Aberystwyth Town Ladies v BFL Ladies – Welsh Women’s League Cup Semi-Final (Sun 22nd April)
Briton Ferry Llansawel travelled to face Aberystwyth on Sunday in what was a great game and fantastic advert for the women’s game. Both teams were relegated from the Welsh Premier Women’s League last season and the quality of play on show would have been well worthy of that level. The home team started the stronger and put the BFL defence under a lot of early pressure but they held firm and the hosts were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances. The closest they came was in the 14th minute but the Ferry keeper Jess Garlick was quickly off her line to make a good block. The reds gradually settled into the game and almost took the lead in the 20th minute Lucy Powell saw her effort from the edge of the box come back off the crossbar with Aber keeper Ffion Ashman beaten. However, they were not to be denied and two minutes later Powell played a great ball into the path of Megan Kearle on the left and after a great first touch Kearle produced a good finish to give the visitors the lead. Both teams continued to battle hard in what was a highly entertaining game but neither team were able to add to the score line in the first half.
HT: Aberystwyth Town Ladies 0 BFL Ladies 1
The physical battle continued after the break with neither team taking control of the game but with the visitors continuing to create the best chances. In the 58th minute Carys Wilkinson fed Kearle again on the left but her effort curled just over the bar. In the 83rd minute Powell played in Kearle again but with a chance to put the game to bed the Aber keeper Ashman pulled off a fine save. Then in the 88th minute it looked like Aberystwyth had taken the game to extra time with a cross from the right which was met by Hannah Pusey with a fine header at the near post giving Garlick no chance. There were huge celebrations from the home team but the visitors were not finished and in the 93rd minute Kearle produced a stunner of a goal that was worthy of winning any game. The ball was played to her down the left and she cut back inside beating the full back and retreating midfielder before curling an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net. Cue the celebrations from the away team this time as the players ran to celebrate with the bench. The reds then saw out the final two minutes of the game to secure a place in the final of the Welsh Women’s League cup where they will face Barry Town who overcame Penybont in the other semi-final.
FT: Aberystwyth Town Ladies 1 BFL Ladies 2
Goal scorers: Kearle 2
Star Player: Megan Kearle – Playing on the left side of midfield again Kearle was a constant threat for the reds and scored two great goals, the second of which was a worldie.
Team: Jess Garlick, Anya Welch (Kennedy 87), Becca Rees, Catrin Davies, Laura Braithwaite, Lowri Ridings (c), Ela Roberts (Thomas 82), Lucy Powell, Aimee Heath, Carys Wilkinson, Megan Kearle
Subs: Beth Kennedy, Melanie Thomas, Caitlyn Phillips