Preview | Swansea City Women vs Barry Town United Women
Swansea City Women play their first home fixture of the 2023-24 season when they welcome Barry Town United Women to Llandarcy Academy of Sport (2pm kick-off).
The Swans go into the game searching for their first win of the season, having showed tremendous resilience to draw away at Wrexham, having twice trailed and had a player sent off.
Barry currently sit bottom of the table after the opening round of games, having began their campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Aberystwyth Town.
The Swans will be without last season's Genero Adran Premier top scorer Stacey John-Davis following an injury sustained at Wrexham.
Ceri Phillips’ side will also be without Ellie Lake who serves the first of her three-game suspension following a red card towards the end of the game in north Wales.
Head coach Ceri Phillips: “We want to get off to a good start regardless of whether we are home or away, but at home there are a few more controllables, and we want to take full advantage of playing at home.
“Last week’s game had a lot riding on it, preparations and the occasion may have played its part but as a group we all know we were not the best version of ourselves.
“We have had to put a lot right in training and analysis this week, in readiness to react on Sunday.
“Barry certainly won’t make it easy for us, however they approach the game. But we are confident, as long as we do the right things and keep the ball a great deal better.”
Previous meeting – November 27 2022
The two sides last met at Barry’s Jenner Park last season, with the Swans earning a dominant 6-0 win over their hosts.
Barry missed an opportunity to take the lead when they failed to convert from the penalty spot in the first half, and a goal just before half-time by Stacey John-Davis put the Swans ahead after a dominant opening period.
Nia Rees netted just after the restart and the Swans were ruthless after that. Nieve Jenkins got her fourth league goal of the season with a powerful header from Katy Hosford’s corner to make it three.
Monet Legall and John-Davis then netted late on before Shaunna Jenkins rocketed a 40-yard free kick in off the crossbar to complete the scoring.