“It’s been a tough test for us but also a useful examination of where we need to be in the future if we want to reach this level of football on a regular basis.”
Luke Williams (Manager)
Barry Town Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday following a 7-2 defeat away at Welsh Premier League outfit, Cyncoed Ladies in Round 2 of the FAW Cup.
This was always going to be a tough examination for Barry against an experienced top tier side that went on to claim their first silverware last season by winning the FAW Premier League Cup.
The visitors went into the game following an excellent start to the season winning all 8 of their previous league and cup fixtures and started this game on the front foot when Sian Rees narrowly fired wide at the near post in the opening minute. However just 60 seconds later Barry did take a shock lead when Rees picked up the ball inside the penalty area and with her back to goal she chipped a shot over her head and into the far corner. A great start for the visitors.
It didn’t take long for Cyncoed to start putting pressure on their Welsh Women’s League opponents and former Barry player Caitlin Bevan got the Mighty Oaks on level terms after ten minutes getting between two defenders to loop a shot over the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
The home side were playing with real intensity and it didn’t take long before Cyncoed took the lead when Kirstie Davies converted from a cross after 16 minutes and it was 3-1 on 22 minutes when Bevan headed home from another cross to put the hosts in the driving seat. Barry were also forced into an early change mid-way through the first half when Chloe Clarke was replaced by Olivia Townsend having picked up a knee injury.
To their credit, Barry kept working hard and almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time when Chelsea Deacon raced clear and looked odd on to score after rounding the goalkeeper but she couldn’t convert from a tight angle.
The visitors changed their shape at half time in an attempt to prevent a young athletic Cyncoed team from dominating the majority of possession however their premier league class shone through in the opening 20 minutes of the second half as they took complete control of the game scoring 4 goals with Bevan finishing up with four to her name and Davies grabbing a hat-trick.
With more changes made by both teams the final stages of the game were petered out but Barry did manage a consolation goal when Rees dangerous in-swinging cross was deflected into the net from a Cynoced defender to make the final score 7-2.
A deserved win for the Welsh Premier League team who now go into the hat for Round 3.
After the game manager Luke Williams was philosophical about the result commenting, “Cyncoed today showed why they are a good top level side and they thoroughly deserved to win the game. We had a great start in the opening minutes but in reality we struggled to cope with the intensity and athleticism of their team. It’s been a tough test for us but also a useful examination of where we need to be in the future if we want to reach this level of football on a regular basis.”
Barry will now return to Welsh Women’s League action on Sunday where they will look to maintain their 100% winning start to the season when they travel to Cardiff based, Willows Ladies with the match kicking off at 2pm at Willows High School. Williams commented, “We now need to learn the lessons from today’s match and keep working hard and improve for our league campaign where we have found ourselves challenging for promotion. Willows will be a tough game opponent for us and we will need to perform well to get the three points.”
Updated 12:33 - 20 Nov 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC