GENERO ADRAN PREMIER SWANSEA CITY 2 (TILEY 2', ADAMS 85') ABERYSTWYTH TOWN WOMEN 2 (ISAAC (PEN) 28', 43') VENUE: LLANDARCY ACADEMY OF SPORT 23/10/2022
Aberystwyth Town came so close to springing a surprise away at high-flying Swansea City - coming away with a hard-won point in the Adran Premier.
Two first-half goals from Libby Isaac - one a penalty, one a stunning solo effort - put the visitors 2-1 ahead after Chloe Tiley opened the scoring. But an 85th-minute goal from Sarah Adams meant the Seasiders had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
And that in turn meant Aber manager Gavin Allen had some conflicting feelings afterwards. "We would have taken a point, obviously, going down to Swansea," he said. "They are the champions, they've got some very, very good individual players. "They came back to haunt us last year with an 83rd-minute goal, and it's happened again."
He was pleased, however, with the way his team acquitted themselves - with Isaac playing further forward, and four second-half substitutions to give some more minutes on the pitch to the squad players. "We made a few changes today, not to sit, to try and attack Swansea from deep. "We knew they'd have the majority of the possession, and we would be dangerous on the counterattack. "We wanted to give more people some minutes - we had a game off in the Welsh Cup, we didn't have a good pre-season with several cancellations, and we need game time."
And now Allen and his squad look ahead to two more away games - a rearranged league fixture against Barry Town United on Thursday evening, then Connah's Quay in the second round of the FAW Women's Cup next Sunday. "That's five games away in a row, which for any team is going to be difficult, but that's where we are. "I'm hopeful we can build on the momentum that's swung in the last couple of weeks. The squad is coming back in dribs and drabs - we're almost at full capacity."
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