“Today, we should have been out of sight in the first half had we taken our chances but huge credit to them sticking together and pulling off an excellent comeback victory”
Luke Williams (Team Manager)
With our senior ladies team not in action this weekend, it was the turn of the Development Ladies team to take centre stage with a home League Cup match against AFC Porth played at Leckwith Stadium.
Barry went into this game against higher level opposition with Porth currently playing in Division 1 of the South Wales Women's League. However it was the youthful Barry Development team that made most of the early running.
With a new look front two partnership of Caitlin Thomas and Brooke Howell, the home side were a constant threat in the opening half with Thomas testing the visiting keeper on numerous occasions who was on hand to deny Barry.
However, Barry soon got the opening goal that their pressure deserved. Thomas again was put through on goal and this time chipped the goalkeeper the make it 1-0. Barry were rarely threatened in the opening period with the back four keeping a tight defensive unit and the midfield pressing hard out of possession. Barry were good value for their lead at half time.
The second half produced numerous twists and turns as Barry started sloppily, gifting possession away cheaply on a regular basis and were punished early into the half when a cross from the left found the unmarked striker to slot home despite Barry's claim to the referee for a handball.
Barry were stunned having looked comfortable for long periods and it got worse as Porth scored another two goals in quick succession to move into a 3-1 lead. A complete turnaround within the first 20 minutes of the second period.
To their credit, Barry didn't wilt and maintained belief that they could get something out of the game. The home side bounced back reducing the deficit with a fine team goal played through the three units resulting in a through ball from captain, Charlene Hewings that found Thomas through on goal, and the make shift striker smashed the ball home to make it 2-3.
Barry were now back in the ascendancy and another Hewings through ball three minutes later once again found Thomas on goal who went on to seal a hat-trick to make it 3-3. A terrific comeback from the home side showing great resilience and it got even better with 6 minutes to go when Thomas rounded off a great individual performance to fire home her fourth of the day to make it 4-3.
There was to be even more late drama as Porth searched for an equaliser when a free kick looked to have looped over goalkeeper Molly Facey, but she reacted superbly to tip the ball around the post which secured Barry a much needed morale boosting win.
Team Manager, Luke Williams was delighted with the players efforts commenting, "That result has been coming for a few weeks where the Ladies have not got what they deserved out of games. Today, we should have been out of sight in the first half had we taken our chances but huge credit to them sticking together and pulling off an excellent comeback victory. The girls are all working hard and improving and this is a great confidence booster for the weeks ahead."
The Development Ladies will continue their League Cup campaign with a home fixture against Splott next week.
Updated 20:09 - 28 Jan 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC