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It has been a great few weeks for Cyncoed Ladies as they followed up their achievement of reaching the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League Cup Final for the first time, with an impressive 3-0 victory over Cardiff City in the league - their fifth win in a row in all competitions.
We talked to Cyncoed captain Holly Broad, who spoke of her delight with the way the team played when winning on Sunday, as well as setting her sights on attempting to land a first major trophy for the Cardiff-based club, and challenging for a top three place in the league:
WSS: Well done on a fine win on Sunday, how pleased were you with the team's performance on the day?
HB: Thank you! I was really pleased with the team's performance on Sunday - we played some great football and dug deep when we needed to. Every member of the squad and coaching team played a big part in Sunday's result.
WSS: Julia Moulton had a great day by scoring a hat-trick, did any other players have a particularly good game?
HB: Julia had another great game with three quality finishes adding to her growing tally of goals this season. New signing, Robyn Pinder made an instant impact when she came on at half time, causing trouble for the Cardiff City defence and setting up the third goal with her cross. As a defence, we managed to keep another clean sheet - another positive we took from the game.
WSS: Belated congratulations on reaching the League Cup Final for the first time, how big an achievement is that for the club?
HB: It's a massive achievement for us as a club, our biggest yet! We're all really looking forward to facing Cardiff Met LFC again and taking our good form into the Final.
WSS: How big a confidence boost to the team was beating Swansea City in the previous round?
HB: It was a huge confidence boost to everyone in the club. We went into the game as underdogs, having suffered a heavy defeat at the end of last season - I think this was the game where heads started to turn and we proved that we can compete with the best in the league.
WSS: Were any significant changes made to the team to start off your good run of form, or is it purely down to confidence?
HB: We have made a few key signings this season that have added even more quality to our talented squad. It has pushed everyone to up their game, we're training really hard every session, fighting to be included in match day squads and for a place the starting eleven. Performances and results against teams we've struggled to pick up points against in previous seasons has also definitely helped to improve confidence in our capability to compete with every team in the league.
WSS: You have no game this week but return to action next Sunday against Port Talbot, what kind of game do you anticipate against them?
HB: Port Talbot, over the past few seasons, have been one of our bogey teams. They're a strong and physical side, who proved they're not a team to be underestimated - picking up a point against Swansea on Sunday. I imagine we're in for a tough game, in which we will have battle hard as a team if we are to get a result.
WSS: The win against Cardiff City FC keeps you in the hunt for a top three place, is that something you would have targeted at the start of the season?
HB: We've continued to build on our league position year on year and a top three finish was definitely one of our goals at the beginning of the season. The first half of our season has meant that this is still a realistic aim, though there is a long way to go to the end of the season and we face some tough challenges if we're to achieve this.
WSS: Cyncoed have made a lot of progress over the last two or three years, how far do you think the club can go in the future?
HB: I think with the squad of players, as well as the talented and committed coaching staff we have at Cyncoed, we can certainly start to put ourselves among the contenders for league titles and cups. The ultimate dream is to win the WPWL and reach the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.
Our thanks to Holly!
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