Welsh Premier Womens League
Sunday 22nd September
Swansea City 3 Aberystwyth Town 0
Aberystwyth Town Ladies' return to the Welsh Premier Women's League ended in defeat against one of the title favourites, Swansea City Ladies after two own-goals and a second half cracker from Katy Hosford. Despite defeat the Black and Greens left Swansea with their heads held high after a hard-working, determined performance against a high-quality side writes Steven Brookes.
Swansea City Ladies had opened their new campaign with an excellent victory over last season's champions and new Welsh UEFA Women's Champions League record-breakers Cardiff Met Women.
The Swans side were huge favourites for the fixture against the Ceredigion side but despite a lot of possession it took 43 minutes for the hosts to find the opener and with a bit of good fortune as well. Stacey John-Davis managed to round Ffion Ashman before her attempt, which seemed to be heading wide was unfortunately deflected in off Nia Witts.
Town found themselves two down nine minutes into the second half. Katie Hosford's strike from distance took a huge deflection off Caroline Cooper before ending up in the back of the net. Aber Town's defence remained focused and organised as the hosts pressed for a third. Ex-Swan, Ffion Ashman even pulled off a couple of very impressive saves to keep the score at two but the team in white weren't to be denied for much longer though. Katie Hosford's superb strike from distance finding the top corner to all-but confirm the three points.
Following a tough opening to the season for the recently promoted side, it is already quite clear that the Black and Greens are going to put up a big fight this season as they battle to remain in the Welsh Prem.
Aberystwyth will return to League Cup action on Sunday 29th September at Park Avenue as they host Briton Ferry Llansawel (KO: 2pm). This match will immediately be followed by Aberystwyth Town Ladies Development team's home match against Felinfach Ladies (KO: 5pm).
Aberystwyth Town Ladies knocked out last season's CWFA Cup winners Llanfair United Ladies to progress to the Semi-Final and keep their hopes of regaining the trophy they lost in 2018 well and truly alive, writes Steven Brookes.
LLANFAIR UTD LADIES 0-2 ABER TOWN LADIES: MATCH REPORT
Second half goals from Kelly Thomas and Tania Wylde were enough to give Aber a very hard fought victory against the Central Wales cup holders writes Steven Brookes.
Aber were in very good form going into the match, top of their league and scoring plenty of goals, a total of thirteen from their previous two matches. Despite recent results, a trip to Llanfair United was always going to be a totally different challenge. The two sides know each other well and have met in the final of this competition on numerous occasions in recent years with the most recent being last season's edition with the team in blue coming out as winners on what was a disappointing night for Town.
In Llanfair and on a difficult, bobbly pitch, it was the hosts that made the stronger start. Aber goalkeeper, Ffion Ashman happy to see a shot from the edge of the area deflected wide and later a powerful header fom a corner go over her crossbar.
This may not have been the type of performance the Ceredigion side had hoped for but they were creating a few opportunities of their own. Ffiona Evans being one of the players in green who nearly found the net. Aber's captain nearly poking the ball past the keeper after a fantastic through ball from Tania Wylde.
A frustrated Aber side were very close to going behind early in the second half when a lobbed effort from the home side came back off Ashman's post whilst just moments later the visitors had an opportunity too take the lead but Helen Evans was unable to hit the target with the difficult pitch largely to blame.
Last season's runners-up did break the deadlock though ten minutes into the half. A Caroline Cooper freekick was poked in by Kelly Thomas at the back post. The goal seemed to give Aber the boost they needed and were now on top. Wylde came agonisingly close to doublining the lead at the back post but was unable to hit the taget after a superb ball from Helen Evans, The clubs top-scorer and regular goal of the month winner did find the back of the net later on though and yet again, what a goal! The winger cutting in on her right foot before her effort dipped at the perfect time to put the visitors two-up and in full-control.
If anyone was going to get the games third goal it was Aber looking the most likely but the third wasn't needed as the Black and Greens progressed into the next round of the competition.
LLANFAIR UTD v ABER MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
SEMI-FINAL FIXTURE INFORMATION
Aber Town Ladies will play Felinfach on Sunday 24th February in Felinfach. Kick off will be at 2pm and the winners of the tie will face Aberystwyth Uni or Lampeter in this seasons Central Wales Cup Final.