The 2019/20 season kicked off with the new-look WPWL Cup with Group Two having the most action where Cardiff Met were early leaders, following a hattrick from Maddie Schupbach, brace from Jodie Passmore and one each for Amy Long and Steph Turner helped them overcome Briton Ferry Llansawel. Port Talbot also took three points at home to Aberystwyth with opening day goals from Coryn Sexton, Courtney Thomas and Jess Curran.
On matchday two Cyncoed joined the party, as they beat Briton Ferry Llansawel 3-1, with Lowri Barker’s 15th minute goal the only reply to a hattrick from Alison Witts, while an injury halted the Met game in Aberystwyth. Over in Group One Cardiff City top the table with an impressive goal difference, as Kate Jeremiah also earned a hattrick, Alana Murphy bagged two and Catherine Walsh and Jasmine Simpson took one each against Llandudno.
Rain stopped play on matchday three, as Aberystwyth and Briton Ferry Llansawel was postponed, giving Port Talbot and Cyncoed the opportunity to jump ahead, however neither side could take full advantage, sharing the points in a 2-2 draw; Carys Davis and Laura-May Walkley scoring for Port Talbot and Athina Varnava and Lauren Harris getting Cyncoed’s. Group One was also hit by the weather, leaving Swansea frustrated as so far, they and Abergavenny haven’t been able to get their Cup run going.
Meanwhile, the Orchard WPWL has been a hotbed of action, with Cardiff City again in fine form to sit top after two rounds. The opening fixtures saw last season’s winners, Cardiff Met host the runners up Swansea, in a close fought game it was the visitors who got the only goal via Stacey John-Davis and took the three points.
However, it was Cardiff City who sat top of the table following their 3-0 win at Abergavenny, with goals from Danielle Green, Siobhan Walsh and Alana Murphy; goalkeeper Ceryn Murphy had an outstanding game, including saving a penalty earning her the first Player of the Week award. Port Talbot and Llandudno also celebrated their first league wins of the season; Bethan McGowen’s early goal for Port Talbot was enough to take three points off Cyncoed and Jordanne Greenough’s strike didn’t see a reply as Llandudno also beat Briton Ferry Llansawel 1-0.
On Matchday Two Cardiff City to pull cement their place at the top on goal difference, meeting Llandudno again they picked up where they left off in the cup fixture, this time netting ten, including hattricks for Kate Jeremiah and Alana Murphy, supported by goals from Lisa Owen, Siobhan Walsh and Zoe Atkins (2). Swansea also have maximum points beating Aberystwyth 3-0, with Katy Hosford on the scoresheet. Port Talbot sit third, also on six points, as Laura-May Walkley got two late goals to beat Briton Ferry Llansawel 2-1, after Sophie Topper gave the home side the lead. In the last game of the day Cardiff Met earned their first three points in the league, beating Cyncoed 2-0 with two second half goals from last season’s top goal scorer Maddie Schupbach.
To see this month's fixtures please see the Fixture Page
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