BOSS Chris Church was purring with pride at his Swansea City side’s “fighting quality” after winning the battle of the Genero Adran Premier top two and maintaining their perfect start to the season.

A first-half Rhianne Oakley penalty gave the league leaders all three points in last weekend’s south Wales derby against Iain Darbyshire’s second-placed Cardiff City in Llandarcy.

Swansea’s single-goal win was the first time this term that the reigning champions had not scored at least twice in a game, but they dug in and got the job done to go clear at the summit.

Oakley’s winner put them three points ahead of the Bluebirds and Cardiff Met, and they extended that to six on Thursday night with a 3-0 triumph at Aberystwyth Town.

“I thought it was a dogged performance,” said Church. “We showed good fight. The football wasn’t really there but it never is in derby games.

“This is what a south Wales derby is all about. Sometimes it’s about the other side of the game, and we showed that fighting quality, which is another tool in our armoury.

“This team, if it doesn’t go their way on the footballing side, they can dig in and have those moments of quality, and we got the penalty from that.”

Oakley won the spot-kick just before the interval when her cross struck the hand of Bluebirds captain Siobhan Walsh.

Katy Hosford and Kelly Adams went close before the penalty, while Stacey John-Davis fired wide in the second half.

“I love beating Cardiff City in derby days, it is what you want in a rivalry, but it is with credit to the players,” added Church.

“Our back four and goalkeeper are the best in the league at what they do, they don’t let many things past them, and if they do, they challenge themselves to be better and you can’t ask any more than that.

“That goes right the way through to the back four that started and Jess (Williams) who came on.

“It is a credit to our defence and goalkeeper, but it is also a team effort at the end of the day.

“We knew after the Port Talbot game being called off in midweek that this game was just as big and it is about keeping our 100 per cent record and extending our lead at the top, which we have done.”

Swansea are the only team to beat the Bluebirds this season, but Sunday’s result was a lot closer than the 4-0 hammering Church’s side handed out back in September.

“I thought we kept their dangerous players quiet, which is very hard to do,” said boss Darbyshire.

“They haven’t lost in three years and are a fantastic side.

“They’re set-up really well and we knew we’d have to be near perfect to get something out of the game.

“They got a penalty on the counter-attack but credit to the girls, they didn’t let their heads drop.

“They kept battling and kept pushing, and in the second half, I thought we looked like the team that was going to get something out of the game.

“We looked like we were going to score the next goal but it just didn’t quite fall for us.

“But there were so many positives to take from the game and I couldn’t be more proud of all my players.”