Chris Church | Young players responded well to physical test

3rd April
Church vs Barry

Swansea City Women’s interim head coach Chris Church was proud of how  a youthful squad performed in securing  a point at home against Aberystwyth Town.

Amy Jenkins put Aberystwyth ahead in the eighth minute, seizing on a loose ball to open the scoring.

But the Swans quickly responded as Monet Legall fired home her third goal of the season from the edge of the box to level.

The Swans had chances to take all three points but were held to a fifth-straight home draw against Aber.

However, Church was glad to have the opportunity to give a number of young players an opportunity to play, with six players making the jump from the under-19s’ side into the first-team matchday squad.

“It took us a while to get used to it, but the players showed their resilience as usual, tried to play the right way and I can’t fault the performance and it’s still a point,” said Church.

“It was all change for us tonight, we had a lot of youth players in the team and some players who haven’t had as many minutes.

“We have to see the young players in these sorts of scenarios, we have to see how they react to this environment, because they could very well be the future of this team.

“It was a very difficult game, it was very physical, but we reacted well, the players backed themselves in that physical battle and when we had the ball they looked to play.

“The players really ran for us and youth will give you that, they gave us that tonight and I commend them for it.

“It’s always a tough test against Aberystwyth, obviously this was no different, they look to frustrate you and wait for the mistakes, so it was all about us using the ball wisely.”