Sunday 14th April 2019
Aberystwyth Town Ladies 2 (N. Evans 12', Wylde 90+2')
Splott Albion Ladies 1 (Ford 36')
Tania Wylde's injury time strike secured a deserved three points for the Black and Greens who now just need one more win to be crowned champions and gain promotion to the Welsh Premier Womens League, writes Steven Brookes.
Following on from last week's hard-fought victory over League Cup finalists Caldicot Town, the mid-Wales side were back playing in Ceredigion and hoping to make it 14 consecutive league victories with third place Splott Albion the opposition. On the University's 3G pitch it was the home team who were looking the brighter of the two sides in the early stages creating numerous shooting opportunities in the opening ten minutes, Tania Wylde coming the closest when her effort came back off the crossbar. Twelve minutes in Aber got the goal they thoroughly deserved when Naomi Evans was able to find the corner of the net with a left footed shot, after some quick build-up play from Team Green. A few minutes later Aberystwyth's keeper Ffion Ashman was forced into a good save at her near post to deny the visitors, but with nine minutes of the half remaining the Cardiff-based side were level. An outstanding free-kick from Sophie Ford flew into the corner of the net giving Ashman little chance of saving.
Into the second half and as in the first, Aber were getting plenty of shooting opportunities but not enough were really testing the visiting goalkeeper. Caroline Cooper, Ella Ramseyer-Bache and Wylde saw efforts go over the cross bar whilst Kelly Thomas had a header cleared off the line. With time ticking on it was beginning to feel like it wasn't going to be Aber's day and it was very nearly Splott who grabbed the game's third goal: Ashman making another good save to deny them. With just minutes remaining, after using her strength well to win possession back from a defender and keep the ball in play, the clubs top scorer Tania Wylde created a good opportunity, but the midfielder was unable to keep her strike on target. The long-range specialist was to have the final say though! Two minutes into added time Wylde's effort from outside the area ended up in the back of the net as the Town finally got the goal they deserved with Tania scoring her 24th goal in 21 games. Aber had to wait another five minutes until the final whistle but it was the home side who secured another massive three points.
Aber's hard work, hunger and determination was on show yet again in their most recent victory which keeps them eight points clear at the top of the table with three matches remaining. Could Sunday 21st April 2019 be the day promotion is secured? Come down to Park Avenue to watch Aberystwyth Town Ladies' fixture against in-form Cascade YC to find out. Kick off will be at 2pm.