“‘’The players deserved that today. They are the first group of ladies to get Barry Town Utd to a senior cup final and they are a real credit to our club. They had to dig deep at times today, and they never shied away.””
Adam Hewings (Team Manager)
After last week’s postponement, the South Wales FA Cup Semi-Final clash between Caerphilly Castle and Barry Town Ladies finally took place on Sunday in Abertridwr with clear blue skies yet very cold conditions.
The visitors, hoping to earn their first cup final appearance started on the front foot right from the first kick off. Emma Cannon making her full debut for the 1st team, going close in the opening minutes, denied by a smart save from the Caerphilly goalkeeper.
Molly Chapman was also denied soon after by another good save as the visitors searched for the breakthrough.
With Stevie Cook, Becca Jones and Kate Spargo dominating in midfield area, Barry had the platform to drive forward, creating numerous chances and finally after 20 minutes the breakthrough came. Chapman was sent racing clear and she produced a sublime deft chip over the keeper into the corner. An excellent move and a composed finish to match.
Barry squandered a few more chances with the boggy playing conditions hindering both team in truth. Cannon went close again, smashing a shot against the crossbar with one effort.
Beth O’Donnell and Naomi Coulson were a constant threat for Barry on both flanks and it was no surprise when Barry doubled their lead. A long range effort was spilt by the keeper allowing Chapman to bundle home the rebound.
To their credit, Caerphilly didn’t buckle and started to get into the game after that second goal, creating some half chances but nothing that severely tested the Barry goal until the visitors conceded a penalty for a handball on 35 minutes.
However, the resultant spot kick was fantastically saved by Barry goalkeeper Megan Davies and she also reacted superbly to react and second good save from the rebound. Barry’s 2-0 lead still intact.
Barry responded in great fashion, finding a third goal on the stroke of half time when captain and dead ball specialist, Stevie Cook stepped up to strike home a superb free-kick from 35 yards for
3-0 and put the visitors well in control at the half time break.
The opening 15 minutes of the second period was tight affair but as the game wore on, Barry looked the more assertive and most likely to get the next goal and it duly came with a special moment for Cannon grabbing her first senior goal for the 1st Team.
A powerful finish giving the goalkeeper no chance and a great achievement for the 17 year-old whose recently been promoted into the first team following her excellent goal-scoring form in Barry’s development team this season.
Another fine through ball found Chapman, who completed her hat trick with a calm, sublime finish over the outrushing goalkeeper made it 5-0 as Barry were really getting ahead of steam.
The Barry defence were resolute throughout and rarely gave the home side any room to manoeuvre a comeback.
With the game all but over, substitute, Hannah Moger entered the field and Barry continued to dominate and were to record a further two goals before the final whistle. Both of them calmly put away by Moger to make the final score 7-0 to Barry with a complete performance from the team.
Manager Adam Hewings was full of praise for his players;
‘’The players deserved that today. They are the first group of ladies to get Barry Town Utd to a senior cup final and they are a real credit to our club. They had to dig deep at times today, and they never shied away.”
It’s a great achievement for us as a team. We’ve got a real nice balance of players here and we’re all learning together.
Barry’s success means they will take on Penybont in the final with the date and venue to be confirmed.
Next week the ladies have a league cup quarter final at Jenner Park against Willow Ladies with a 4pm kick off.
Updated 14:21 - 26 Feb 2018 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC