Both teams went into the pre-season fixture missing several players which gave an opportunity for both teams to look at some younger players stepping into senior football this season.
Barry in particularly, fielded no less than 7 players aged 16 during the fixture that have come through club's junior pathway giving a glimpse of the future of the senior setup.
In addition to youth, Barry also fielded some of the new signings for this season with Georgia Roberts-Powell, Cherie Bessant and Ffion James starting the fixture as well as Ffion Spence, Emilie Dimmick making their senior debuts .
Barry started the match on the front foot in a new look system looking particularly dangerous in wide areas and playing at a high tempo pressing aggressively without the ball.
Sian Rees tried an effort from distance which went just over and the visitors had their first effort from the edge of the area with goalkeeper Erin Brennan making a smart save low down.
The hosts were dominating in the midfield area with Ffion Spence and Ellen Phillips dictating play and it wasn’t long before Barry took the lead. Rees whipped in a corner which defender Emma Thompson met with a powerful header into the net. The lead remained 1-0 up to the half time whistle with Barry taking a deserved lead.
The second half saw Charlotte Preen and Caitlin Meadows take to the pitch and it was Preen who made an instant impact. Barry’s pressing from the front saw them regain possession before drawing a foul and up stepped Preen to hit a thunderous 25 yards free kick over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 early into the second half.
To their credit, Briton Ferry improved after the break and midway through the second half a quick fire double saw them pull the game back to 2-2. First a fine piece of skill down the left saw Lowri Baker tap in from close range and a swift counter attack was well finished by Becca Rees.
Barry recovered from the setback, still looking a threat in wide areas with James and Townsend working tirelessly and as the game looked to be heading for a draw the hosts were once again rewarded for pressing high up the pitch. Rees robbed the Ferry defender of the ball and calmly rounded goalkeeper Courtney Young before slotting home from close range to make it 3-2 with ten minutes to go.
The score remained 3-2 up to the final whistle giving Barry a morale boosting win but more importantly, an excellent run out for both squads ahead of the new season.
After the game, Barry manager Luke Williams commented “Naturally we are pleased with the result today but more importantly the level of performance was at a high standard and to see that from such a young side today is extremely encouraging. Both teams were missing players today but for us it was a great opportunity to look at new players, a new system and get match fitness in the legs. We saw a glimpse of the future stars of Barry Town Ladies and I thought the whole squad acquitted themselves tremendously well.”
Best wishes to Briton Ferry for the season ahead and Barry now return to the training field in preparation for their next pre-season friendly.