WPWL – Swansea City 3 v Llandudno 1
Llandudno started full of pace, and desire to get an early advantage, and nearly had their reward after 5 minutes when lightning quick Rosie Hughes was put through by a deft touch Katie Bowe – only for the glorious opportunity to go inches over the bar, leaving the hundred or so spectators all gasping- and the few travelling Tudno’s pulling at their hair.
A well organised City took little time to heed the wake up call, and began to play some very impressive and expansive football, keeping the ball on the deck – playing in the same pass and move philosophy that the men’s team do.
Naturally, this created problems for the away side – and after 20 minutes a remarkable through ball caught the Tudno back four flat footed, and a one on one which ended up with ‘keeper shown a straight red- turning the game completely.
The natural passing game, coupled with the numerical advantage allowed a couple of quick goal either side of half time, with Swansea looking both comfortable & dominant.
As the match started fizzling out, almost from nowhere – Llandudno sneaked one back, 2-1 down, 15 to go- game on!
As Tudno threw numbers forward, coming close on several occasions – Swansea remained composed, and caught the away side on the break to put the match beyond any doubt just before injury time.
The result, ultimately, was probably a fair reflection – however, the home side could have put it to bed sooner, had they been a little sharper in front of goal- and the resilient Tudno
(The very impressive Stacey Tradewell constantly caused panic with the quickest of footwork) not buckling to the situation.)
Speaking post match – Swans winger Katy Hosford was ambitious for the season, expressing that they have the qualities in their ranks to really push this season- as long as they can convert the opportunities that arise for them.
Sunshine- drama- good football- what else are Sunday afternoons for?
If all matches are this good, the WPWL is onto a winner.
Picture Llandudno’s Katie Bowe unleashes an effort on goal – photo Gareth Evans