Date: Sun 25 Nov 2012

Swansea Ladies and Port Talbot settle for a Point

Both Swansea City and Port Talbot settled for a point each, in the only Welsh Premiership fixture to survive the weekend weather at Evans Bevan playing field, with the Swans responding with a goal in each half, after the Gen Quip Stadium side had moved ahead on two occasions. (reports Robert Clement).

It was Swansea who posed a potent attacking threat after only four minutes, with Hannah Lewis linking with Jodie Passmore, for the Port Tennant born frontrunner to shoot wide of the target from fifteen yards.

Within three minutes of that threat Port Talbot gained a penalty, when following a swift break forward by Jessica Curran, it was Rebekah Gwyther who brought down the Carmarthen Trinity College student in the eighteen yard area; referee Steven Williams immediately pointed to the spot, and after Curran had composed herself, she fired in the roof of the net.

There was soon a positive threat engineered by Swansea, with Courtney Harries finding the support of Hannah Lewis, and it was her fiercely struck shot which was superbly dealt with by Bethan Ellis, with the goalkeeper finger-tipping the ball over the top. Sarah Adams then delivered the resulting corner into the congested goalmouth, only for Port Talbot captain Rachael Ball to relieve pressure with a timely headed clearance.

Additional intensity was applied by the Swans, and they were on level terms after nineteen minutes with the lively Passmore linking with Kirsty O’Donnell, for the Crynant born teenager to intelligently fire just beyond the reach of Ellis.
Midway into the half alarm bells were once again ringing in the Swansea defence, when a clearance from goalkeeper Verity Owens intended for Ria Hughes was intercepted by Sian Scannell, and the South African product went close to regaining the lead for the visitors.

Within three minutes of that opportunity there was another chance for Port Talbot to re-establish themselves, and when Ball embarked on a swift route forward, she had good vision to release the supporting Lucy Edwards, and the former Cardiff City player confidently despatched the ball into the Swansea net.

With the Swans trailing for a second time, it was Hannah Lewis who saw her goal bound attempt rebound off the crossbar, and then her instant second effort fly narrowly past the upright.

With the opening forty five minutes heading into added on time, it was O’Donnell who was close to registering her second goal, only for her rising shot to smash onto the bar.

The action immediately switched to the opposite end when Edwards found Scannell with a perfectly weighted pass, but it was Owens who reacted well, blocking the powerful shot driven from just inside the penalty area.

It was Swansea who conjured up the first threat of the second half, only for a Sarah Adams cross to be cleared by Stephanie Cook, but Chloe O’Connor quickly seized upon the opportunity to bring Swansea back into the game, only for Ellis to react well, smothering the low shot from eight yards.

Additional pressure yielded a dividend for Swansea just before the hour with the fleet-footed Adams picking out substitute Lindsay Morgan, and she drilled home an angled shot from close range.

There was soon a fresh sense of ability from Port Talbot, and when Ball weaved a way into Swansea territory, she threaded a pass into the feet of Edwards who raced forward at speed, but with only Owens obstructing her visions of goal she hurriedly fired wide of the target.

Swansea gradually began to apply a period of skilful possession in Port Talbot territory during the final quarter of the game, and on two occasions it was the alert and agile Ellis, who prevented Morgan from edging Swansea ahead for the first time after seventy nine minutes.

There was a last gasp chance for Swansea to claim the three points with only two minutes remaining, with Adams despatching a low angled drive across the face of the Port Talbot goalmouth, but regrettably there was no supporting colleague available to apply the all-important finish.

Swansea City: Verity Owens, Rebekah Gwyther, Jemma Parfitt, Emma Jeffreys (capt), Courtney Harries, Sarah Adams, Chloe O’Connor, Ria Hughes, Kirsty O’Donnell (Lindsay Morgan 46th min), Jodie Passmore, Hannah Lewis.

Unused substitutes: Amy-Marie Evans, Chloe Lewis, Sara Llewellyn.

Port Talbot: Bethan Ellis, Stephanie Cook, Jessica Wadey, Coryn Sexton, Jessica Curran, Gaby Pughsley (Lauren Williams 84th min), Sian Scannell (Alex Thomas 76th min), Rachael Ball (capt), Gemma Evans, Lucy Edwards, Nadine Powell.

Referee: Steven Williams (Abergavenny).

Score summary:
Swansea City: KIrsty O’Donnell 19th min, Lindsay Morgan 59th min.
Port Talbot: Jessica Curran 7th min (pen), Lucy Edwards 25th min.

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