“It was a game where both teams failed to take advantage when they were on top. The players put in a great shift today and everything is still in our hands for the rest of the season. Bethan's injury is unfortunate and we hope it's not too serious.”
Adam Hewings (Manager)
Barry Town Ladies made the long trip to Aberystwyth Town for an early kick off on Easter Sunday with both teams still aiming to maintain their promotion challenge.
With games in hand, both teams went into this fixture looking to put down a marker for the remainder of the season and to put pressure on current league leaders Briton Ferry and second placed Cascade YC.
The 3G pitch at Park Avenue was in excellent condition and it was the home side that made most of the early running creating several good chances. Firstly, Aber broke down Barry’s left hand side and a smart turn and shot produced a fine save from Barry goalkeeper Megan Davies, pushing the shot away from goal.
Barry were struggling to maintain possession and the home side went even closer after 15 minutes when they won the ball in a central midfielder area and a driving run and shot smashed against the crossbar.
Plenty of corners and set pieces were delivered into the visitors penalty area but the defensive unit of Emma Thompson, Rebecca Cornelius and captain, Emily Mortimore stood resolute keeping Barry in the game.
As the first half progressed, Barry started to finally get a foothold in the game with key midfielder players starting to get on the ball. Stiker, Caitlin Thomas, was making her first team debut following a string of excellent performances in the Development team and was a constant threat as the game progressed with her pace and physical presence. The hardworking Molly Chapman, also playing up front with Thomas, put in a fine shift both on and off the ball the give the Aber defence limited time in possession.
It was Thomas who almost put Barry into the lead on the half hour mark when she headed a Naomi Coulson corner inches wide of the far post. At half time, Barry were definitely the happier team going into the break to still be at 0-0.
The second half saw a completely different picture, as Barry came out of the blocks on the front foot and they created several great opportunities to take the lead. Two set pieces saw glorious chances at the back post squandered before a fine turn and shot from Thomas brought a good save low down from the Aber keeper. Holding midfielder, Bethan O’Donnell was starting to become a bigger influence on the game and she almost put Barry in front with a 30 year free kick superbly tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.
Barry were really getting ahead of steam as the game went on, Thomas again going close when being put through by an excellent pass from Kate Spargo, but the goalkeeper forced the striker to a wide angle and her shot went into the side netting.
With Barry pushing on, Aber still looked a threat on the counter attack with moments of pressure of on the Barry goal but both teams couldn’t break the deadlock. A serious looking injury to O’Donnell saw the match finish on a sour note but both teams should take great credit from a highly entertaining game.
Barry would like to give a special thank you to Aber Town player and physio, Ffiona Evans who was fantastic in treating Bethan with her injury.
Updated 08:44 - 3 Apr 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC