Report | Swansea City Ladies 5 The New Saints Women 2

1st February 2023
Ellie Lake vs TNS

Swansea City Ladies climbed back into second place in the Genero Adran Premier table with a five-star show against The New Saints Women in Llandarcy.

Five different scorers provided the Swansea goals, with Katy Hosford, Ellie Lake and Nieve Jenkins all finding the net in the first half.

A Emily Ridge double for the visitors wasn’t enough to stop the Swans, with Stacey John-Davis and Monet Legall also netting for the Swans.

The visitors had started the game strongly, Beth Lewis testing Chelsea Herbert in the Swansea goal early, but her shot from the edge of the box was well held by the keeper.

But it would be the Swans who would break the deadlock, Hosford skipping past a TNS defender to open up space before arrowing a shot into the bottom right corner.

Jess Williams almost made it 2-0 10 minutes later, her headed effort from a Hosford corner being held by the goalkeeper.

But just a minute later the Swans would have their second, Lake hitting a stunning shot from the right flank into the top left corner, giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.

TNS would pull one back eight minutes later, however, Lewis’ long ball forward sending Ridge through to hit a great strike past the Swans keeper.

The Swans responses to search for their third of the evening as they continued to look dangerous from corners.

Jenkins would make this threat pay, powering home Hosford’s delivery to make it 3-1 right before the break.

TNS came out the gates strong once again to start the second half; Helen Evans hitting the post with a stunning free-kick from distance.

But the Swans grew back into the contest, Meg Saunders and John-Davis both coming close to finding the fourth.

Nia Rees thought she had the Swans fourth, tapping home at the back post after a great run from Saunders, but she was adjudged to be offside.

However, a fourth Swansea goal would arrive 15 minutes from time as Hosford’s free-kick fell to John-Davis in the box, allowing the striker to tap home.

Six minutes later the Swans would have a fifth, Hosford’s great run forward leading to a shot that cannoned off the bar for Legall to tap home the rebound.

The visitors pulled a goal back as Lewis and Ridge combined again for the latter to finish and complete her brace on the night.

But it was far too little, too late as the Swans eased to victory.

Swansea City Ladies: Chelsea Herbert, Sarah Adams (Lucy Finch 70), Ellie Lake, Nieve Jenkins, Katy Hosford (captain), Stacey John-Davis, Gwen Horgan, Megan Saunders (Chloe Chivers 77), Nia Rees (Monet Legall 77), Jess Williams, Rachel Cullen.

The New Saints Women: Sarah Parkes, Beth Lewis (captain), Danielle Staley, Chantelle Teare (Tia Lockley 86), Lucie Platt (Nicole Samson 90), Caitlin Chapman, Helen Evans, Georgie Gresham (Evie Williams 86), Isobel Redding, Lia Lewis, Emily Ridge.

Unused subs: Libby Rubin, Olivia Rathe.