Welsh Weekend Wrap

Impetus’ Martin Townley rounds up all the weekend’s action across the FAW Women’s Cup, and the three Adran Leagues (13/12/22).

Above: Lowri Baker of Briton Ferry and Cardiff Wanderers’ Rachel Beare in action during their FAW Women’s Cup Quarter-Final tie. Photo: Creative KF(@creativekf). 

Just two of the FAW Welsh Women’s Cup quarter-finals survived the freezing weather across Wales this weekend.  Briton Ferry Llansawel and Cardiff City booked their spots in the semi-finals with wins over Cardiff Wanderers and Abergavenny respectively. 

There was also one game that went ahead in the Adran South as Cascade YC beat Pontardawe Town to keep the pressure on leaders Briton Ferry. 

FAW Women’s Cup

Cardiff City 6-0 Abergavenny

Holders Cardiff City went safely through to the semi-finals with a comfortable win over Abergavenny. 

Lisa Owen opened the scoring for the Bluebirds on her first start of the season in the 22nd minute. The goal came after Evie Hughes played a one-two with Phoebie Poole and crossed to the far post where Owen turned the ball into the net. 

Cardiff had a penalty three minutes before the break as the ball bounced up and hit the arm of Abergavenny defender Sian Bull.  Poole’s emphatic finish from the spot claimed her 13th goal of the season.

City could have had a third before the break as Hughes was sent in on goal.  Driving into the box she was denied by a fine save from Charlotte Hastings. 

Just after the restart, Hastings made another quality save as she turned Poole’s strike around the post.

Cardiff did get their third in the 49th minute as Hughes’ corner into the near post went in off an Abergavenny defender.

The home side extended their lead when Poole played a clever slide pass into Eliza Collie to send her into the box.  Hastings saved from Collie, but Megan Saunders was first to the loose ball and tapped in from close range. 

A powerful shot from Lily Billingham in the 64th minute made it five for the Bluebirds to finish off a good passing move in style. Another own goal from Abergavenny from a dangerous City corner made it six as Cardiff City go through to the semi-finals. 

Cardiff will face the winners of the Cardiff Met v Llandudno match in the semi-finals.

Above: Cardiff City’s Lily Billingham, scorer of their fifth goal against Abergavenny. Photo: Cardiff City.

Cardiff Wanderers 1-5 Briton Ferry Llansawel

Cardiff Wanderers, the lowest-ranked side left in the cup, hosted Adran South leaders Briton Ferry with the capital city-based side looking to cause a Cup upset. 

Briton Ferry made a quick start to the game and led after just five minutes.  Laura-May Walkley sent a pass behind the Wanderers’ defence to find Lowri Baker who put the ball past Jordan Cleaver. 

Ferry kept the pressure on and after 14 minutes Lucy Powell made it two after she looped the ball over the keeper from distance. 

Just before half time Jade Crofts went close for the home side with her effort going just wide of the Ferry goal. 

Ela Roberts put the visitors three up after 53 minutes.  Lowri Baker sent Roberts in on goal where she put the ball over Cleaver who was able to get a hand to the ball but couldn’t stop it. 

Cardiff Wanderers did come back into the game and reduced the deficit.   Llywela Edwards won the ball off Ferry defender Brooke Llewellyn and passed to Jade Crofts who shot Courtney Young.

Wanderers searched for another but after 74 minutes Briton Ferry re-established their three-goal lead.  Captain Lowri Ridings with a powerful header from Lucy Powell’s corner. 

With 77 minutes gone Olivia Townsend got a fifth goal, scoring on her Briton Ferry debut.  The former Barry Town player stepped past a defender and fired a fine effort past Cleaver. 

Briton Ferry will play either Wrexham or Aberystwyth Town in the semi-finals. 

Adran South

Cascade YC 3-2 Pontardawe Town

Cascade came through a tough test against Pontardawe to go level on points with leaders Briton Ferry. 

They were made to come from behind as Catryn Cook gave Pontardawe the lead just two minutes in.  It took Cascade until the 55th minute to level thanks to Hannah Moger and things got better for the hosts when Jess Pascoe put them ahead with 20 minutes to play.  Georgia Thorne equalised for Pontardawe in the 89th minute as it looked like the visitors would take a point.  It wasn’t to be however as Bethan Lloyd scored in added time to give Cascade a valuable three points.

Table From: Genero Adran Leagues.

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