Villa Dino Christchurch 0 Aberystwyth Town Ladies 3
SWWGL Women’s Alun Evans Cup Group Stage
Sunday 14th January 2018
Aber Town Ladies got 2018 off to a winning start as goals from Mared Jones, Amy Jenkins and Ffiona Evans secured victory for the Black & Greens who remain unbeaten in the League and League Cup so far, writes Steven Brookes.
After a long Christmas break Aber's first match of the New Year was away to Villa Dino Christchurch, near Newport. On a very cold day in South Wales the visitors made a disappointing start and were nowhere near their best. Despite this, Aber were still the team looking more likely to score the opening goal. Amy Jenkins and Kelly Thomas both headed over from a corner whilst Caroline Cooper's effort from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper. Town did eventually take the lead with 29 minutes gone when left Back Mared Jones's effort from out wide beat the keeper at her near post to put Aber one-nil up.
Cooper came close again 17 minutes into the second half when her low shot was well saved but three minutes later Aber doubled their lead. Amy Jenkins won a free kick on the edge of the area which she took and her excellent effort found the bottom corner of the net. Naomi Evans came agonisingly close to getting the third but was unable to convert Ffiona Evans's cross, then came the third goal with six minutes remaining. Captain Ffiona Evans found herself one on one with the keeper and calmly put the ball into the back of the net for her first of the season.
The Black and Greens may not have been at their best but they did deserve their 3-0 victory. Their next match is a tough league game against Cascade YC at Park Avenue next Sunday, with a 12pm kick off.