. . . Adams goal not enough in loss to Llanidloes
Swans Ladies went down to an opening-day defeat at Llanidloes in the new Welsh Premier Women’s League.
After a summer of change to the Swans squad, a young side travelled to Victoria Park with manager Ian Owen giving debut senior appearances to Courtney Harries and 16-year-old striker Kirsty O’Donnell.
Both teams started the game at a high tempo with goal mouth action at both ends.
In a keenly contested first half, the young Swans went in at the break at 0-0.
The second half started with two early goals from Llanidloes after some slack defending.
The Swans responded well to this setback and took the game to the home side with Sarah Adams controlling play from midfield.
The home defence were under constant pressure and the Swans were denied by the woodwork on two occasions while they did find the net only for it to be ruled offside.
With 15 minutes remaining, Adams struck a superb shot from 35 yards to make it 2-1 and give the Swans hope.
But Llanidloes held on to claim victory, which left Swans manager Owen disappointed.
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game, a draw probably would have been fair,” he said. “I am pleased with the endeavour of our young side and I’m sure the lapses of concentration will go as they gain more experience.”
Swans Ladies are next in action against Aberystwyth at Evans Bevans Playing Field in Baglan on Sunday, September 23 (2pm).