Date: Mon 11 Sep 2017

Orchard WPWL MD 2 Round-Up

The second weekend of the new season saw Swansea and Cardiff Met both in League action for the first time.

Swansea City 4-0 Caldicot Town

And it was a winning start for the current champions as they put four past Caldicot at Llandarcy. The story could have been very different though: the visitors held their own and were level at half-time having defended well. However Stacey John-Davies' opener paved the way for 4 goals in 20 minutes which decisively swung the game the way of the hosts. Jodie Passmore added a second just before the hour, and Emma Benyon struck on 65' to effectively seal the win. Katy Hosford rounded off the scoring on 73' and the Swans have a winning start to 2017/18.

Port Talbot Town 2-3 Cardiff Met

Cardiff Met also got their season off to a winning start, but only thanks to surviving a late scare away at Port Talbot in order to do so. Rebecca Mathias opened the scoring for the Archers in the 11th minute, before Naomi Clipson doubled the lead on 28'. Clipson's second on 71' looked to have put the game to bed, but Courtney Thomas pulled one back for the hosts on 73', before Carys Davies ensured a tense finish by netting ten minutes later. It wasn't enough however, and Met held on to open their campaign with a win.

Llandudno 0-3 Cardiff City

Met's cross-capital rivals made it two wins from two with a 3-0 victory in north Wales. The teams looked to be heading into the break scoreless before Danielle Broadhurst opened the scoring on 44'. Shannon Evans struck twice in three minutes shortly after the restart to settle the game in City's favour.

Caernarfon Town 1-3 Cyncoed

Cyncoed Ladies meanwhile completed a hat-trick of wins for the Cardiff sides with a win away at Caernarfon. They had to come from behind though as Catrin Thomas opened the scoring for the home side on 21'. Athina Varnava eqaulised on 39', before second half goals from Fern Burrage and Jess Williams secured the win.

Rhyl 1-5 Abergavenny

After scoring five themselves last week, Rhyl shipped the same amount at home to Abergavenny on MD2. Scoreless after 35', three goals before the break put the visitors in a commanding position. Maxine Mudge scored twice on 35' and 44', with Amy Thrupp netting in between on 40'. Gabi Hughes increased the lead on 54' before Rebecca Bannister pulled one back for Rhyl on 68'. Lauren Boyd completed the scoring six minutes from time to send Abergavenny into MD3 top of the WPWL.

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