Ladies eye cup final after league win

24th January

Swansea City Ladies climbed to second in the Welsh Premier Women's League as a 2-0 away win over Abergavenny on Sunday saw Ian Owen's side leapfrog their hosts in the standings.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Abergavenny on the opening day of the season the Swans were out for revenge, and they drew first blood with just two minutes on the clock as Shaunna Jenkins scored her first goal for the club since signing from Cyncoed last summer.

The Welsh international defender got to a corner from Sophie Hancocks to find the back of the net and give the Swans an ideal start.

The visitors nearly doubled their lead in the 22nd minute when fellow defender Ria Hughes went close from distance with a fine strike that was parried away to safety by the Abergavenny keeper.

The home side's task became even more difficult when Gabi Hughes was dismissed early in the second half and the Swans capitalised as Katy Hosford put the game to bed two minutes from time.

Next up for the Swans Ladies are eighth-placed Rhyl, with the Swans hosting the North Wales side in the Welsh Premier Women's League Cup semi-final this Sunday at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport.

Looking to lift the Cup for the second time, the Swans head into the tie full of confidence but knowing Rhyl will provide a tough test.

"We're all really looking forward to the game," said midfielder Emma Beynon.

"We put in a good performance against Abergavenny on Sunday so we're looking to carry that on and hopefully get to the final.

"Rhyl have massively improved over the last few years, so it will be a good game and we're not underestimating them."

Kick-off is at 2pm on Sunday and and entry is free for supporters to come down and back the Swans Ladies in their hunt for silverware.