Impetus’ Welsh Women’s Football Correspondent Martin Townley brings us the latest of his weekly round-ups from the top flight of women’s football in Wales with Round Five of the season taking place (22/9/22).
Above: Joy for Swansea City as they won 3-1 at The New Saints. Photo: Swansea City Women.
Cardiff City maintained their lead on the top of the Adran Premier with a 1-0 win over Aberystwyth Town. Both Cardiff Met and Swansea City picked up wins to keep the pressure on the league leaders. Bottom of the table Abergavenny were beaten again leaving them still looking for their first points of the season.
Cardiff City 1-0 Aberystwyth Town
The Bluebirds continued their 100% start to the season thanks to a Rhianne Oakley goal as they beat Aberystwyth 1-0. Cardiff remain top of the Adran Premier with five wins from five and still to concede a goal.
The only goal came after 23 minutes when City captain Siobhan Walsh sent a long ball over the top. Rhianne Oakley timed her run well to get in on goal and calmly rolled the ball past Elin Valentine.
The league leaders took the game to Aber and Danielle Green missed from close range while Danielle Broadhurst saw her long-range effort hit the bar. Oakley went for a second goal but her lob only hit the side netting.
CARDIFF CITY: Ceryn Chamberlain, Ffion Price, Hannah Power, Siobhan Walsh ©, Rhianne Oakley, Seren Watkins, Danielle Broadhurst, Danielle Green, Megan Bowen, Megan Saunders (Phoebie Poole 70), Zoe Atkins.
Scorers: Oakley 23′.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: Elen Valentine, Lucie Gwilt, Rebecca Mathias, Bethan Roberts Tania Wylde 70), Kelly Thomas, Emily Thomas, Shauna Chambers, Ffiona Evans, Gwenllian Jones (Carys Davies 55), Hannah Pusey (Libby Isaac 55).
The New Saints 1-3 Swansea City
Swansea kept the pressure on Cardiff City with a 3-1 win at Park Hall over the New Saints. Goals from Nia Rees and Emma Beynon gave the Swans an early two-goal lead. Beth Lewis pulled a goal back from the spot for TNS who kept Swansea at bay until the 87th minute when Katy Hosford made it three.
Swansea Head coach Ceri Phillips believes there’s more to come from his team telling Swanseacity.com,
“There are plenty of things that we could have done slightly better, but it was a big battle in the second half, and I think the girls showed a different side to them that helped them win that battle, get the ball, and get control of the game back.
“The start of games has been a bit frantic and a bit slow to start, but we came firing out of the blocks today, and with the long journey you would almost understand a bit of complacency.
“Two early goals settled it really and then the penalty put the bit between their teeth, but we battled really well in that second half.”
THE NEW SAINTS: Sarah Parkes, Beth Lewis (Jen Jarvie 90+1), Lexie Harrison, Danielle Staley, Chantelle Teare, Lucie Platt, Tia Lockley, Caitlin Chapman, Helen Evans, Isobel Redding, Lia Lewis.
Scorers: Lewis (pen) 34′.
SWANSEA CITY: Chelsea Herbert, Alicia Pow, Shaunna Jenkins, Ellie Lake, Emma Beynon (Imogen Harris 90+3), Kelly Adams, Nieve Jenkins, Katy Hosford, Emily Freeman (Rachel Cullen 69), Nia Rees (Gwen Horgan 80), Jessica Wiliams.
Scorers: Rees 5′, Beynon 12′, Hosford 87′.
Cardiff Met 3-1 Barry Town United
Cardiff Met also kept the gap to the leaders to three points with a 3-1 win over Barry Town.
Erin Murray was found free in the box and hit a shot on the turn to give the Archers the lead after 19 minutes. Murray made it two shortly after when Barry keeper Erin Brennan was out of position and missed the ball. Murray capitalising on the mistake to score.
Barry pulled a goal back thanks to Mackenzie Olden after 35 minutes. A ball through the home back line from Manon Pearce spotted the run of Olden who was able to poke past the keeper.
Evie Griffiths got Met’s third after Barry failed to clear Emily Allen’s ball across the box.
CARDIFF MET: Amelia Forkings, Evie Griffiths, Grace Corne, Tijia Richardson, Stephanie Turner, Sophie Hancocks, Ellie Preece, Emily Allen, Robyn Pinder, Erin Murray (Amy Long 32), Elianna Chavez.
Scorers: Murray 19′, 21′. Griffiths 51′.
BARRY TOWN: Erin Brennan, Lauren Harris, Delia Ebbin, Hana Bennett, Taite Trivett, Anna Houghton, Mackenzie Olden, Manon Pearce, Emily Nicholson (Grace McDonald 83), Faith Mulenga, Maisy Fahey-Pennell (Holly Jenkins 51).
Scorers: Olden 35′.
Pontypridd United 3-0 Abergavenny
The Dragons made a fast start taking the lead after eight minutes. A good ball across the box found Jasmine Turner who turned in from close range.
Turner added a second just before halftime when another ball into the six-yard box found her. Again, she turned the ball into the net from close range.
Olivia Francis made it 3-0 and a comfortable win for Pontypridd after 76 minutes. Receiving the ball from the right in the box Francis brought the ball under control and fired across goal to the far post.
Ponty’s second win of the season puts them into fifth place while Abergavenny are still without a point.
PONTYPRIDD TOWN: Maise Jones, Shannon Greenway, Clare Daley (Jessica Osborne 74), Holly Broad, Emily Bayliss (Renee Day 63), Ellie Gunney (Anais Trinci 45), Kirsty Pervin-Davies, Alison Witts, Olivia Francis, Carys Bufton (Efa Preece-Jones 74), Jasmine Turner.
Scorers: Turner 8′, 43′. Francis 76′.
ABERGAVENNY: Charlotte Hastings, Katie Williams, Ffion Simmonds, Scarlett Teague (Eliza Atkins 74), Elena Scrivens, Sian Bull, Ceri Hudson, Gracie Grosvenor (Caitlin Davies 54), Ellis Lunn, Megan Stanton (Ellie Bidhendy 87), Lauren Boyd (Mia Sherrard 87).