Relentless firsts beat seconds

Swansea firsts team captain Ria Llewellyn thinks her side were guilty of complacency, despite thrashing the seconds.

Llewellyn said: “I think we played well, but were a bit complacent in the first half.

“I think we were a little casual, we need to understand how important these kinds of matches are.

“I am glad we picked things up in the second half.”

It was a tough, wet and windy afternoon for the teams as they faced off on a heavy, boggy pitch at Fairwood.

The conditions were not ideal but the firsts looked set for a comfortable victory after just 15 minutes.

A hat-trick in the space of five minutes for forward Lauren Walker looked ominous and the seconds looked unable to cope with the pressure they were under.

But with a show of real grit, and an impressively quick counter-attack, the underdogs showed they had something within them to possibly cause an upset, bringing the score back to 3-1 at the half hour mark.

At the hour mark Swansea firsts were comfortably in the lead as the clocked ticked down despite the best efforts of the 2nds to get back into the game.

By the end of the 90 minutes the energy levels evaporated from the second’s spirited performance and they found themselves unable to cope with the firsts attacking prowess.

The firsts forced them back and were able to finish the game with a greater superiority in the score line than the seconds would have wanted.

“Today gives us a lot of things to work on for next week, but it is good to have these sorts of matches to prepare,” added Llewellyn.

The seconds fought hard throughout the match and gave everything they could but the difference in ability shone through as they finished the match after shipping ten goals.

Second’s captain Bethan Rudge paid tribute to her hard-working side.

“I think we played the best we ever played, especially in the first half,” she said.

“To be so close at half was absolutely fantastic.

“If we can take this momentum into the next game, we can beat them.”

Swansea 1sts next game saw them face off against rivals Cardiff University away. Swansea lost 8-3 to the home side.

Swansea 2nds also had one more game to play before the Christmas break away to Swansea Met in the local derby game.

It was cancelled due to pitch condition issues at Fairwood.

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