Our ladies continued their pre-season preparations on Thursday evening with an away trip to face South Wales Women's League outfit, Aberdare Town.
Barry fielded a mixed team consisting of mainly development players with a few first team regulars and went into the fixture looking to get minutes under their belts with the new season kicking off in just over 3 weeks’ time.
The visitors started the game on the front foot carving open several great opportunities in the opening 15 minutes only to be denied by some excellent goalkeeping and wasteful finishing plus a goal ruled out for offside.
However the deadlock was finally broken on 17 minutes when a great passage of play saw new signing Shannon Evans net from close range to make it 1-0. Barry were dominating the ball for the majority of the game, but the hosts to their credit never stopped working hard, looking to hit Barry on the counter.
New development signing Pippa Smith put in a fine performance with the back three of Caitlin Meadows, Emma Cordy and Alex Thomas rarely troubled during the 90 minutes as well as looking comfortable in possession. A number of Barry’s younger players got additional senior football experience with Emilie Dimmick, Ffion James, Phoebe Curtis and Meadows all showing encouraging signs for the future.
Once the deadlock was broken, the goals started to flow on a consistent basis. Evans netted a second finishing off a fine move with a header from a Taylor Page cross from the left and it was to be a goal fest for the former Welsh Premier League striker netting 5 times before the match concluded.
Curtis, playing her first senior game for the club having come through the junior section also netted her first two goals in Ladies football, the first a fine strike from just inside the area and a tap in from close range to give her a morale boosting start.
With 20 minutes to go a downpour erupted over Aberaman Park but that didn’t affect the visitors who notched up another goal from a corner which deflected off a Aberdare shoulder and into the net.
A comfortable night for Barry but more importantly some valuable pre-season minutes for the 15 players involved in the game.
After the game, Manager for the evening James Kurz commented “I was really pleased with every players application despite the game being comfortable. Given it was a mix of players from both first and development teams it was great to see how well the group gelled and at times we played some excellent football. More importantly it’s more match preparation ahead of the new season.”
Brennan ©, Dimmick, Meadows, Cordy, Thomas, Page, Allen, Smith, Howell, Curtis, Evans
Townsend, James, Williams, Edson