Fitzpatrick fires Swansea into quarters

Amy Rowe 2 (Women's Football) (Medium)

Sue Fitzpatrick was the star of the show as Swansea tore their city rivals apart in the Bucs cup, to set up a tie against Cardiff in the quarter finals.

Fitzpatrick claimed four of the goals, but the match could have ended on a sour note when goalkeeper Tasha Wilcox was thought to have suffered a serious knee ligament injury.

The game was delayed for 30 minutes while Wilcox was treated and taken to hospital for checks, but she was later given the all-clear.

Captain Bethan Rudge was pleased with her team’s spirit in the win but is cautious about the next round.

“Definitely pleased, especially in the circumstances,” she said. “We know it will be a difficult game against Cardiff, but we shall prepare and go into the game with confidence.”

Swansea took the lead early on, with Fitzpatrick firing past Met’s Steph Hill from distance.

Hill was at fault for the second when she fumbled a free kick into the path of Rudge who finished from close range.

Louisa Murphy made it 3-0 soon after with Swansea Met’s defence out of position before a nicely worked ball over to Healy was finished by Rudge on the rebound for the fourth.

Swansea Met’s Natalie Terry showed good control throughout but lacked the final ball as the hosts tried to find a way back.

And they were denied their best chance of the game when Leah Nicholas cleared off the line with Wilcox beaten. Healy then made it 5-0 before the break to add to the Met’s woes.

The second half began as the first ended with Swansea Met on the back foot.

A corner from the right was turned in by Murphy, and was quickly followed by a well composed finish from Fitzpatrick who went on to complete her hat-trick with a driven shot from the right that nestled into the bottom corner.

Natasha Mitchell made it 9-0 with a looping effort from the left which floated under the bar much to Hill’s dismay.

Healy then grabbed her second of the game, beating the offside trap to finish from distance to take the score into double-figures.

Fitzpatrick rounded off the scoring with a cool finish past Hill.

Rudge revealed she utilised the first team’s high-line tactic to see off Swansea Met.

“We play a similarly high line especially because the Met don’t seem to have very quick strikers,” she said.

“We’ve got Alex [Lusty] who does sprinting and athletics, so if we have the high line, even if they get through, I trust Alex enough to get back.”

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