“I am delighted with the response and the character the players showed today coming back from a disappointing start to the game and it’s a credit to their belief. To come here and get a point in difficult conditions and from behind is a positive result.”
Edryd Thomas (Development Ladies Coach)
With the first team match postponed this weekend due to a waterlogged pitch, it was the Barry Town Development Ladies team that took centre stage this week with a battling performance in Cefn Forest.
The Ladies took on a Coed Duon team, boosted from a thumping win on the opening day of the season with Barry also looking to continue their positive start following a home win last weekend against Tredegar.
Two first team players, Jasmine Rowley and Charlotte Preen were selected for the Development team in order to get some valuable game time and match fitness and there was a league debut for experienced midfielder, Leah Davies.
In poor conditions due to heavy rain and high wind, both team struggled early on to retain the ball but Barry showed glimpses of the work undertaken during the summer, encouraging playing out from the back.
It was the home side who looked the more threatening during the opening period and Barry goalkeeper Molly Facey kept Barry level with an excellent save when the home side wetn clean through on goal.
However, Coed Duon did manage to take the lead halfway through the first half with a well taken strike from just inside the box. Further chances came at both ends of the pitch, Emma Cannon going close for Barry and the host firing wide from 12 yards but the score remained 1-0 at the break.
The second half couldn’t have started any worse for Barry as the home side doubled their lead within 30 seconds of the restart. A through ball found the striker who rounded the keeper before slotting home. This was now a huge test of character for a young Barry side.
To their credit, Barry dug deep and started dominating possession, looking fitter and more composed on the ball and chances were coming on a regular basis. Davies was looking impressive in the midfield area breaking up play and getting the visitors on the front foot with Preen becoming more influential as the game wore on.
Barry pulled a goal back on the hour mark when a corner from captain, Charlene Hewings was touched into the net at the near post by Emma Cannon. The striker starting her first season in senior football in excellent fashion with her high work rate and instincts in front of goal. Both Preen and Davies went close to an equaliser and Barry’s pressure finally told as the second goal came when Davies fired a rocket of a shot from 20 yards into the top corner.
With the visitors now level and looking fired up, there seemed to be only one team that would go on to win the game, however the hosts broke through Barry’s defence one more time with their striker scoring a well taken goal chipping Facey in the Barry goal with 5 minutes to go to make it 3-2.
It looked as if Barry’s resilience had finally been broken but there was to be one last twist as the visitors once again came from behind to get a late equaliser. Some excellent combination play in midfield saw the ball find Cannon on the edge of the penalty area and she superbly lofted the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 3-3.
A thrilling game with lots of twists and turn but on the balance of play a fair result with Barry recovering from a poor start to gain a well earned point.
Development Ladies coach Edryd Thomas was pleased with the resilience of the team. “I am delighted with the response and the character the players showed today coming back from a disappointing start to the game and it’s a credit to their belief. To come here and get a point in difficult conditions and going behind twice is a positive result.”
The Development team have taken 4 points from their opening two fixtures and will look to maintain their positive start next weekend.
Updated 08:44 - 12 Sep 2017 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC