Cardiff City LFC vs Portsmouth WFC Preview

By Matt Chedgzoy

Cardiff City Ladies will be hoping to record a fourth consecutive FAWNL Southern Premier victory when Portsmouth FC Women visit Newport Stadium on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick off).

After three wins against Billericay Town, Chatham Town and Cheltenham Town in the space of three weeks, Fern Burrage-Male’s side are back in action after the first international break of the year.

Visitors Pompey have lost just once in the league this campaign and will be looking to make it 13 wins on the bounce as they bring their title charge to south Wales.

 

Opposition Focus

Portsmouth sit top of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division table, with 14 wins from 15 games. They also rank highest in the league for goals scored (60) and (fewest) goals conceded (4).

Jay Sadler’s team’s impressive form extends beyond their league record: Pompey reached last weekend’s FAWNL League Cup semi-final against Newcastle United at St James’ Park, before narrowly bowing out to their FAWNL Northern Premier counterparts.

It took higher-ranked opposition to knock them out of the Women’s FA Cup too. The south coast outfit reached the third round of the competition before a narrow defeat against Championship side and local rivals Southampton.

Back to the league and the reverse fixture with the Dragons in September saw Portsmouth run out emphatic 9-0 winners at Westleigh Park. This was the third of ten occasions this season that they have recorded at least five goals in one game (across all competitions), including an 11-0 drubbing of Ashford Town in the FAWNL Cup qualifiers and another nine-goal total as they defeated Fulham 9-1 in November.

Pompey can thank top scorer Sophie Quirk (17 goals) for these sorts of results as well as the likes of Beth Lumsden (16), Emma Jones (13) and Danielle Lane (11), who all sit on double figures in front of goal this season. A word too for their defence, statistically the best in the league, who have recorded 11 clean sheets from their 15 matches.

 

New identity announced for Club

St David’s Day saw the announcement that Cardiff City Ladies will become Gwalia United from the beginning of the 2024/25 season.

Gwalia, an ancient Welsh term for ‘Wales’, symbolises the club’s deep connection to Welsh heritage. Since its inception in 1975, Cardiff City Ladies has nurtured over 100 full international players and the new identity of the club represents a bold stride into a future where tradition and ambition are combined.

The club marked the announcement with an event at Chepstow Castle, which saw the new Gwalia United badge projected onto the historic castle walls. The new kits for next season were also revealed and will be proudly sponsored by GoCompare.

As Gwalia United, we will aim to provide opportunities for girls and women to compete at the highest levels, positively impacting our communities and fostering engagement beyond the pitch.

 

O’Sullivan involved as Wales mark new era with victory

Cardiff City Ladies’ Laura O’Sullivan was named on the bench for Jon Grey’s first test as interim Wales boss, as his side won 2-0 against Ireland in Dublin.

The friendly took place just after the announcement that 181-time Canada international and former England assistant Rhian Wilkinson would be replacing Gemma Grainger as permanent manager of the national team.

City loanee Tianna Teisar had also been called up to the senior squad for the first time, before sadly withdrawing due to illness.

First half goals from Jess Fishlock and Lily Woodham proved the difference as Wales tasted victory in their first game since last year’s UEFA Nations League campaign.

 

Form Guide

Fern Burrage-Male’s dragons are aiming for their fourth league win on the bounce, while visiting Pompey look to open the gap between them and the chasing pack.

 

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Cardiff City: DLWWW

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Address

Newport Stadium

Stadium Way

Newport

NP19 4PT

 

How to follow

For supporters who cannot make it to Newport, game updates will be available across our social media pages.

Twitter/X – @CardiffCityLFC

Instagram – @cardiffcitylfc