A beautiful cold and sunny autumn afternoon at the Genquip Stadium, provided my favourite sort of weather to watch a good game of football yesterday in the WPWL clash between Port Talbot Ladies and table toppers Abergavenny Ladies.
The first half was as technical and organised as I’ve ever seen, both sides setup to neutralise the other, combined with physical battles and incredible individual displays, notably from PTT’s Chelsey Harris & Terri Beddows who took absolutely no prisoners in some bone crunching tackles, allowing PTT to break quickly.
The half ended at nil-nil, despite both sides having multiple chances- queue an upturn in tempo….
Abergavenny’ s Kate Jeremiah playing out on the right found another gear second half, she was actually unplayable, beating defenders with a series of classy first touches that allowed her to open up and expose what had been a tight back three/five – drawing players out, and giving goal machine Lyndsey Davies the half seconds she needed to create havoc and unsettle the back line.
It wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken, a delivery from Jeremiah met the head of a leaping Laura Davies- who’s bullet header was out of any reach. (See Photo).
Jeremiah and midfielder Thrupp kept the interlinking play going, and within the blink of an eye, they’d gone two up.
WPWL record goal scorer Lyndsey Davies put the match out of sight with a deft finish with only ten to go.
Full time score: PTT 0- Abergavenny 3
Understandably, PTT were gutted- their back line had held tight for so long, but, against this Abergavenny side, particularly when the turn it on line they did second half half, any team in the WPWL would struggle.
Speaking after the match, PTT defender Chelsey Harris commented that her side had a great deal of positives to take from the game.
I also got to chat with (the now legendary) Abergavenny striker Lyndsey Davies (first woman to score 100 WPWL goals last week) who thought the difference was their two wingers, Jeremiah & Lauren Boyd – which allowed the away side to peg back the home team, and add continued pressure.
I’d also like to mention photographer Gareth Evans wasn’t with me, due to food poisoning, and absolutely nothing to do with his sides celebrations following their first win of season on Saturday 😉
Once again, massive thanks to all involved in both clubs – you made my job very easy.
Elsewhere in the WPWL yesterday:-
Llandudno beat Rhyl 3-2 in the North Wales derby, with both Katie Bowe and YCPD favourite Stacey Tradewell getting amongst the goals.
Swansea City edged a 4-3 thriller at home to Cardiff City.
Briton Ferry Llansawel grabbed a draw at home to Cyncoed, with one of the goals coming from last weeks focus player, Lucy Powell.