On a sunny but windy day at Jenner Park, Barry Town Ladies returned to league action with home fixtures against Penybont Ladies.
Having defeated their opponents 3-0 on the opening day of the season, Barry were looking to maintain their good league form and put pressure on the leading contender in the league table.
The first half was a close encounter with both teams having opportunities to take the lead. Barry were controlling most of the possession but it was the visitors who went closest in the opening period with a fierce long range effort rattling the crossbar. Hannah Moger also went close for the home side but was denied by a smart save by the Penybont goalkeeper.
Barry’s Molly Chapman was a regular threat, working hard in the forward line for the home team and youngster, Bethan O’Donnell providing great width down the right hand side for Barry. The game remained goalless going into half time.
The second half would prove to be a much livelier content however. Penybont start the second period on the front foot and deservedly took the lead following a great counter attacking move finished off calmly by their striker to make it 0-1.
To their credit, Barry seemed reinvigorated by the setback and the introduction of 16 year old and former Welsh Junior international, Kate Spargo, almost had an instant impact as she went close
when racing onto O’Donnell’s cross.
After a lovely passage of play from Barry, it was Naomi Coulson who would find that killer pass unlocking the visitors defence for Spargo to race through and she made no mistake with the finish levelling up the match at 1-1.
Barry now started to take control of the game, and were pressing for a winner. The midfield of Captain Stevie Cook and Becca Jones were having a bigger influence on the game and another youngster, 17 year-old, Emma Cannon was introduced for her home debut for the first team having come through the Development Squad.
Emma has hit well into double figures for the young development team so far this season and her hard work and humble approach has paid dividends in her call up.
Cannon was to make a huge impact as she headed a corner against the post and defender Rebecca
Cornelius, who had a great individual performance, reacted first the ball and put Barry into the lead at the far post to make it 2-1.
With time running out, Penybont started to press in search for an equaliser but they could only muster 2 set pieces Barry defender well, Cannon heading a way from danger on both occasions. Barry held on for a 2-1 victory moving into third in the Women’s Welsh League table with two game in hand.
Next week the Ladies play an exciting South Wales FA Cup Semi Final away to Caerphilly.
Squad Vs Penybont
1. Meg Davies
2. Emma Thompson
3. Becky Cornelius
4. Becca Jones
5. Emily Mortimore
6. Leah Davies
7. Beth O’Donnell
8. Stevie Cook (c)
9. Naomi Coulson
10. Molly Chapman
11. Hannah Moger
Updated 14:43 - 12 Feb 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC
12. Robyn Facey
14. Kate Spargo
15. Abi Smyth
16. Emma Cannon
17. Frankie Taylor