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Seventh heaven for Cardiff
 Women's Football News 12 May 2009
Seventh heaven for Cardiff - 12 May 2009 - Women's Football NewsCardiff City clinched their seventh successive Welsh Cup title by defeating first time finalists Caerphilly Ladies 3-0.
It was the second Welsh Cup final of the day at Haverfordwest County FC, following Cardiff under-16s winning their Final 3-1 against Landore Colts.
The seniors took only three minutes to carve out their first assault on the Caerphilly goal but Nicola Cousins' shot was fired just wide of the post. Caerphilly's reply came almost immediately but it turned out to be the only save of the game for Cardiff's keeper, Rhian Nokes, and Caerphilly were also adjudged to commit a foul in the build up so it would have counted for nothing.
Cardiff took control of the game from there on and had a sequence of corners but the Caerphilly defence remained solid. A throw in put them under pressure again but Cardiff's hard working Charlotte Miller snatched at her shot and it was deflected for a corner, which Cousins headed wide.
Rachel Cullen then ran half the length of the pitch and swung in a perfect cross from the right only to see Natasha Harding's shot fired high over the cross bar.
On 35 minutes the Caerphilly Castle's defence was eventually breached when Miller played the ball out wide to Cullen. She slipped the ball in low to the feet of Zoe Atkins who slotted the ball passed the despairing dive of Caerphilly keeper Sue Young.
Caerphilly managed to get to half time without conceding any more goals, despite a rasping 30-yard shot from Cardiff sweeper Lauren Townsend, which rattled the bar with the last kick of the half.
Cardiff continued the second half where they left off the first. Within two minutes they hit the bar twice more with efforts from Atkins and midfielder Sophie Ingle, followed by a shot from Sam Jones which was hit just over the bar. Caerphilly's goal was under siege and the Cardiff girls were relentless in their attacks. Young was called upon to save from Harding's shot.
Caerphilly were starting to tire and the 78th minute saw Cullen ride two tackles out on the right side and cross into the box for Harding to rifle home Cardiff's second.
Danielle Broadhurst joined the play with fifteen minutes left, a straight swap for goalscorer Atkins. She was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet herself within a few minutes when her shot hit the bar, followed by another effort just wide of the far post.
It seemed appropriate for Cardiff captain, Miller, to score the last goal, which came in injury time. Broadhurst headed the ball down into her path and she blasted an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net, leaving Young rooted to the spot.
Cardiff therefore lift the Welsh Cup for a successive seventh year, eight in total, and again represent Wales in the UEFA Women's Cup qualifying round to be held at the end of July, the location yet to be decided.
After the game Cardiff Club Coach, Michele Adams said: "It has been a very successful day for the club, with our Under-16s also winning the Welsh Cup. Both games were very exciting to watch. A big thank you goes out to all the supporters that made the long trip to Haverfordwest to cheer us on. I'm sure we made their trip worthwhile."

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