Report | The New Saints Women 2 Swansea City Ladies 1

2nd April
Swans Ladies huddle

Swansea City Ladies 15-game unbeaten run was brought to an end with defeat away at The New Saints Women in the Genero Adran Premier.

TNS fired themselves ahead in the first half, Beth Lewis converting from the spot after a handball in the box.

Katy Hosford would bring the Swans level just before the break, firing a 30-yard free kick past the TNS goalkeeper.

But the hosts would regain their lead through Emily Ridge, handing the Swans only their second league defeat of the season.

The Swans had started brightly, with Hosford finding Meg Saunders in the box, but the forward’s effort failed to really test the goalkeeper.

But TNS would soon find themselves in the ascendency, Danielle Staley heading wide from a corner before Ridge hit the side netting.

Stacey John-Davis managed to work space for herself on the edge of the box, but pulled her effort over the bar as Swansea looked to find the breakthrough.

But a handball in the box would give TNS a penalty, with Lewis stepping up to the spot and converting to put the hosts ahead.

The Swans searched for an equaliser before half time, with John-Davis having a shot pushed behind and Nieve Jenkins heading the resulting corner just wide.

And Hosford would draw her side level just before the break; a stunning free-kick beating the keeper to leave the contest all square at half-time.

TNS came out the blocks strongly after the break, finding Ridge in the box who forced a good save from Klaudia Wojtyczka.

Both sides would then go close from distance, Hosford firing over before Georgie Gresham sent an effort wide for the hosts.

John-Davis looked to have a golden opportunity to put the Swans ahead after a great ball from Chloe Chivers sent the forward through, but the onrushing goalkeeper would stop her in her tracks.

Instead it would be the host who would break the stalemate, with the Swans failing to clear their lines before Ridge tapped home to make it 2-1 to TNS.

Chivers came close to finding a second equaliser for the Swans, her powerful free-kick from distance striking the crossbar.

But the visitors could not find a way to level matters as they suffered a first league defeat since September.

The New Saints Women: Sarah Parkes, Beth Lewis (captain), Chantelle Teare, Lucie Platt, Caitlin Chapman (Danielle Staley 13), Helen Evans (Nicole Samson 90), Georgie Gresham, Isobel Redding, Lia Lewis, Emily Ridge, Evie Williams.

Unused subs: Tia Lockley, Courtney Ashworth, Olivia Rathe.

Swansea City Ladies: Klaudia Wojtyczka, Shaunna Jenkins, Emma Beynon, Kelly Adams, Nieve Jenkins, Katy Hosford (captain), Stacey John-Davis, Chloe Tiley (Gwen Horgan 55), Meg Saunders (Chloe Chivers 55), Jess Williams (Nia Rees 83), Rachel Cullen (Monet Legall 83).

Unused subs: Chelsea Herbert.