Ceri Phillips | A big thank you to everyone who made this evening happen
Swansea City Ladies head coach Ceri Phillips thanked the Jack Army for helping set a record-breaking attendance as his side ran out 2-0 winners over Cardiff Met in their opening Genero Adran Premier game.
More than 1,400 fans attended the Swansea.com Stadium to support the Swans and they weren’t disappointed, with Katy Hosford firing the hosts ahead in the first half with a stunning strike before Stacey John-Davis made it two in the second half with an audacious chip over the Cardiff Met goalkeeper Amelia Forkings.
Phillips was delighted that his side could set down a marker at the start of the season and celebrated an incredible evening for everyone involved as the Ladies played at the Swansea.com Stadium for the first time in front of a record crowd for a Welsh domestic Ladies fixture.
“It’s a great way to start the season, a great occasion and a great performance to go with it,” said Phillips.
“The girls thoroughly enjoyed it, I think they did well to strike the balance of playing the game not the occasion but enjoying it and embracing it at the same time, so kudos to them.
“I went to say a big thank you to the club and everyone involved for making it happen, it’s been a great evening for all involved - spectators, players, staff, volunteers, so it’s a great way to start the season.
“The goals came from players who are match-winners on any given day, Katy Hosford’s goal to start off was brilliant in what was, I thought, a more difficult first half, It was pretty open and pretty even.
“But it was a touch of class from a player like Katy, who can do that on any given day, so it was brilliant for her to do that.
“Stacey had an excellent game, as did all the girls, but Stacey was a real threat all game playing up front in the number nine role, and she did it to perfection and it was some finish for her goal as well.
“It was a great effort from the collective with and without the ball, it was a brilliant evening and a great way to start the season.
“The girls and us as staff have tried our best all week to promote the game and get as many people through the gate as we can and help to inspire the next generation of footballers, male or female.
“It couldn’t have been a better time for a game like this with the way that women’s football has been going over the last few months and with Welsh football as well.
“You couldn’t get a tougher start against a side we battled for the title last season; it’s going to be a tough season and I think the quality of all the teams has improved so we’ve had to make sure we have done that ourselves.
“We set a bit of a marker down in terms of finding your feet for the first game, it’s a real good win to start off with and, once we’ve enjoyed it tonight and reflected on it, it’s back to the drawing board again for next Sunday.”