The first Cup finalists of the 2019/20 season have been confirmed, with Swansea and Cardiff Met set to contest the WPWL Cup.
This season saw a new format introduced to the League Cup, with the first and second rounds replaced by a group stage, the aim being to give all clubs additional game time and opportunities to progress. After some exciting matches it was Swansea, Cardiff City Women, Cardiff Met and Port Talbot who progressed to the semi-finals, also creating two local derbies.
Swansea were the first to officially make it into the final; in her last game for Swansea before joining the RAF, Shaunna Jenkins was the first to strike on the 34th minute. Two further goals came in the second half from Sarah Adams (54’) and Katy Hosford (57’) to seal the victory over local rivals Port Talbot.
In the Cardiff derby, current holders Cardiff Met were after revenge for being knocked out by Cardiff City Women in the FAW Cup four days earlier. Erin Murray’s 19th minute goal appeared to be enough, going without reply until Kate Jeremiah struck for the hosts on the 85th minute, taking the game into extra time. Met once again scored first, through Lucy Finch (110’), but the Bluebirds Catherine Walsh hit back six minutes later to level the score and force penalties. It was Met who held their nerve, winning the shoot out 5-3, and earning their place in the final.
The WPWL Cup Final will be on 29th March at Dragon Park, 2pm KO.