“You couldn't have asked for a better start from the team. The whole squad turned up focused, and with a marker to set. From the keeper, to the strikers, and each squad substitute, they were a credit to the club.”
Adam Hewings (Manager)
Women’s Welsh League
Penybont Ladies 0-3 Barry Town Ladies
Barry Town Ladies were looking to start their league campaign on a positive note for the 2017/18 season and were given a tough start away to Penybont who finished just behind Barry last season in third place.
Three players were making their competitive debuts for the 1st team with sixteen year old Beth O'Donnell, alongside promoted Development players Becky Cornelius and Becca Jones.
The Ladies got off to a flying start and after threatening once or twice early on, they finally found the net. A superb move through the middle of the park, with Ellen Phillips finding striker Luca Laky to fire home after 10 minutes. Top scorer from last season Laky looking in menacing form once again.
Barry were in confident mood, and were playing the ball around in confident fashion and it wasn't long before the visitors doubled their lead. Another fine bit of football, with O'Donnell driving down the right, finding Phillips who squared the ball for the on-rushing Megan Bailey who hit a first time shot from the edge of the box, with the outside of her right foot into the top left corner.
Penybont then started to find their feet, going close on the counter on a few occasions. They were however unable to beat the outstanding Meg Davies. The Barry keeper showing top class reflexes, and great composure.
With half time approaching, the referee awarded Barry a penalty for a blatant handball in the box.
Emma Thompson stepping up, to find the Penybont keeper equal to her powerful effort with a great save.
Half time: Penybont 0-2 BTU Ladies
The second half followed a similar pattern with limited chances for the home side and Barry comfortable in possession showing the form that enabled such a successful first season in the Women's Welsh League last year.
Only conceding eight goals last season, and they were on to another comfortable clean sheet.
Stand in captain Emily Mortimore again showing her drive and will to win, in defence.
Debutant Becky Cornelius complimenting that back line wonderfully.
Barry did conjure up a few decent chances in search of a third goal. Becca Jones impressing in midfield causing the home side problems with her forward movement and Tracey White looking composed in the centre providing great experience. Naomi Coulson also caused constant havoc down the left-hand side throughout the game.
With ten minutes to go, Barry finally got their third of the match and a great team goal it was.
Keeper Davies, taking a goal kick short, finding Thompson, who then played through the midfield and to club captain Stevie Cook, who with composure from the Penybont 'press', played the ball on to Bailey, who squared it to the right hand side. Substitute and debutant Robyn Facey, then drove down the right to square for Laky to score her second of the game. A fantastic team goal to seal an impressive start to the season.
Manger - Adam Hewings
''You couldn't have asked for a better start from the team. The whole squad turned up focused, and with a marker to set. The pre season, and training was evident in that performance. They were fantastic and the energy levels was second to none. From the keeper, to the strikers, and each squad substitute, they were a credit to the club.''
Next week ‘Town’ take the long trip to face West Wales outfit, Newcastle Emlyn.
1) Megan Davies
2) Emma Thompson
3) Becky Cornelius
4) Becca Jones
5) Emily Mortimore
6) Megan Bailey
7) Beth O'Donnell
8) Tracey White
9) Luca Laky
10) Ellen Phillips
11) Naomi Coulson
Updated 14:08 - 4 Sep 2017 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC
12) Robyn Facey
14) Jasmine Rowley
15) Abi Smyth
16) Molly Chapman
17) Stevie Cook