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Cardiff win 2 – 1 AET
« on: March 10, 2007, 11:43:20 AM »
CARDIFF LADIES’ Football firsts advanced to the BUSA Trophy semi-finals after a tense extra-time victory over Gloucester.

Gloucester presented a tough challenge in the quarters, but Cardiff were ready to fight for a place in the semis.

Both teams started well but a lack of concentration in the Gloucester backline saw a sloppy pass intercepted by striker Alex Joannides, who skipped past the right back and struck the ball perfectly into the top right hand corner.

Cardiff were off to a flying start with the goal coming just ten minutes in.

Gloucester came fighting back strongly and equalized from a corner. With the teams back on level terms there was everything to play for. Cardiff created many chances throughout the game but failed to make these chances count.

Midfielder Jen Fildes put in some good crosses, but each time no-one could provide the decisive touch.

Zahra Chatur, Aileen Griffin, and Harriet Sharp also saw their attempts denied via some top draw saves from Gloucester’s stopper.

With the teams in stalemate, the tie went to extra time. Despite the added football Cardiff never stopped chasing the ball, displaying impressive fitness levels in closing down the opposition.

In the first fifteen minutes of the extra period Cardiff dominated proceedings and justifiably grabbed the breakthrough, finally taking one of their many chances in the match.

Joannides slipped a ball through to strike partner Nat Jenkinson whose first touch outfoxed her marker and she coolly finished the move, putting the home side back in the lead.

Gloucester threw on substitutions towards the end in the hope that fresh legs would save them

Although it was breached from a set piece, Cardiff’s backline was rarely troubled as Anna Elliot played an integral part alongside Carleigh Bammens, Sammy Burdus, and Harriet Sharp.

However, Gloucester were presented with a final opportunity to take the game to penalties, but goalkeeper Ruth Smith made an excellent save to the frustration of the visitors.

Gloucester threw on substitutions towards the end in the hope that fresh legs would save them, but failed to find a way through a well-drilled home defence.

Cardiff played out time comfortably to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Trophy and now face Exeter in the last four after their quarter final win over Kings College Medics.