Our Ladies first have had a good start to 2019 with an excellent 1-1 draw at home to Port Talbot thanks to an injury time equaliser from Renee Day. This was followed by a good performance in a 3-1 loss at Cardiff City last week the reds goal from a Lucy Powell penalty.
The Development team fought hard in a 5-3 loss against Cardiff City Bluebelles before an excellent 5-1 win in the cup at the Old Road against Rhydyfelin, scorers were an own goal, Tasha Trotman, Ali Discombe and a brace from Cerys Penk.
The Under 16's are yet to play but have seen Harleigh Phillips and Georgia Howells promoted and playing in both first team fixtures in the WPWL so far, they have a huge Welsh Cup semi-final to come against Penrhyn on Sunday February 17th.
BFL Ladies v Port Talbot Ladies – 13th Jan 2019
Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies faced Port Talbot in a local derby on Sunday at Old Road. Manager Ross Norgrove handed first premier league starts to under 16 players Harleigh Phillips and Georgia Howells and both were superb throughout the 90 minutes. It was well contested first half with not much between the teams. In the 13th minute Becca Rees had the reds first chance of the afternoon but saw her effort saved by Vicky Straton in the Port Talbot goals. A minute later Port Talbot saw their best effort of the half fly just over the crossbar. Both teams continued to look for an opening but the defences held firm. In the 35th minute Ferry keeper Courtney Young made a fine save to keep the scores level at half time.
HT: BFL Ladies 0 Port Talbot Ladies 0
The reds started the second half well and in the 53rd minute Rees got a shot away following a corner from Megan Kearle but saw her effort fly over the bar. Three minutes later the visitors took the lead when former red Laura may Walkley got on the end of a long ball and lifted it over Young as she attempted to make the block. The reds were almost level five minutes later when Rees found herself one-on-one with the keeper but Straton again made a good save pushing it around the post. Midway through the half Walkley turned well for the visitors but her effort went just over the bar. Megan Kearle on the left for Ferry was starting to become an influence on the game. Firstly, she fed Rees who saw her effort saved then after making space for herself she saw her own shot saved before yet another shot went just wide. The reds were now well on top but unable to get the goal their performance deserved. However in the 92nd minute with time running out Renee Day got on the end of a long ball from Lucy Powell and lifted her shot over the keeper and into the net to give the reds a well deserved point.
FT: BFL Ladies 1 Port Talbot Ladies 1
Scorer: Renee Day
Star Player: A great team performance and impossible to single anyone out.
Team: Courtney Young, Georgia Howells, Lucy Powell, Laura Braithwaite, Lowri Ridings (c), Anya Welch, Ela Roberts, Harleigh Phillips, Becca Rees, Renee Day, Megan Kearle
Subs: Megan Jones, Lowri Baker, Luciana Linciano
Cardiff City Women v BFL Ladies – 20th Jan 2019
Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies travelled to Cardiff on Sunday and produced another very good performance despite falling to a 3-1 defeat against a strong City team. The early stages were evenly contested but in the 17th minute Renee Day made a great run but was tripped in the box. Lucy Powell stepped up and finished the penalty well to give the reds the lead. However mid-way through the half City capitalised on a poor clearance and Kanisha Underdown levelled it up. The remainder of the half was well contested with the best effort going to City in the 41st minute but Courtney Young in the Ferry goals saved well.
HT: Cardiff City Women 1 BFL Ladies 1
The reds had the first chance of the second half in the 52nd minute with City keeper Ceryn Chamberlain unable to hold a Powell free kick. Ela Roberts was first to react to the rebound but fired over the bar. City then scored 2 goals in a 3-minute period to take control of the game, Underdown scoring her second with a good header and then Danielle Broadhurst with the third after a good move. The reds almost pulled one back immediately but Lowri Ridings saw her effort from a Megan Kearle corner turned around the post by Chamberlain. Both teams continued to press looking to add to the scoreline but the defences held firm, substitute for the reds Freja Davies going closest but her effort was straight at the keeper.
FT: Cardiff City Women 3 BFL Ladies 1
Scorer: Lucy Powell (pen)
Star Player: Renee Day – Great energy from Renee from the first to last whistle kept driving her team forward.
Team: Courtney Young, Georgia Howells (Davies 78), Lucy Powell, Laura Braithwaite, Lowri Ridings (c), Anya Welch, Ela Roberts, Harleigh Phillips (Baker 65), Becca Rees, Renee Day (Heath 85), Megan Kearle
Subs: Lowri Baker, Aimee Heath, Freja Davies, Caitlin Owen
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
RENEE DAY(pic right)
Been back to her best in recent games