#WPWL: Local derby in Cup Final

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The Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League Cup final takes place at Dragon Park in Newport on Sunday, as holders Cardiff Met look to retain the trophy against Cyncoed, reports welshpremierwomensleague.co.uk.

Cardiff Met are well on-course to claim back the league title and while their main ambition remains firmly fixed on returning to the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Sunday offers an opportunity to claim the first silverware of the campaign.

However, Cyncoed will not be easy opposition, and when the local rivals met earlier in the season it took a late penalty to edge a 2-1 victory in favour of the Archers.

Cyncoed currently sit third in the WPWL table, and have already eclipsed the 22 points they finished with last season. Now guaranteed to improve on their last campaign, adding their first WPWL Cup to the trophy cabinet would mark a significant milestone for this ambitious club. By comparison, Cardiff Met won the inaugural trophy in 2014, and after repeating the feat last season, will be looking to make it a hat-trick of cup successes this weekend.

Although Cyncoed reached the final with a 3-0 win over Rhyl, it was their 3-2 win over WPWL champions Swansea City in the second round that really showed their cup credentials. Meanwhile, Cardiff Met had few problems eliminating Caernarfon Town and Caldicot Town before facing Abergavenny in the last four.

Although the holders and WPWL leaders will be favourites, Cyncoed have already caused the surprise result of the WPWL Cup this season. With Welsh international duo Laura O’Sullivan and Gwen Davies in their ranks, they cannot be taken for granted, and a close and competitive cup final is expected at Dragon Park on Sunday afternoon.