A first half double from Madison Schupbach was the difference as Cardiff Met beat Abergavenny 2-0 to win the FAW Women’s Cup writes Tom Young.
Met, who came into the game looking to complete the domestic treble, started strongly and had a great opportunity to take the lead after fifteen minutes. Some great work down the left-hand side from Naomi Clipston saw her lose her marker and deliver an inch perfect ball across the face of goal which was met by Alice Griffiths, whose header cannoned back of the crossbar.
The Archers were in front shortly after however, as Rebecca Mathias’ ball over the top was brought down superbly by Schupbach, who took a touch before firing past Charlotte Hastings into the bottom right hand corner.
Met doubled their lead on thirty-five minutes. A Clipston corner was only partially cleared by the Abergavenny defence, and Schupbach was first to react, hitting an unstoppable, first time effort into the far corner of the goal, ensuring Met took a two-goal lead into the break.
Abergavenny came out fighting in the second half as they looked for a way back into the game. Kate Jeremiah’s effort on 55’ was just wide of the upright, and moments later Lauren Boyd rose highest to meet a corner at the near post, however she couldn’t direct her header on target as the ball went behind for a goal kick.
Met had an opportunity to add to their lead on 65 minutes after Olivia Thompson’s ball into the box found substitute Lauren Townsend unmarked eight yards out, however she couldn’t make a proper contact with the ball and the danger was cleared.
With the game entering its closing stages Met almost grabbed a third. Substitute Stacey Ayling’s corner was headed clear, but only as far as Griffiths, who’s first time effort from the edge of the box struck the post.
Abergavenny pushed for a goal in the closing stages however Met held out for the victory which saw them complete the domestic treble for the second time, having previously done so in 2013/14.