Ceri Phillips | We asked for a reaction and we got just that

24th September
Ceri Phillips vs Barry Town
Image courtesy of NJ-D photography

Swansea City Women head coach Ceri Phillips was delighted with the reaction from his side after watching them earn their first three points of the season with an 3-0 victory against Barry Town United Women.

Phillips’ side went ahead thanks to a first Swansea goal for Sammy Wynne, the midfielder slotting home after a great ball from Steph Turner.

Two own goals in the second half sealed the win for the Swans, with great balls from Chloe Chivers and Sophie Brisland-Hancocks causing chaos in the Barry box.

The result saw the Swans begin their home campaign with a win, following their opening-day draw at Wrexham, and sent them top of the Genero Adran Premier.

Phillips was delighted with the reaction from his side, after they collectively felt there was plenty to improve on from that draw on the opening weekend.

“We asked for a reaction this week and I think we got just that,” said Phillips.

“Barry set up to try and frustrate us and I think once we got past the first 10 or 15 minutes of feeling our way into the game, we controlled the game from then on.

“I’m really happy with the way we moved the ball, it was much better this week, we were asking for a more patient approach this week and I think we were good value for our 3-0 win.

“It’s small steps really, we work on things in training in the week and ask for it to come out and I think we did that today, it’s about building blocks now and adding onto today and building from there.”

Phillips was also pleased with the way the squad is developing and knitting together, with goalscorer Wynne among the new arrivals to make a positive impact.

“The summer helped us with gelling the players, it’s now just a case of how well we manage it across the season,” he added.

“We preach to the team about sticking together, players will be disappointed when they aren’t starting games, but we ask that they react and do the right things for the team.

“There are new players in the side now, people like Sammy [Wynne] who are keen to impress, we want midfielders who can get onto the ball and want to be brave and make things happen and I think she did just that today.

“It was a great run from Sammy and a great pass from Steph [Turner] to find her as well, so it’s good for Sammy and a great team effort as well.

“We got minutes into the players off the bench, and a debut for Libby Banner from the under-19s who has started the season really well and has been involved with us in training, so it was great to give her a first-team debut as well.”