Honors Even In WalesDate: 13 April 2018 at 11:33 by Liam Cook
An injury time penalty saved Coventry United Ladies from defeat in a below par performance at Cardiff City.
The Red and Green Girls entered the match as firm favourites, with the Blue birds 3rd from bottom in the FA Womens' Premier League Southern Division, but as we all know, matches are not won on paper. After an even start, United took the lead around 15 minutes before the break. Striker Ali Hall nodded in a Keeley Davies corner to give United the advantage. The header also ended Hall's goalless spell, her last score coming against Cambridge in January.
United saw out the first half in comfortable fashion, but Cardiff came out for round two a changed team. A composed and precise home side passed their way through the Red and Greens defense, with captain Cori Williams' looping header bringing the game back into the balance. Cardiff looked the far more likely team to bag the three points, and it looked like they would seal just their fourth win of the season when Ella Powell was put through on goal and rolled the ball under Sue Wood as the clock ticked into added time. There would be one last chance for Jay Bradford's girls, as Amber Hughes was brought down in the penalty area after 5 minutes of added time. Nat Haigh stepped up and sent keeper Estelle Randall the wrong way to ensure United did not return to England empty handed.
Following the match United manager Jay Bradford admitted hopes of winning the WPL Southern Division title were decreasing quickly, following two winless matches, and also said Cardiff were unlucky not to take all three points. The Red and Green Girls will go again on Sunday at the Butts Park Arena versus Chichester City. Kick off at 2pm.