“Despite the result, I was particularly pleased to see us competing with a far more experienced team. The young players did not look out of place technically which bodes well for the future. The tough examination will be a great learning experience for us”
Luke Williams (Development Ladies Manager)
Following two comfortable pre-season wins, the Development Ladies team travelled to the picturesque Forest of Dean in what was to prove a much tougher examination ahead of the new season.
Barry went into this fixture with a young and inexperienced team and with game time the objective of the day for the squad of 17 players, it was pleasing to see the ladies more than match the hosts for the opening hour of the game.
The match started at a frantic pace with opportunities at both ends of the pitch. A long-range effort from the home side hit the bar early on but Barry, looking dangerous on the counter attack, also went close with efforts from striker Emma Cannon and Lucy Horrigan.
Barry goalkeeper and new signing, Molly Facey, made an excellent one on one save before Bethan O’Donnell fired a 25 yard free kick inches wide.
Barry were growing in confidence as the first half progressed and they took the lead on the half our mark when a delightful ball from Brooke Howell found Cannon in behind the home defence and she calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home her 8th pre-season goal.
The visitor were good value for their lead but it lasted just over ten minutes when a shot from 25 yards looped over Facey to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half saw a change of system from Barry and the introduction of 6 players which naturally effected the flow of the game. The home side came out firing on all cylinders both technically and physically as the young Barry side struggled to contain the direct approach. Forest raced into a 4-1 lead with 3 goals in ten second half minutes but to their credit, Barry still tried to play a good level of football and caused problems on the counter attack. At one-point Barry had 7 players under the age of 18 on the pitch giving valuable learning experience to the squad.
By the end, the home side had scored another two goals both from long distance to make the score line 6-1 which was harsh on a Barry team that gave a lot of endeavour but were beaten deservedly by a much more experience team. The match was exactly the test the Development team were looking for ahead of the new season and the squad will look to bounce back and keep working in readiness for their opening league fixture on 3rd September.
Updated 14:42 - 21 Aug 2017 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC