Port Talbot Town Ladies suffered a tough baptism, in their opening fixture of the newly formed Women’s Welsh Premier League, against Cardiff City at the new Leckwith International Sports Stadium. (reports Robert Clement).
Bluebirds striker Lisa Bird was the major threat with four goals, accompanied by a brace from supporting colleague Catherine Walsh.
It took Port Talbot nine minutes to pose a threat with Courteney Thomas setting up Gaby Pughsley, with the attacking defender forcing City keeper Alice Evans into action to push away the goalbound effort.
Regrettably it was Cardiff who moved ahead, with Walsh making the breakthrough with a low struck shot after eighteen minutes.
Midway into the half Port Talbot should have grabbed an equaliser, only for a thirty yard delivery from Sian Scannell to rebound off the crossbar, then with Alex Thomas first to react; it was Lauren Price who intercepted her shot on target.
Just after the half hour Cardiff added a second goal, with a lengthy kick up-field by Evans, which was controlled by Bird for her to then drive in from the edge of the penalty area.
Cardiff increased the tempo during the second half, with Bird registering her hat-trick with two additional goals during a four minute period. Read more of this post