Preview | Swansea City Ladies v Abergavenny
After last weekend’s last-gasp victory at Abergavenny in the Welsh Premier Women's League Cup, Swansea City Ladies face the Monmouthshire side again this afternoon.
Attention turns to the league, though, as the Swans look to continue their 100 per cent record when they host Aber at Llandarcy (2pm).
It would be appropriate to call Llandarcy a ‘fortress’ for the Swans, seeing as the last time they conceded a goal there was back in November last year in a 5-1 victory over Port Talbot Town.
This is the first league match of the season that Swansea are coming into as league leaders. However, manager Ian Owen has said that this hasn’t phased the players.
“This hasn’t put more pressure on the team. The players know how early in the season it is so we will just take each game as it comes,” said Owen, who has a full squad available.
“We played some great football last week. Abergavenny are a tough side to break down and their goalkeeper (Charlotte Hastings) had a great game.
“We will need to be at the same level again this week if we want to come away with three points.”
Last week’s victory in the WPWL Cup over Sunday’s opposition saw striker Chloe Chivers bag the winner in injury time, which was her first goal for the club since she signed in the summer.
The 20-year-old also had to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
She said: “It felt amazing to score my first goal for the club on Sunday. It showed that all the hard work and hours of rehabilitation had paid off.
“For me personally, the emotion was high as I scored the winner, but the determination from the girls leading up to the goal was second to none.
“It shows as a team the mindset which we possess.”