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2018 starts with a win for ladies

Briton Ferry Llansawel: Ladies

Opposition: Penybont

Result: Won 7-2

Date: Sunday 7th January 2018 14:00

Venue: Home

Competition: Womens Tier 2 League

Team: Kayhlan Norgrove, Anya Welch, Beth Kennedy, Sophie Cardy, Catrin Davies, Carys Wilklinson, Megan Kearle ●1, Lucy Powell ●1, Ela Roberts, Renee Day ●3, Becca Rees ●1

Subs: Aimee Heath ●1, Jade Dawkins, Luciana Linciano, Carys Price, Caitlyn Phillips

2018 starts with a win for ladies - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

After 6 weeks without a game, Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies returned to league action when they faced Penybont Ladies at Cwrt Herbert playing fields in Neath.

With first choice keeper Jess Garlick unavailable, former captain and midfielder Kayhlan Norgrove who was home on leave from the army deputised between the sticks.

The reds quickly got into their stride and took the lead after 7 minutes when Renee Day scored direct from a corner aided by a slight deflection.

However, after 15 minutes the visitors hit back with a great free kick from 25 yards which gave Norgrove no chance.

The lead didn’t last long as 2 minutes later the reds restored their advantage following good work from Lucy Powell to set up Becca Rees for the goal.

For the reminder of the half the reds dominated with Ela Roberts in particular causing problems for the Penybont defence with her runs down the right although they were unable to add to their 2 goals with Carys Wilkinson going close on a few occasions and both Rees and Megan Kearle seeing efforts go just over the bar.

HT: BFL Ladies 2  Penybont Ladies 1

BFL started the second half well but it was the visitors who scored next when a free kick was not dealt with by the Ferry defence and the Penybont striker reacted quickest to stab home and level the scores again at 2-2.

The goal gave the visitors confidence and they sensed a chance to steal all three points and for the next 20 minutes took control of the game.

Despite this the Ferry defence held firm with centre backs Sophie Cardy & Catrin Davies impressing and it was the reds who went closest to scoring with Rees seeing her effort come back off the post after 60 minutes.

Rees was replaced by Aimee Heath just after and it was Heath who gave the reds the spark to take control of the game with her runs down the left wing.

In the 71st minute she provided a great cross from Powell to firs home and give the reds a 3-2 lead.

Then in the 78th minute Heath was a gain the provider with another great cross for Day to score again.

Two minutes later Day completed her hat-trick with a good effort from the edge of the box making the game safe at 5-2.

In the 83rd minute Wilkinson was the provider for Kearle to score for 6-2.

In the final minutes of the game substitute Caitlyn Philips went close with a great effort that struck the bar before Heath added the finishing touch with a well taken penalty after the ball was handled by a Penybont defender.

That gave a final score of 7-2 with the reds opening up a 8 eight point lead at the top of the table having completed half of their games. T

here are other teams with games in hand though so there’s a long way to go for the ladies who have the aim of returning to the Welsh premier Women’s League.

 FT: BFL Ladies 7  Penybont Town Ladies 2

Star Player: Sophie Cardy – The Ferry captain was immense at the heart of the defence, particularly at the start of the second half when the visitors threw everything at the reds.