SWANSEA CITY LADIES 3-1 THE NEW SAINTS LADIES
PLAYED AT LLANDARCY ACADEMY OF SPORT, LLANDARCY
SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2019
MATCH REPORT BY DAVID FIGG
The New Saints Ladies’ penultimate pre-season friendly saw them slip to a 1-3 away defeat by Swansea City Ladies at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport last Sunday afternoon (4th August).
Saints had gone into the game on the back of a 1-4 home defeat by Everton Ladies Under 20s earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, Swansea went into the game on the back of an away win over Penybont Ladies in their most recent friendly the previous Sunday.
Although the first half ended with the scoresheet still blank, there was plenty of good football played by both sides.
Saints made 5 half time changes with Mia Evans replacing Taylor Davis, Erin Taylor replacing Laura Brown, Yasmin Evans replacing Caitlyn Smith, Kim Bebbington replacing Courtney Ashworth and Sarah Parkes replacing Beth Cleveley in goal.
Swansea took the lead right at the end of the 50th minute when a lame toe-poke by Taylor back towards Parkes found Swansea’s Emma Beynon, who took a touch to control before firing her right foot shot from 12 yards into Parkes’ right hand corner.
Saints equalised in the 69th minute when Yasmin Evans won the ball on the right before squaring to her left to Phoebe Davies, who took a touch before passing to her left to Bebbington who took a touch before firing her right foot shot from 25 yards over Swansea keeper Gemma Border into her top right hand corner for a stunning strike.
Saints made a double change right at the end of the 74th minute when Lauren Brown came back on to replace Charley Smith and Taylor Davis came back on to replace Helen Evans.
Swansea went 2-1 up in the 79th minute when Ellie Lake’s long ball over the top from the right of middle into the box found Stacey John-Davis, who took a touch before seeing her right foot lob from 18 yards take a ricochet off Parkes’ left hand post and off a Saints defender into the keeper’s left hand corner. However, the ball had already crossed the line before it hit the defender so was John-Davis’ goal.
Swansea made a change in the 81st minute with Phoebe Ware coming on for John-Davis.
It was 3-1 just into the 82nd minute when Beynon fired a great right foot free kick from 25 yards into Parkes’ right hand corner for her second goal of the afternoon.
Swansea made a change in the 83rd minute when Lauren Jones came on to replace Lake before the hosts made the final change of the afternoon in the 85th minute when Kate Searle came on for Sarah Adams.
The final blast of referee Philip Harris’ whistle after 1 minute 50 seconds of added time at the end brought the game to a close and confirm Saints’ defeat by their more illustrious hosts.
However, Saints had put in a battling performance.
Saints: Beth Cleveley, Phoebe Davies, Helen Evans, Lauren Brown, Taylor Davis, Katie Doster, Caitlyn Smith, Courtney Ashworth, Charley Smith, Laura Pennington, Lia Lewis. Subs: Mia Evans (for Davis 46), Kim Bebbington (for Ashworth 46), Sarah Parkes (GK) (for Cleveley 46), Erin Taylor (for Brown 46), Yasmin Evans (for Caitlyn Smith 46), Caitlyn Smith (for Doster 61), Lauren Brown (for Charley Smith 74), Taylor Davis (for Helen Evans 74).
Lead image courtesy of Swansea City Ladies @SwansLadies