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Ladies sign off in style

Briton Ferry Llansawel: Ladies

Opposition: Cyncoed

Result: Won 5-3

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2017 19:00

Venue: Away

Competition: Womens West Wales League

Team: Jessica Garlick, Mel Thomas, Aimee Heath, Renee Day ●1, Anya Welch, Lucy Powell ●2, Megan Kearle, Niamh Terry, Carys Wilklinson, Laura-May Walkley ●1, Becca Rees ●1

Subs: Beth Kennedy, Jade Dawkins, Carys Price, Bethan Ellis, Luciana Linciano

Ladies sign off in style - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFCLucy Powell(above) scorer of two goals for the Reds

BFL Ladies travelled to Cardiff to face Cyncoed in their final game of the season on Wednesday night.

Following a great first win in the Welsh Premier League on Sunday the reds went into the game confident of achieving back to back victories, but in was the hosts who started the quickest and were ahead in the second minute following a great strike from the edge of the box from Naomi Grant.

The ladies in red were soon level following good work from Becca Rees who squared the ball for Laura-May Walkley to beat the keeper from 25 yards.

The scores weren’t level for long and the Ferry took the lead for the first time in the 9th minute with Walkley returning the compliment by setting up Rees to make it 2-1.

In a hectic opening period Cyncoed were level again in the 13th minute with a good move down the right which was crossed for Alisha Northmore to level the scores again at 2-2.

Five minutes later BFL were almost back in front but Renee Day saw her free kick headed onto the bar and away by a Cyncoed defender.

Then in the 26th minute the Ferry did retake the lead when Day curled the ball directly into the net from a corner.

Two minutes later there was daylight between the teams following more great work from Rees and Walkley who then set it up for captain for the day Lucy Powell to strike and make it 4-2.

With five minutes to go to half time Powell added a fifth and her second following good work from Niamh Terry to set up her shot.

HT: Cyncoed 2 BFL Ladies 5

The BFL girls were looking relaxed and confident as they went out for the second half but just like the first half Cyncoed struck early with a long range effort from Holly Broad making it 5-3 in the 47th minute.

We then had the calmest period of the match before BFL again went at the Cyncoed defence and forced the Cyncoed keeper Michelle Pervin-Davies into four great saves in the space of three minutes, 2 from substitute Carys Price, one from Aimee Heath and another from Walkley.

In the 73rd minute Ferry keeper Jess Garlick was forced into action again but she came off her line well to block a good opportunity for the hosts and prevented a nervy final 15 minutes for the BFL girls.

Walkley forced another good save from Pervin-Davies in the 76th minute but BFL were able to see out the remaining minutes to complete a superb 5-3 win.

That game completed the season for BFL winning their last 2 and remaining unbeaten in their final 4 games, also finishing the season with the highest ever tally for a relegated team on eleven points.

Despite failing to avoid relegation from the their first season in the premier league the young squad has done the club proud and will no doubt be back playing at that level in the not too distant future.

FT: Cyncoed Ladies 3 BFL Ladies 5

Star Player: Aimee Heath – In only her third start as a full back Aimee showed that with her pace she’s difficult to beat and also posed a threat to the Cyncoed defence when she went forward in attack.