With a number of league fixtures to catch up following the dismal winter weather, Barry Town Ladies went into their latest league fixture in confident mood having already defeated the same opposition on two separate occasions this season. The hosts were looking to gain momentum in their quest for a promotion challenge in the Welsh Women's League and knew a victory would take them into third place with more games in hand to follow.
The match, played at St Cyres School 3G, started at a frantic pace and it was Barry who made most of the early running. Striker Emma Cannon went close with a snap shot that went straight at the visiting goalkeeper who was to have an inspired evening in goal.
Barry however did manage an early break through when some good counter attacking play resulted in a fine strike by midfield player Becca Jones who calmly slotted the ball into the net. Barry were dominating against Caerphilly's high defensive line, Cannon went close with two other opportunities, one producing an excellent diving save from the goalkeeper.
Just as it seemed a matter of time before the second goal would arrive, the visitors stunned Barry with their first effort on goal. A high ball into the penalty area was only partially cleared by the home defence with the ball landing 25 yards from goal where a superb strike found the bottom corner to make it 1-1 after 22 minutes.
To their credit, Barry responded emphatically and right from the kick off, wing back Naomi Coulson made a fantastic run down the left and a great pass from Kate Spargo released Coulson who ran towards goal and smashed the hosts back into the lead.
The hosts were on the front foot throughout the game with further chances going astray for Molly Chapman, Cannon and Spargo. The third goal arrived on 33 mins and this time it was the opposite wing back, Hannah Moger on the score sheet with a fine individual run cutting inside onto her left foot and a shot that went into the net off the underside of the crossbar.
The second half saw a number of changes for the home side and a change of shape but this did not change the flow of the game as Barry maintained possession comfortably, midfielder Charlotte Preene pulling the strings along with first team debutant, Amelia Davidson.
More opportunities arrived at the feet of Spargo, Davidson and Chapman but a number of fine saves and shots of target kept the score at 3-1. Becca Jones however was get Barry's fourth from an indirect free kick in the penalty area smashing home a shot into the bottom corner to all but seal the three points.
With the game petering out, there was to be one more goal for the home side and it was a great moment for the Barry Town youth production line. Spargo collected the ball down the left hand side before curling in a pin point cross for 16 year-old Holly Jenkins who volleyed home from close range to score her first senior goal to make it 5-1.
The three points has moved Barry into third place in the league table with another six matches to play and it is all to play for over the coming month. The ladies will now prepare for their second trip to Aberystwyth in two weeks with a Cup semi-final taking place this Sunday.
Updated 08:34 - 12 Apr 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC