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 (25/10/22).
Above: Zoe Atkins celebrates with her teammates after getting Cardiff City’s first goal against The New Saints. Photo: Cardiff City.
Cardiff City kept up their perfect start to the season with a win over TNS to remain top. Aberystwyth Town pulled off a shock draw away to Swansea City with Libby Isaac scoring twice. Pontypridd United took three points away from Barry Town United, and Abergavenny are still looking for their first points after a home defeat to Cardiff Met thanks to Emily Allen’s hat trick.
Swansea City 2-2 Aberystwyth Town
Aberystwyth were denied a famous win away at Swansea as Sarah Adams netted an 85th Minute equaliser. The Green and Blacks had led 2-1 thanks to Libby Isaac’s brace.
Chloe Tilley gave the Swans the lead just two minutes in with a close-range effort after a pass from Ellie Lake.
Aberystwyth however went on to lead before half time as Swansea failed to capitalise on the early goal. Libby Isaac scoring both first from the spot and then a 25-yard effort to give her side the lead.
The Swans would dominate the second half but had to wait till the 85th minute for Sarah Adams to rescue a point.
SWANSEA CITY: Claire Skinner, Alicia Powe, Ellie Lake, Emma Beynon, Kelly Adams, Nia Jenkins, Katy Hosford, Chloe Tiley (Rachel Cullen 71), Gwen Morgan (Ria Hughes 71), Emily Freeman (Sarah Adams 63), Jessica Williams.
Scorers: Tiley 2′, Adams 85′.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN: Elin Valentine, Lucy Gwilt, Rebecca Mathias, Bethan Roberts, Elin Jones, Kelly Thomas, Emily Thomas, Libby Isaac, Shauna Chambers, Ffiona Evans, Amy Jenkins.
Scorers: Isaac 9′ (pen), 43′.
Cardiff City 3-2 The New Saints
The New Saints put up a brave fight against the leaders, but the Bluebirds found a way to maintain their 100% Adran Premier record.
Zoe Atkins struck first for Cardiff as she turned the ball in after Ffion Price’s effort had hit the woodwork just 13 minutes in.
Saints were looking to counterattack the hosts and were able to level the game after 28 minutes. Chantelle Teare getting the goal.
TNS were unable to make it to the break level as Eliza Collie put City back ahead, finishing from a good ball from Siobhan Walsh.
Just after the break, Phoebie Poole extended the Bluebirds’ lead with her fifth goal of the season.
TNS refused to cave and kept themselves in the game and reduced the City lead though Beth Lewis after 66 minutes.
The visitors were unable to find a third goal and Lucy Platt was dismissed in added time for a foul on Ffion Price.
CARDIFF CITY: Ceryn Chamberlain, Ffion Price, Hannah Power, Siobhan Walsh, Seren Watkins, Phoebie Poole, Megan Bowen (Megan Saunders 78), Evie Hughes, Hollie Smith, Zoe Atkins, Eliza Collie (Rhianne Oakley 67).
Scorers: Atkins 13′, Collie 34, Poole 46.’
THE NEW SAINTS: Sarah Parkes, Beth Lewis, Lexie Harrison, Danielle Staley, Chantelle Teare, Lucie Platt, Tia Lockley, Caitlin Chapman, Helen Evans, Isobel Redding, Lia Lewis.
Scorers: Teare 28′, Lewis (pen) 66′.
Barry Town United 0-3 Pontypridd United
Pontypridd established their top four credentials with a 3-0 win over Barry Town United at Jenner Park.
Alison Witts got the first goal as she headed in at the back post from Jasmine Turner’s ball in.
Olivia Francis made it two with a solo effort, making a run down the flank she then cut inside and saw her initial effort blocked. As the ball was loose, she volleyed past Erin Brennan to make it two-nil.
Renee Day added a third coolly putting the ball past Brennan after being played in by Alison Witts.
BARRY TOWN UNITED: Erin Brennan, Lauren Harris, Holly Jenkins, Delia Ebbin (Maisy Fahey-Pennell 76), Hana Bennett (Phoenix Phillips 76), Taite Trivett (Nia Davies 85), Anna Houghton, Mackenzie Olden, Manon Pearce, Emily Nicholson (Grace McDonald 60), Faith Mulenga (Rhian Thomas 85).
PONTYPRIDD UNITED: Maisie Jones, Shannon Greenway, Clare Daley, Holly Broad, Emily Bayliss (Renee Day 64), Anais Trinci (Ellie Gunney 67), Kirsty Pervin-Davies, Alison Witts, Olivia Francis (Jessica Osborne 71), Carys Bufton (Efa Preece-Jones 71), Jasmine Turner.
Scorers: Witts 33′, Francis 66′, Day 87′.
Abergavenny 1-3 Cardiff Met
Cardiff Met kept the gap with city rivals Cardiff City to three points with a 3-1 win over the Pennies.
Emily Allen got Met off to a good start with the opening goal in the third minute.
Megan Stanton levelled the score after 39 minutes and Abergavenny went into half time level.
The Pennies kept Met out until the 69th minute as Allen got her second. Allen added a third and completed her hat trick with 81 minutes gone.
Met go into second three points behind Cardiff City while Abergavenny stay bottom without a point.
ABERGAVENNY: Charlotte Hastings, Caitlin Davies, Ffion Simmonds, Mali Summers, Elena Scrivens, Jamelia Davies, Ceri Hudson, Katie Williams (Lucy Boyd 82), Alana Murphy, Megan Stanton, Ellis Lunn (Eliza Atkins 74).
Scorer: Stanton 39′.
CARDIFF MET: Amelia Forkings, Evie Griffiths, Grace Corne, Jessica Westhoff, Stephanie Turner (Sophie Davidson 87), Sophie Hancocks, Emily Allen, Robyn Pinder (Kennesha Nanette 90+2), Shannon Evans (Ellie Preece 53), Erin Murray, Elianna Chavez.
Scorers: Allen 3′, 69′, 81′.