Briton Ferry made it seven wins from seven in the Genero Adran South with a 5-1 win over Swansea Uni at Old Road. The visitors made it hard for the Reds in the first half but four goals early in the second secured victory for the league leaders.
The Reds began the game with a high tempo and pushed looking for the first goal. They had chances from Alison Witts and Lucy Powell early on but couldn’t make them count. Jess Denscombe hit the post and Walkley saw her effort saved. It took until added time for the Reds to take the lead when Alison Witts hit her 21st goal of the season.
Ferry made achage to their shape at the break and the visitors look to take advantage as the team settled. Five minutes into the half and Laura-May Walkley doubled the hosts advantage with a fine goal. In the 55th minute Alison Witts got her second of the game to make it three nil. On the hour mark Witts turned provider when she found Alice Broadley at the far post to get the Reds fourth. Fleur Jenkins added a fifth in the 66th minutes. Late on and Katie Horsburgh got a goal for Swansea.
The Reds stay top of the Adran South table with a two point lead over Cascade and two games in hand.
Anya Welch won the Reds an early free kick close to the Swans box. Lucy Powell’s kick hit the wall, but she was able to win the loose ball but fired a shot over.
Jess Denscombe sent a fine cross in from the right and found the head of Alison Witts who sent a header towards goal, but the keeper was able to save.
Fleur Jenkins drove across the field and found the forward run of Alice Broadley. Broadley tried to loop the ball over the keeper, but her effort went just over.
Jess Denscombe went the closest when her shot from the edge of the box crashed off the post with the keeper beaten. Swans were quickest to the ball and were able to clear.
Laura-May Walkley forced the keeper into a decent save with her shot towards the top corner that the keeper got a strong hand to turn around the post.
In added time Ferry finally made the breakthrough. A powerful run into the box from Walkley caused gaps in the Swans defence and allowed Alison Witts to blast a shot in from close range.
Half Time: Briton Ferry Llansawel 1-0 Swansea Uni
Manager Rhys James made a change at half time bringing on Lowri Baker and switching from a back five to a four. It Was Baker who played the ball to Walkley on the halfway line. Walkley made a run into the box with the Swans defence behind her and she fired past the keeper.
Soon after and Anya Welch played one the passes of the season into Alison Witts. Witts sold the defender as she dragged the ball back and then drove a shot in top the top corner.
Swansea were not going to go give up and Elizabeth Ferrar headed just over. But the Reds punished Swans shortly after when Witts sent the ball into the far post from the right and found Alice Broadley who scored from close range.
Baker sent the ball into the box and if fell to Fleur Jenkins who hit a shot that the keeper sent onto the bar. The ball came back down and went in off the keeper.
Katie Horsburgh turned in from close range to pull a goal back for the visitors.
Full Time: Briton Ferry 5-1 Swansea Uni
Briton Ferry: Courtney Young (G), Laura-May Walkley, Alice Broadley (Chelsea Deacon 63), Fleur Jenkins, Brooke Llewellyn, Lowri Ridings © (Ella Smitham 79), Lucy Powell (Lowri Baker 46), Alison Witts (Megan Kearle 79), Anya Welch, Jess Denscombe (Ela Roberts 63), Lexi Clayton.
Goals: Alison Witts 45+1, 55, Laura-May Walkley 50, Alice Broadley 60’ Fleur Jenkins 66
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