The three points stayed in Wales for the Dragons’ last home game of the season.
Cardiff needed to win this fixture – indeed all remaining fixtures of the season – in order to stay in contention for promotion.
Cardiff started the game strong, with a continuous flurry of chances putting pressure on the Sirens defence and keeper. Despite our best efforts, it took almost the entire first half until the deadlock was broken. This was scored by Chloe Lloyd, who stepped up to calmly dispatch a penalty and send Cardiff up 1-0 just ahead of the break.
On 45 minutes, luck turned our way as Southampton were shown a red card for a last ditch tackle taking out Ellie Sargent as she was through on goal.
The second half began, and Cardiff kept the pressure up. Less than 10 minutes in, Libby Piggot played Ellie Sargent through, who then cut the ball back for Laura Williams who finished the play beautifully for Cardiff, affording some breathing room for the hosts.
This turned out to be needed, as Southampton won a penalty five minutes later, which they were able to convert and halve the deficit.
The intensity increased for both sides, with Ellie Sargent making some excellent runs down the wing but her crosses couldn’t be converted.
With only 10 minutes to go, Southampton gave away another penalty, which Chloe Lloyd again converted.
The game finished 3-1 to Cardiff. It was possibly the Dragons’ biggest home crowd of the season and the players clearly loved having the home advantage. Player of the match was awarded to Chloe Lloyd – thanks to Her Game Too and The Devil’s Brewery for the player of the match awards.
We’d like to thank Llantwit Fardre for being our mascots for our final home game, and thanks to all the fans who came to support.
Attention turns now to Sunday 7th May where we travel to Moneyfields – a game which, if won, will seal promotion back into Tier 3 for Cardiff.