Report | Briton Ferry 0 Swansea City Ladies 4
Swansea City Ladies picked up yet another three points in the Welsh Premier Women’s League after they defeated local rivals Briton Ferry 4-0.
The first half was somewhat frustrating for the visitors, who were outplaying Briton Ferry at times, but goalkeeper Courtney Young kept the Swansea attackers at bay.
However, in the second half the league leaders were ruthless in attack via goals from Katy Hosford, who was acting as captain in the absence of Alicia Powe, Chloe Chivers and a brace from Stacey John-Davis.
The victory expands the gap between themselves and Cardiff City to six points after the Bluebirds lost 3-0 to Cardiff Met.
Swansea had the best of the early exchanges and pinned their opposition back while enjoying the majority of possession.
Ian Owen’s side started with intent and created their first clear-cut chance with 12 minutes on the clock, which saw Hosford get on the end of a low cross from Ellie Lake to force a double save from Young.
Young was brought into action once again soon minutes after but was well positioned at her near post to deny John-Davis’ close-range volley.
All of the pressure that the Swans applied in the first half looked to have paid off when Hosford was fouled in the box, however, the winger couldn’t find the target from the spot.
Swansea began the second half in a similar fashion to the first by applying a high amount of pressure on the Briton Ferry backline and it was rewarded.
Sarah Adams’ cross forced the keeper to parry it away and Hosford was loitering at the back post ready to pounce on the loose ball for an easy tap in.
Soon after the lead was doubled when John-Davis found the back of the net from point-blank range as she capitalised following a melee in the penalty area.
The three points were sealed for the league leaders with 25 minutes left when John-Davis nodded Hosford’s in-swinging corner home at the near post.
Substitute Chivers cemented the lead when she kept her nerve to calmly pass the ball into the net in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.
Next up for Swansea they travel to mid Wales to face Aberystwyth Town on Sunday, February 2 (2pm).
Briton Ferry Llansawel: Courtney Young, Becca Rees, Beth Kennedy, Emily Richards, Renee Day, Lowri Ridings (capt), Nia Davies (Caitlin Owen, 63), Lucy Powell, Ela Roberts, Lowri Baker, Sophie Topper.
Subs not used: Georgia Howells, Megan Kearle, Katelyn Kneath.
Swansea City Ladies: Deanna Lewis, Ellie Lake (Chloe Chivers, 46), Tija Richardson, Shaunna Jenkins, Ria Hughes, Nieve Jenkins (Kate Searle, 78), Sarah Adams, Kelly Adams, Lauren Smith (Cerys Bevan, 66), Katy Hosford (capt), Stacey John-Davis.
Subs not used: Gemma Border, Lani Hogben.