Report | Port Talbot Town Ladies 0 Swansea City Ladies 0
Swansea City Ladies dropped points for the first time this season as they were held to goalless draw at Victoria Road against Port Talbot.
The defending Welsh Premier Women’s League champions were reduced to 10 players at the end of the first half after Emma Beynon was given her marching orders.
The visitors had enjoyed the best of the chances in the first half and were fully in command of possession.
And, despite the numerical disadvantage, the second half was entirely made up of Swansea piling pressure onto the opposition defence, but they couldn’t find what would have been the all-important winner.
Chloe Chivers put a powerful shot over with a little more than 10 minutes gone after she was played through on goal by Ria Hughes; pressure from Chelsey Harris put the striker off.
The Swans were looking dangerous and Chivers dinked a cute pass to Laura Davies but the midfielder was deemed offside by the officials.
Chivers was presented with a golden opportunity in the closing stages of the first half after a pinpoint pass from Ellie Lake presented her with a one-on-one situation, but her effort was hit straight at Vicky Beddows in the Port Talbot net.
Hosford then tried her luck from the edge of the box but it was comfortably gathered by Beddows and Swansea were soon reduced to 10 in first-half stoppage time after Beynon was shown a second yellow card.
Despite being a player light, the Swans still looked the more threatening and Davies teed up Tija Richardson for a first time shot on the edge of the box but she couldn’t keep her effort down.
Hosford had a chance to break the deadlock after Chivers picked her out to release her in behind the Port Talbot defence, but Beddows held her ground to come to the home side’s rescue.
With the clock ticking away Davies attempted to divert Chivers’ free kick into the back of the net with a header but it was a simple catch for Beddows.
Port Talbot were constantly under pressure in the closing stages with Swansea desperately in the hunt to find the winner.
In the last chance of the game Hosford tested the goalkeeper from a set piece which was safely collected by the goalkeeper as it ended goalless, but with the Swans maintaining their unbeaten record and holding a three-point lead at the top.
Swansea City: Claire Skinner, Alicia Powe (captain), Shaunna Jenkins, Ellie Lake, Ria Hughes, Emma Beynon, Kelly Adams, Chloe Chivers (Chloe Tiley 86), Katy Hosford, Laura Davies, Tija Richardson.
Subs not used: Gemma Border, Nieve Jenkins, Kate Searle, Jess Williams.
Port Talbot Town: Vicky Beddows, Laura-May Walkley, Terri Beddows, Chelsey Harris (captain), Rachael Ball, Jess Hammett, Lauren Amor (Jodie Passmore 30), Jess Denscombe (Coryn Sexton 46), Nia Probert, Courteney Thomas, Maisie Miller.
Subs not used: Jesci Hare, Jessica Curran.