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Cardiff City midfielder Kelly Isaac is still setting her sights high for this season, despite her side's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol Academy during midweek.
The Bristol side's greater strength and experience proved to be crucial although Cardiff did produce a late second half rally which saw them denied by two brilliant saves from goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
"I think we played quite well and passed the ball around okay," Kelly told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "It was a couple of errors in defence which let us down, really."
The result leaves newly promoted Cardiff just below mid-table after what has largely been a stuttering start to the season in terms of matches played. The South Wales side have played only three league matches at the beginning of October, because of numerous international call-ups.
"In our first three games we have won one, drawn one and lost one so it's going okay so far," says Kelly. "But we can still improve. We can compete in this league and we have shown that so far.
"Our first priority is survival but we are looking for more than that, we are aiming at mid-table."
The Bristol Academy match came at the end of a hectic ten-day period for Kelly and several of her Cardiff team mates, who were members of the Wales under-19 team who successfully qualified for the next phase in the UEFA Under-19 Championships. The team had travelled home from Moldova and only arrived back home at 3am on Tuesday morning.
Kelly was delighted with the performances of the team as they ran away with their group. "It was brilliant," she smiles. "We won all three of our games with none conceded, and we scored 16 goals in all, so it was a really good tournament for us."
Kelly herself rounded off a good week by scoring the winner for Wales in their final match against Ukraine, which confirmed them as group winners. "It was with my left foot as well, so that's not bad," she laughs.
Wales have come close to qualifying for the Finals in recent years and Kelly sees no reason why they cannot go all the way this time. "I don't see why not," she replies. "We've got a really strong squad so we can do it.
"I think there are about ten Cardiff players in the squad so we know each other's game well, and that is also good for Cardiff."
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