Sunday 25th November 2018
Aberystwyth Town Ladies 3 Dafen Welfare Ladies 1
Aber returned to winning ways at Park Avenue thanks to goals from Naomi Evans, Kelly Thomas and Lisa Cowdy as the Black and Greens made it six consecutive league victories, writes Steven Brookes.
Following last weeks Welsh Cup exit, Aber's attentions turned back to the league with the hosts determined to pick up another three points. Following a quiet start, the match suddenly sparked into life in what was a crazy few minutes which began with the hosts breaking the deadlock. Ffiona Evans' cross was spilled by the visiting goalkeeper Caitlin Forrester and Naomi Evans was the quickest to react to give Aber the lead. That lead didn't last long at all though as straight from the restart Dafen went onto the attack and Stacey Webber found the back of the net with a fantastic strike from just inside the area. 46 seconds after conceding, the home side very nearly re-took the lead. Helen Evans' header looked to have found the net only to be denied by a brilliant save from Forrester. Despite not playing at their best it was the team in green who looked most likely to score the game's third goal: Helen Evans saw her long-range strike go narrowly over whilst Caroline Cooper hit the post directly from a corner.
Aber Town started the second half well and eighteen minutes in they were ahead once more when a Caroline Cooper corner was headed in by Kelly Thomas. Two soon became three when Lisa Cowdy found the net just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, firing the ball past the goalkeeper from near the penalty spot after Josie Pugh's superb long-range ball over the defence. Town were causing Dafen Welfare all sorts of problems as the hosts looked for a fourth. Tania Wylde, Naomi Evans and Cowdy were all denied by Forrester yet again whilst Dwynwen Davies had an effort cleared off the line.
Aber Town Ladies now have two big away games coming up, including a trip to face Barry Town United Ladies on 9th December. But before then they will hope make it seven league victories in-a-row when they travel to the capital once more to face Splott Albion on Sunday 2nd December.
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