Late Marchant winner stuns Cardiff

SWANSEA University Ladies Football team secured a sensational 3-2 victory over rivals Cardiff thanks to a late winner from veteran Emily Marchant at the Welsh Varsity game.

Photo by: Kirsty Lloyd

Emily Marchant (right)              Photo by: Kirsty Lloyd

Marchant who played in 2009, the last time Swansea had won the varsity match, was obviously delighted following the match.

“To score the winner in the Welsh Varsity match has to be one of the best feelings of my life,” she said.

“Scoring the first equaliser was amazing but I think at that moment we all could sense that this game could be ours.

“The great atmosphere helped as well, we had great support from our supporters and from those players in the club who didn’t get a chance to play themselves.

“Just having them all there was fantastic and really lifted the spirits of the team as we went for the win.”

Cardiff went ahead first through Hannah Mills’ cool finish from open play in the first minute and then Emily Dunne’s header from a corner.

However, they were pegged back twice, the second time through a wonderful lob from outside of the box by captain Ria Llewellyn.

Emily Marchant was the scorer of Swansea’s other two goals, including the late winner.

Her first came when she made a well-timed run behind the Cardiff defence before coolly slotting
home.

And she scored what proved to be the winner with a similar goal.

Captain Llewellyn is set to leave the club this summer and praised the team’s efforts following her final match for the club.

“The result just shows the true grit and determination which every single player was willing to give,” she said.

“I’m proud of the effort that was given by the players, it made it an enjoyable game for us all.

“This win is the result of all the hard work the club have put in throughout the year.

“It’s been an amazing three years for me to be a part of this club.

“And to go out as a winning captain is the best feeling ever.’’

Swansea lost 7-2 in 2012.

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 3-2 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

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