Courageous Swansea outscored

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Captain Ria Llewellyn bemoaned the change to Astroturf following their 7-2 defeat to Cardiff at Talybont sports centre.

The match had originally been scheduled to take place at Pontcanna but was switched due to a waterlogged pitch.

“I thought we played our hearts out to be honest,” said Llewellyn.

“We came here with not ever having played a game on astro and considering that, everyone tried their absolute best.”

Vice-captain Stacey Carey echoed Llewellyn’s thoughts on their performance.

“We can go away from here proud, knowing we did everything and tried our best,” said Carey.

“We had a slight lapse at the beginning but we fought until the last second.”

Cardiff started strongly, scoring in the opening minute thanks to a close range effort from Emily Davies.

Swansea’s passion was there to see with captain Llewellyn fired up and leading by example with some strong tackles.

Cardiff’s Ellie Davies scored their second in the 25th minute before Hannah Mills made it 3-0 a few minutes later.

Lauren Walker got a goal back for Swansea, beating the offside trap and powering home, before Cardiff’s Suzie Davies struck on the stroke of half-time.

Swansea took control at the start of the second half thanks to the midfield pair of Emily Marchant and Reagan Healy who kept the ball well under pressure.

But Swansea were finally broken down again with goals from Clare Couzens and Davies.

Carey was then perhaps fortunate to remain on the pitch following a handball which the referee failed to spot.

Walker scored Swansea’s second shortly after from just inside the area.

She was through again shortly after but failed to convert Marchant’s cross.

Couzens scored again before the end but was denied a third by some fine saves from Rebecca Thomas in the final few minutes of the game.

Llewellyn was pleased with the fine support Swansea students showed to her team throughout the match.

She added: “There were a lot of people who turned up today, we are very thankful for their support.”

Swansea University 1sts 2-7 Cardiff University 1sts

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