the equaliser, I was always confident that we'd win the penalty shootout. We've practised penalties in training and the girls are always pretty decent (apart from Chloe O'Connor!). Our goalkeeper Yzzy loves a penalty save as well, so I never had any doubts.
WSS: This week you have a vital league game against Abergavenny which you have to win, presumably it won't be difficult for the team to get focused again on what will be a tough match?
RP: Yes, this weekend's game is definitely going to be another difficult one. Abergavenny are a really competitive side so we are all aware that we need to refocus and make sure we are ready to put in another strong performance.
WSS: If you can beat Abergavenny on Sunday, we assume you will become Cyncoed supporters for the week as well as playing your own game?
RP: Great question! To be honest, Cyncoed are a really good side - they're so well organised and have some quality players - so it'll be a big test for Swansea. Regardless of the result, Swansea have had a phenomenal season and if they do win, as much as it pains me to say, it'll be deserved.
WSS: Even though you have won two major trophies this season, would it be tinged with disappointment if you cannot win the league or will you see it as a successful season?
RP: Obviously it's never nice to lose a title but this year has definitely been difficult for us. Being a university team does have its advantages but also leaves us a bit thin on the ground, in terms of players, when graduation strikes. We've had a lot of change in terms of personnel but I don't think anyone will be disappointed in the team's efforts and I can't fault the girls at all. As a team we sat down at the start of the year and discussed how the cups would be our main focus and we've achieved that!
WSS: Four clubs have been in the title race this season and teams like Cyncoed are improving fast, is the league getting tougher every year?
RP: I think Welsh football in general seems to be getting stronger. You definitely can't afford to be complacent in this league and every game is competitive. However, I think the league's biggest challenge will be keeping the talented players - especially the younger ones - in the WPWL instead of letting them venture off to the English leagues.
Our thanks to Robyn!
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