Another sunny day at Oakland’s Park as Chichester City Ladies hosted Cardiff for their sixth game of the FA Women’s National League Southern Division. The young team saw a change in formation saw Chichester take a defensive three approach.
The hosts invited a lot of pressure on themselves in the first half as Cardiff had very attacking phases of play. City’s defensive back line were tested plenty of times but were kept in the game by centre-half Sophie Phelps.
A great solo goal by Cardiff’s Grace Horell who carried the ball from midfield to slot it into the bottom corner put them ahead just before half-time.
Chi came back fighting during the second half with the energy led by substitution Nicky Lake and Captain Megan Fox being moved up front. A few long range efforts from the Skipper’s favourite distance sailed over the bar.
A very organised defensive line caught Cardiff offside numerous times to deny their attacking play to keep the score at bay. A couple of outstanding saves from 16 year old Rhiannon Stewart also aided the positive second half performance.
Despite Chi’s best efforts and positive attacking performance, Cardiff scored their second and sealed the win.
Last minute substitutions Loulou Robson and Gemma Staple were brought on to strengthen the midfield and keep up the momentum. Staple nearly opened the scoring for Chichester on her debut with great determination and work rate with Webster up front in the final 10 minutes.
The final whistle blew with Cardiff winning 2-0 but another positive and improved performance for Chichester City Ladies.
Starting XI - Rhiannon Stewart, Holly Muirhead, Sophie Phelps, Jess Burke, Sharna Capel-Watson, Megan Fox (C), Rebecca Moody, Gemma White, Amy Martins, Lucy Cook, Frankie Webster