Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019

October Orchard WPWL Round Up

It was a month of two halves in the WPWL in October, with league matches for most of our clubs bookending October and the First Round of the FAW Women’s Cup sandwiched in between.

Matchday Three picked up where Matchday Two left off in September, with Cardiff City Women building on their solid start beating Aberystwyth 6-0 to retain the top spot; Alana Murphy scored a hattrick which contributes to her claim to top scorer so far in the league, with further goals from Kate Jeremiah, Zoe Atkins and Eryn Gibbs.

Swansea City also retained their 100% winning record, defeating Llandudno 3-0 away, the familiar names of Katy Hosford and Stacey John-Davies (2) on the scoresheet. Cardiff Met also picked up another three points away to Port Talbot, Tija Richardson, Maddie Schupbach and Jodie Passmore each slotting home in a 3-0 away win.

The FAW Women’s Cup took centre stage in the middle of the month, and with two all-WPWL ties it was sadly inevitable that we’d lose two teams from the competition, however the remaining seven made it safely through to Round Two. Llandudno made us wait an additional week before they successfully beat Corwen, the rain forcing the game to be postponed, however their 9-1 win saw them through to the next round where they’ll face Llanfair United. A round up of the Women’s Cup can be found here.

The final weekend saw a mix of league and WPWL Cup action, as Aberystwyth and Cardiff Met came back together to replay their Group Two cup match. Met picked up where the first game left off, going top of the group with a 6-0 win, with six different players on the scoresheet (Lucy Finch, Sophie Hancocks, Robyn Pinder, Maddie Schupbach, Micaela Milavec and Erin Murrey).

In the League games it was first verses second as Cardiff City Women travelled to Swansea, both aiming to keep their 100% records intact; it was Swansea who came away victorious with second half goals from Katy Hosford and Stacey John-Davies to win 2-0 and claim the top spot.

Elsewhere it was an important weekend for the remaining teams, Port Talbot were aiming to take advantage of Met’s week off to jump them into third spot, while Abergavenny were out for their first points of the season; Port Talbot struck first, taking the lead through Courtney Thomas, however Abergavenny rallied in the second half, first through Carys Bufton’s equaliser before Abigail Powell got the winner with 10 minutes to go, final score 2-1.

Briton Ferry Llansawel and Cyncoed were also aiming to get off the mark and it was the home team who got the first via Ela Roberts. Cyncoed hit back through Alison Witts but Sophie Topper scored a minute later to see the hosts go into the break 2-1 up, however, Witts was on hand again to level the scores and it finished all square 2-2.

November will is a packed schedule for the clubs, with the WPWL Cup Round Four kicking things off, a return to League action then Round Two of the FAW Cup, before finishing back in the League.

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