Following their South Wales FA Cup success the previous weekend, Barry Town Ladies went into their Welsh Women's League Cup Final against Briton Ferry in confident mood looking to make it back to back cup wins.
The sides had met two weeks previously in the league with Ferry coming out on top 3-2 in a closely fought encounter and this final was sure to be another tight affair.
The match kicked off with Barry enjoying the majority of possession in the opening period of the game with the Vale club adopting a new formation switching to a back 4 which seemed to give them better balance throughout this encounter.
Charlotte Preen went close from a free kick and midfielder Kate Spargo fired over from 20 yards as Barry applied the early pressure which eventually took it's toll mid way through the first half . Naomi Coulson took advantage of some hesitation between Ferry's defender and goalkeeper to prod home the opening goal to give Barry a deserved lead.
Briton Ferry started to get a foothold in the game as the first half came to a close but without testing Barry goalkeeper, Megan Davies into a meaningful save.
The second half saw a very different pattern as Ferry came out of the dressing room with intent and for long periods, Barry had to withstand huge amounts of pressure. Preen cleared a corner kick off the line whilst numerous blocked tackles frustrated Briton Ferry but the pressure would finally tell as an equaliser came.
A cross into the penalty area was only partially headed away by the Barry defence with the rebound falling just outside the penalty area which was superbly finished into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
Ferry continued to dominate the remainder of the second half but Barry must be commended for their exceptional work rate and bravery with heroic defending at times keeping them in the game. No more goals would follow in normal time and therefore extra time beckoned.
The opening period of extra time saw little in terms of goalmouth action with Barry still often defending bravely with the odd counter attack but the game would be swung into life as in the opening minute of the second period, Barry took the lead through an excellent counter attacking goal.
Midfielder, Amelia Davidson played a neat through ball for substitute Ellen Phillips who broke free of the Ferry defence before expertly chipping the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net to put Barry back into the lead at 2-1.
With a lead to hang onto Barry continued to frustrate Ferry as they went in search of an equaliser but more dogged defending and character saw Barry over the line to claim a fantastic 2-1 victory and seal a cup double to add to their South Wales FA Cup Win.
It proved to be an outstanding day of success for the club with the Under 12 BTU Cardiff and Under 15 girls also winning their League Cup Finals on the same day.
Well done to all the players and coaching staff for all their successes.
Updated 16:55 - 15 May 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC