Well the past two weeks have certainly not been what we were expecting. By now we should have played two FAW Women’s Cup semi finals and the first final of the season, we could also have been close to crowning the Orchard WPWL Champions. Instead we are in unprecedented times and football is on hold, while we come together by staying apart to keep everyone safe and on behalf of everyone at the WPWL we hope that you are well and stay that way. For anyone struggling with mental health please seek help and advice from FAW partner Hafal and of course if you feel physically unwell please contact the NHS .
Before the postponement we did have some games, starting with a full weekend of fixtures on 1st March. The notable match of the day was Cardiff City Women v Swansea; the Bluebirds needed a win to peg back the Swans, no small task with the league leaders not just unbeaten but having won every game so far this season. In a close fought contest, with chances at both ends, it was a surprising 0-0 - you can catch up on the highlights can be found here.
Aberystwyth once again set out to prove that league position isn’t everything, following their outing against Swansea where they were the first club to go in front against the league leaders, their next task was to face last season’s winners Cardiff Met. The game ended 1-0 to Met, with a 55th minute goal from Erin Murray, increasing the gap between Met and Cardiff City Women at the top of the table.
Port Talbot v Abergavenny was where the goals started to go in on the day, all for Port Talbot and from across the pitch, with a goal apiece for Courtney Thomas (17’), Jessie Taylor (38’), Bethan McGowen (54’) and Laura-May Walkley (64’). The final match of the weekend was between 5th and 6th placed Cyncoed and Briton Ferry Llansawel; it was the visitors that took the lead halfway through the second half with a goal from Renee Day (62’), but Cyncoed bounced back equalising 15 minutes later and grabbing the winner five minutes after that (Athina Varnarva 77’, 82’).
Matchday 15 saw Abergavenny v Swansea and Aberystwyth Town v Port Talbot, with all chasing valuable three points. In Aberystwyth it was the hosts who went ahead through Tania Wylde (35’) and again they looked to be on course to pick up some points, however Thomas was once again on the team sheet (70’) and in a repeat of the Cyncoed game in January, it was last minute heartbreak for Aber as Lauren Amor grabbed a winner (90+5’). Swansea were keen to return to winning ways and Stacey John-Davies was the first to step up putting away her 7th league goal of the season after 20 minutes, Tija Richardson adding a second to secure the points with just minutes on the clock (82’).