Report | Swansea City Ladies 5 Aberystwyth Town 0
Stacey John-Davis scored four goals as Swansea City Ladies resumed their Welsh Premier Women’s League title defence with a five-star win over Aberystwyth at Llandarcy.
The match took a while to generate any clear cut chances to come but the deadlock was broken by a composed finished from Chloe Chivers.
Colin Staples’ side took firm control in the second half with a quartet of goals from John-Davis, ensuring the champions added another three points to their tally.
The victory ensures Swansea maintain their one hundred percent record this campaign.
The Swans had their noses in front in the early stages after Katy Hosford split the Aberystwyth defence open with an accurate through ball to put Chivers in on goal, and she finished calmly.
John-Davis had a golden chance to double the lead from close-range, but Ffion Ashman reacted quickly to parry her effort away to safety.
Hosford tried to get a goal of her own as she tested Ashman with a curling effort from outside of the area, but the keeper was equal to the winger’s effort.
However, John-Davis doubled Swansea’s lead early in the second half after Chivers kept the ball in play and found the striker in the middle, who then fired it into the top corner from six yards out.
Chivers, in search for her brace, struck a volley from the edge of the penalty area, however, she was unable to get her shot on target.
Swansea, who were firmly in control in the second half, produced a dangerous counter- attack which presented Kelly Adams with a half chance to head home, but she couldn’t turn the cross from Ellie Lake into the back of the net.
Chivers looked a significant threat throughout the whole match and very nearly added her second of the afternoon; she found herself on the end of Hosford’s drilled cross, however, she was denied by a fine reaction save from Ashman.
Straight after, Chivers let a ferocious strike off on the edge of the area, but the woodwork came to Aberystwyth’s rescue.
The three points were safely sealed with just short of 10 minutes remaining after a solo run from Ria Hughes allowed her to roll a ball across the face of goal, which was firmly met by John-Davis to bag her second goal.
The striker then secured her hat-trick as she remained calm in the closing stages to caress the ball past Ashman in a one-on-one situation.
A five-star showing was rounded off with a fifth goal for the Swans and a fourth for John-Davis, with Lake feeding the striker into the heart of the box for her to nestle the ball into the far bottom corner.
Jess Williams came agonisingly close to adding to the Swans’ comprehensive lead, but her header was denied by the crossbar.
Swansea City: Claire Skinner, Ellie Lake, Alicia Powe (captain), Shaunna Jenkins, Ria Hughes, Tija Richardson, Chloe Chivers, Laura Davies (Jess Williams 66), Nieve Jenkins (Kelly Adams 49), Katy Hosford, Stacey John-Davis.
Subs not used: Gemma Border, Kate Searle, Brooke Llewellyn.
Aberystwyth Town: Ffion Ashman, Pheobe West, Bethan Roberts, Caroline Cooper (captain), Emily Thomas (Libby Isaac 45), Caryl Evans (Kelly Thomas 66, Flavia Jenkins, Josie Pugh, Hannah Pusey, Niamh Duggan (Tania Wylde 80’), Eloise Jenkins.
Subs not used: Lucy Walker, Catrin Evans.