“I am really pleased with how the players reacted today especially with a difficult playing surface. Cascade is always a tough place to get a result and I was delighted the way we stuck to our game plan and the principles of how we want to play.”
Luke Williams (Manager)
Barry Town Utd Ladies returned to cup action on Sunday, playing in the first round of the Welsh Women’s League Cup with an away fixture at Cascade YC.
This was to be the second meeting between the two sides with Barry running out winners in their home league fixture back in September but knew this was going to be anything other than a comfortable afternoon against a team with a strong home record.
Barry made one change from their credible away point the previous weekend at Caldicot with Laura Saliba replacing Emma Cannon who missed out with illness.
The match, played on a very soft pitch due to the recent heavy rain made it difficult for both teams and it took time for both squads to settle down. Barry went close early on when a Sian Rees effort was well saved by the Cascade goalkeeper Hollie Williams who was to go on and have an outstanding individual performance.
Cascade hustled and caused moments of uncertainty for the Barry defence but ultimately didn’t test the Barry goalkeeper in the opening half with two shots going wide from distance from their most notable efforts at goal.
The visitors on the other hand were getting stronger as the half progressed and were denied on several occasions by some inspired goalkeeping. Chelsea Deacon broke free down the left and cut inside looking destined to score but Williams made an outstanding save with her feet. Moments later a great passage of play from Barry found Charlotte Preen who curled a left foot shot towards the corner which was brilliantly tipped wide by Williams.
Barry could have been forgiven for feeling frustrated at this point but their patience was rewarded on the stroke of half time when Rees picked up the ball from 25 yards out and she unleashed a curling shot into the far corner to make it 1-0 at the break.
The second half started with a familiar pattern with lots of endeavour from both team with Barry looking a regular threat in wide areas and the visitors doubled their lead on 50 minutes. A swift counter down the right saw the ball laid off to Preen who struck a first time shot into the corner with the aid of a slight deflection to make it 2-0.
Barry were deservedly two goals up at this point and were looking comfortable until on the hour mark Cascade got a lifeline. The Barry defence, attempting to play out from the back saw the ball stick to the surface from a back pass enabling the home side to get an attempt at goal which initially hit the post but was bundled over the line.
A 2-1 it was very much game on for the remaining 30 minute. Rees almost extended Barry’s lead attempting to chip the goalkeeper which was well saved and Preen had another effort well saved.
The hosts rallied in the final minutes but the Barry defence stood firm marshalled superbly by Holly Vowles who was a commanding presence for the visitors.
The match finished with a 2-1 with Barry now progressing into the Quarter-Finals for the League Cup with the draw to be announced.
Barry Town manager, Luke Williams commented, “I am really pleased with how the players reacted today especially with a difficult playing surface. Cascade is always a tough place to get a result and I was delighted the way we stuck to our game plan and the principles of how we want to play. We created lots of chances and if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper who was outstanding, we would have scored a few more. Defensively we were excellent and the challenge is to continue those standards for the rest of the season.”
Barry return to league action on 27th January where they will return to play Cascade in the away league fixture 2pm kick off at Pen-y-Bryn, CF82 7FX.
Updated 10:04 - 24 Jan 2019 by Barry Town Utd Ladies FC