Match Report | Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies 2-5 Cardiff City FC Women
Cardiff City FC Women picked up their first three points of the campaign, defeating Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies, 5-2, at Old Road on Sunday, October 11th, 2020.
HIGHLIGHTS | BRITON FERRY LLANSAWEL LADIES 2-5 CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN
Head Coach Iain Darbyshire made two changes from the side that faced Swansea City on the opening day with Ceryn Chamberlain starting in goal - while there was a first ever start for 16-year-old midfielder Phoebie Poole, who joined the Club from Barry Town United in the summer.
The Bluebirds were facing off against a determined Briton Ferry side - who were extremely difficult to break down in the opening exchanges.
City found a way through just before the half hour mark, taking the lead through forward Zoe Atkins. The 28-year-old reacted quickest in the penalty area to slot home at close range.
The away side were in control - and after netting their first, took full advantage of the extra possession to score twice more in quick succession. Right-back Lisa Owen reached the ball in the area after 36 minutes, before directing it towards the far post - and into the back of the net with a deft finish.
Not to be outdone, her fellow defender Hannah Daley scored a wonder goal six minutes later to give Darbyshire’s side a commanding lead at the break. The central defender took aim and looped a powerful strike into the net from 35-yards.
Playing in a central role alongside the attack, debutant Poole had a lively first 45 minutes as a Bluebird, but was unable to net despite a couple of chances. She made no mistake with her first chance of the second half though - breaking in behind the Briton Ferry defence, and placing a low shot into the back of the net to mark an impressive first outing with a goal.
The home side put in a stubborn performance throughout despite the scoreline - and even threatened to fightback into the game with goals after 54 & 74 minutes through Lowri Baker and Sophie Topper.
But, it was the City's day - and they were rewarded for a strong performance with fifth goal in added time. Catherine Walsh reacting well to divert home Sophie Norman’s dangerous cross.
FINAL SCORE: BRITON FERRY LLANSAWEL LADIES 2-5 CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN
Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies: Young, Doble, Day, Davies, Powell, Roberts (Kearle 33’), Rees (Howells 56’), Baker, Barnett, Hogben, Topper. Subs Not Used: Howell, Edwards, Thomas.
Cardiff City FC Women: Chamberlain, Owen, Daley, S. Walsh (Jones 73’), Underdown, Broadhurst (Norman 63’), Green, Poole (Price 63’), C. Walsh, Atkins, Pinchard. Subs Not Used: Hastings, Tiiman.