ABERYSTWYTH Town Ladies sealed the South Wales Women’s League title with two games remaining, courtesy of a solid 4-1 home triumph against Cascade at Park Avenue, writes Steven Brookes.
Cambrian News reported “It was sweet success for the Seasiders who, despite finishing last season unbeaten in the league, narrowly missed out on promotion by a single point.
Aber will now be hoping to complete a league and cup double when they take on Aberystwyth University in the final of the Central Wales Women’s Cup Final at Park Avenue on Friday, 3 May (7.30pm).
“This has been a very successful season for us,” said Aberystwyth skipper Ffiona Evans. “Having achieved promotion back into the Welsh Premier League, we are now hoping to get the double by winning the Central Wales Cup on Friday.
“We unfortunately lost in the Final last year, so we want to regain the trophy this season. It won’t be easy though as any local derby is tough, and the University will be battling hard. It’s really exciting that both teams in the final are in Aberystwyth, so I’m hoping this will attract a decent crowd to come support local women’s football.”
Looking to secure the league title, the Seasiders had faced tricky opponents in Cascade, who had notched impressive victories over Aber’s promotion-rivals Barry Town, as well as League Cup finalists Caldicot.
Yet they made the breakthrough in the 20th minute when Naomi Evans netted her fourth goal in six games by smashing home, after a good pass from Cat Davies.
In the sixth minute of injury-time at the end the first half, the visitors were level, as Katie Davies’ superb free-kick found the top corner of the net.
Nine minutes into the second half, however, Aber were back ahead as a perfectly-timed through ball from Naomi Evans put Tania Wylde through, and the attacking midfielder slotted into the bottom corner, to take her scoring tally to 25 in 22 games.
Cascade pushed forward, but good defending, including a vital tackle from Josie Pugh, denied the visitors an equaliser. Then, with a couple of minutes of ‘normal’ time remaining, Caroline Cooper dribbled though the defence, and beat the Cascade keeper, after going one-on-one.
Deep into injury-time, Aber forward Cat Davies put the icing on the cake when sliding to poke home from close range, after good work by Ella Ramseyer-Bache.
Aberystwyth Town Ladies followed that up with an emphatic 9-0 home in over Rhos last Sunday, with the free-scoring Tania Wylde leading the way by netting six goals. Kelly Thomas, with a brace, and Grace Morris completed the scoring” here.