Mel Davies scored Aber's first
An incredible performance from Aberystwyth saw them take three hard earned points from tough Premier rival Swansea City on Sunday at Park Avenue.
From the off, both teams hammered hard at each other and it took a stunning deep run through the middle from an on fire Mel Davies to put the home team in the lead after only just four minutes. Swansea were on the backfoot for a short while but Hannah Lewis in the 9th minute brought the crunching game level. Three minutes later the visitor's goalkeeper Adrianna Taviner received a straight red for taking out Mel Davies on yet another stunning run through. A calm and well placed penalty from Amy Jenkins put Ray Hughes's squad back into the lead. The game continued end to end and saw Aber's Sian Evans battle hard with Swansea's Verity Owens, bringing a couple of cautions from the ref with the result of Evans being yellow carded in the 30th minute. However a battled cross from Alice George in the 32nd minute found the head of Aber's Gemma Kay to put the home team three one up. A controversial red card for Sam Gaunt for an alleged handball in the box shook the game up and it was a cooly taken penalty from Swansea's Sarah Adams put the visitors within grasp of equalising into the half time break. However Ffiona Evans almost put a fourth on the scoresheet with a well timed run on the left wing that was intercepted by the hard working Swansea defence.
The second half erupted with a 48th minute volley from Kelly Thomas just going wide of the goal. Minutes later Swansea's Ria Hughes went one on one with Aber's keeper Keryn Hawkins who stopped the attack hard in it's tracks. But the hard work from the visitors resutled in a breathtaking 20 yard volley from Swansea's Chloe Lewis in the 62nd minute making it a tense 3-3. Time and time again the ref had to talk to the players as the game became more and more competitive, but yet again it was the breathtaking Mel Davies with another deep run who put the home team into the lead. Swansea piled on the pressure and ex Swansea player Tania Wylde read her old team mates play denying them attack time and time again. Nia Davies cooly cleared the ball when Swansea pushed hard at the home defence in a fantastic set piece in the 76th minute. Stacey Davies came on for Sian Evans and was straight into the action with a series of hard challenges with Swansea's Rebekah Gwyther. Stephanie Land, coming on for Amy Jenkins, also found herself in the thick of things with a right wing mazy run that was just denied by Jemma Parfitt, who went off injured in the challenge, and Lucy Hughes coming on for Alice George cleared a dangerous ball from Swansea's Chloe O'Connor in the dying minutes of the game. But it was not over, Mel Davies was brought down in the box and a rocketing penalty from Gemma Kay put the game beyond the visitors in the 91st minute.
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