23 March 2022 |

Genero Adran Trophy final preview

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Cardiff City and Cardiff Met will battle it out to become the inaugural champions of the Genero Adran Trophy at Dragon Park on Sunday.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the final, which gets under way at 2pm in Newport.

Streaming 

The final will be streamed live on the Genero Adran Leagues Twitter account.

Tickets

Tickets will be available to purchase on the gate for the following prices:
Adults £5
Over 65 £2
Under 18 £2

MATCH PREVIEW

Two goals from Phoebie Poole helped Cardiff City enjoy a convincing 3-0 win over CPD Pwllheli in the opening round of the Genero Adran Trophy back in January with Zoe Atkins also on target for Iain Darbyshire's side in the away victory.

Atkins again added her name to the scoresheet in the next round as the side claimed a 4-1 win over Barry Town United with Siobhan Walsh, Catherine Walsh and Megan Saunders competing the victory to book their place in the semi-final.

A 5-0 win against Aberystwyth Town was delivered courtesy of goals from Ffion Price and a brace apiece from Catherine Walsh and substitute Poole to set up an intriguing final against Cardiff Met at Dragon Park.

Cardiff City and Cardiff Met last met in the Genero Adran Premier Championship Conference in early March when goals from Elianna Chavez and a penalty from Lauren Hutton-Townsend earned the Archers a 2-0 victory at the Cyncoed Campus.

“We have had a couple of close games against Cardiff Met this season and we feel we have taken a lot from those matches,” said Cardiff City manager Iain Darbyshire.

“They have been very good this year, and their players and staff deserve credit for their consistency this season. However, we won’t have any fear against Cardiff Met going into this final, and we know that if we play to our full potential that we can beat any team on their day.

"This is what we will be aiming to do and it would be incredible to win a trophy for this great club. We have progressed every season and I feel this is the next step in our development.

"A trophy would be a fantastic reward for all of the players, and I’m certain they will give everything to achieve this.”

Meanwhile, Cardiff Met made an impressive start to their Genero Adran Trophy campaign as they scored eight goals without reply against Llandudno back in January.

Laura-May Walkley was the hat-trick hero for the Archers while Shannon Evans, Emily Richards and Sophie Hancocks also added their names to the scoresheet before substitute Ellie Preece scored twice in the second half.

The challenge of perennial rivals Swansea City would then decide which team would progress to the last four.

Emily Allen converted from the spot in normal time as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw, but while Allen missed in the subsequent shoot-out, Stephanie Turner converted the decisive penalty for the Archers.

Allen was again on target in the semi-final as she scored twice in a 3-2 win against The New Saints either side of a goal from Tija Richardson.

“It was a good battle,” explained manager Yzzy Taylor reflecting on the semi-final victory. “I have a strong squad who made me exceedingly proud in that game in tough conditions.”

Cardiff Met have defeated Cardiff City in their three games this season, but Taylor will not be reading too much into that record ahead of the final. “We have been really happy with our performances against Cardiff City this season,” she added.

“The challenge for this game will be consistency over the full 90 minutes. Cardiff City have some fantastic younger players and they also have a great balance of youth and experience within their squad. We are looking forward to a very competitive game.

"We always want to compete and achieve, and I believe that my squad deserve some silverware this season. They have been phenomenal on the pitch but what I really enjoy is the people they are off it.

"Having a trophy will be the reward I believe we deserve for the dedication and commitment the players have demonstrated this season.”