Report | Swansea City Ladies 7 Briton Ferry Llansawel Ladies 1

16th November 2020
Tija Richardson

Swansea City Ladies produced a magnificent seven as they thrashed Briton Ferry at Llandarcy to make it three wins out of three in the Welsh Premier Women's League this season.

The hosts took control in the first half and went into half-time with a two goal cushion courtesy of goals from Stacey John-Davis and Tija Richardson.

They built on those foundations to add a further five goals with John-Davis and Richardson ending the afternoon with hat-tricks.

Emma Beynon finished off a top performance as she found the back of the net from close range in the closing stages.

It was an ideal return to domestic action for the Swans and they could have led inside two minutes as John-Davis was presented with a golden chance after she spun away from a defender, but she couldn’t get her shot on target.

Soon after Chloe Chivers found Ria Hughes with a switch of play, but Briton Ferry keeper Courtney Young was able to parry the full back’s volley to safety.

But the early pressure soon paid off after some intricate passing in the middle of the park allowed Laura Davies to slip in John-Davis, who placed the ball into the far corner of the net.

The Swans doubled their lead just before the break after a series of ricochets presented Richardson with the chance to fire home.

Moments after the whistle was blown to start the second half, a delightful corner delivery from Katy Hosford was greeted with a powerful header from Richardson, which left Young with no chance to make it 3-0.

A sublime performance by Richardson was soon rewarded as she completed her treble. The defensive midfielder met another corner with an accurate header, with Chivers this time providing the assist.

Briton Ferry responded as Megan Kearle pulled one back after being played in behind the Swans defence by Sophie Topper.

But normal service was resumed with 70 minutes on the clock after Young tipped Hosford’s powerful shot onto the crossbar, with John-Davis pouncing to tap home the fifth Swansea goal of the afternoon.

John-Davis joined Richardson by bagging a hat-trick of her own; a simple short drilled pass across the face of goal from Hughes allowed John-Davis to slide in and turn the ball into the back of the net.

The finishing touch was applied by Beynon as she was at the back post to turn it home after Hosford was unable to get her head onto John-Davis’ dinked delivery into the box.

Swansea City: Gemma Border, Alicia Powe (captain) (Nieve Jenkins 67), Ellie Lake, Jess Williams, Ria Hughes, Tija Richardson (Jemma Parfitt 77), Chloe Chivers (Brooke Llewellyn 71), Emma Beynon, Katy Hosford, Laura Davies, Stacey John-Davis.

Subs not used: Pheobe Ware, Kate Searle.

Briton Ferry: Courtney Young, Anna Jane Doble (Ela Roberts 57), Anya Welch, Renee Leigh Day (captain), Nia Davies, Lucy Powell (Megan Kearle 59), Lowri Baker, Lani Hogben, Alexsie Clayton (Laura Braithwaite 73), Sophie Topper, Alice Broadley.

Subs not used: Rebecca Rees, Catrin Thomas.