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The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League programme gave way to the quarter finals of the League Cup on Sunday.
There will be a different name on the trophy this season after holders Cyncoed Ladies were knocked out, beaten 5-0 by Cardiff Met Women. Madison Schlupbach opened the scoring after five minutes, before three goals in a seven minute spell just after the half hour mark from Rebecca Mathias, Tija Richardson and Schlupbach put the reigning Champions firmly in control. After the break, Naomi Clipston rounded off the scoring as the Archers avenged their defeat to the Mighty Oaks in last season's Final.
Former winners Abergavenny Women hosted Cardiff City Women for the second week running and once again, it was the Bluebirds who went home victorious. This time, Danielle Broadhurst gave City the lead during the first half but after the hour, Laura Davies brought the scores level as she equalised for Aber and the match went into extra time. Eight minutes into the extra period, Broadhurst scored her second goal and this proved to be decisive, taking City into the semi finals with a 2-1 victory.
There was a dramatic finish at Port Talbot Town where visitors Swansea City swept into the last four with a narrow 2-1 success. The two teams had met in the league the previous Sunday and this match turned out to be a much closer affair, Swansea taking an early lead through Sarah Adams and Laura May Walkley equalising for Port Talbot just after the half hour. The game remained in the balance and looked to be heading towards extra time but, eight minutes into injury time, Swansea were awarded a penalty and Jodie Passmore held her nerve to slot home the winning goal from the spot. However, a hard earned victory for the Swans was marred as they lost key striker Stacey John-Davis with a broken collarbone.
Three of the four quarter final ties were, by coincidence, repeats of league fixtures seven days earlier and only one team managed to overturn a defeat from the previous meeting. That team was Rhyl Ladies, who have reached the semi finals for the second year in succession after winning 3-2 away to Llandudno Ladies in their North Wales derby clash. Zoe Stopford gave Rhyl a first half lead which was cancelled out by Mari Gibbard, but two goals in a four minute spell during the second half from Rachel Nattrass prove to be decisive in favour of the Lilywhites. Kelsey Davies pulled one back for Llandudno with fourteen minutes remaining but Rhyl held on to book their place in the last four.
The draw for the semi finals has been made and has produced a derby in the capital, with Cardiff City Women taking on Cardiff Met Women whilst Swansea City will host Rhyl Ladies. Both ties will be played on Sunday 27th January.
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