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Ladies win in rough and tumble

Briton Ferry Llansawel: Ladies

Opposition: Cascade

Result: Won 3-2

Date: Sunday 18th February 2018 14:00

Venue: Home

Competition: Womens Tier 2 League

Team: Jessica Garlick, Laura Braithwaite, Beth Kennedy, Sophie Cardy ●1, Catrin Davies, Lucy Powell, Megan Kearle, Renee Day, Ela Roberts, Becca Rees, Aimee Heath ●2

Subs: Luciana Linciano, Anya Welch, Carys Price, Carys Wilklinson, Caitlyn Phillips

Ladies win in rough and tumble - Briton Ferry Llansawel AFC

Sophie Cardy (pic) scorer of a goal and the ended up in goals.

Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies extended their lead at the top of the Welsh Women’s League when they came out on top in a physical encounter against Cascade at Old Road on Sunday.

The reds started very well and deservedly took the lead in the 8th minute when a corner from Renee Day was headed towards goal by Catrin Davies but was blocked on the line, captain Sophie Cardy was first to react and stab the ball home.

The home team continued to dominate the early stages but the visitors physical style was causing some problems in the centre of the park.

In the 25th minute the reds almost doubled their lead when a Lucy Powell corner was headed towards goal by Becca Rees but a defender on the line turned her effort around the post.

Four minutes later Ela Roberts crossed for Powell whose effort beat the keeper but a well-placed defender cleared off the line.

In the 41st minute the visitors had their best chance of the half from a free kick but Ferry keeper Jess Garlick made a fine save before smothering the ball as the rebound was fired towards goal taking a kick to the head in the process.

On the stroke of half time Aimee Heath had a good chance to double the lead for the home team but fired her effort over the bar.

HT: BFL Ladies 1  Cascade Ladies 0

The reds had to re-organise for the start of the second half with keeper Garlick unable to continue following the kick to the head she received at the end of the first half.

With no recognised keeper on the bench, captain Cardy took the gloves for the second half and in the 54th minute a fine run from Megan Kearle saw her dribble past several defenders before shooting just wide.

However, a minute later Heath doubled the reds advantage with an unbelievable strike from a tight angle that rocketed into the top corner giving the visiting keeper no chance.

Five minutes later Heath had a good opportunity to grab her second when her pace saw her one on one with the Cascade keeper but she put her shot wide of the target.

The home team controlled the game for the majority of the second half but with 9 minutes remaining the visitors made the game interesting when they grabbed a goal following a long ball forward which saw their striker round Cardy to finish.

Then the reds hit back just 3 minutes later to put the game safe with a well won tackle from Day in midfield who fed the ball into Heath who rounded the keeper and finished for her second of the game.

With the last kick of the game in the 94th minute the visitors scored from a penalty after Beth Kennedy was adjudged to have impeded the run of the Cascade attacker.

The win saw the reds extend their lead at the top of the table to 8 points with Cascade in second place.

FT: BFL Ladies 3  Cascade Ladies 2

Star Player: Catrin Davies – The 16 year old youngster produced another assured performance at the centre of the Ferry defence winning ball after ball and kept her composure well in what was a very physical encounter.