Fine margins as Bridgend Street edge past Caerphilly

September 30, 2021

An own goal sealed the fate of the game on Sunday afternoon as Caerphilly suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bridgend Street at Willows Avenue in an entertaining women's league match.

Caerphilly had chances in a close and competitive contest which will prove to be another valuable step in their journey to achieve promotion. 

Jones' named another strong and experienced starting line-up as he looked to build on the positive performances against Afan Lido. Bridgend Street, also boasting a wealth of experience in striker Shanahan and influential defender Chez James, soon settled into the match. Bridgend Street looked the more likely score the opening goal. Shanahan tested Caerphilly goalkeeper Nia Rich and defender Chloe Dobson in the opening few minutes. Shanahan's pace put Caerphilly's defence under pressure, causing problems from their long goal kicks. 

Despite Caerphilly enjoying the later of the opening half, it was Bridgend Street that finished the first period the stronger of the two teams. Shanahan had efforts on goal, and it was her who had the best chance of the half on 45 minutes when the forward beat the Caerphilly keeper by slotting the ball in the back of the net. 

With the momentum in their favour, Caerphilly pressured the Bridgend Street defence from the restart, with Rachel Deans attacking from the wing. This spurred attack came with confience as Deans dribbled the ball into the box and was fouled by the defender, this resulted in a penalty. Once again it was up to Chloe Dobson to take on the responsibility of taking the penalty. Confident, as she approached the ball and placed it perfectly in the back of the net.

Caerphilly conceded after 63 minutes as a miss-communication led to a mistake made by Zahoor to deflect the ball into the net during a corner. It was a frustrating setback for Jones' side after matching their opponents throughout the match, and the manager made an offensivee switch as Actie was moved onto the right wing of midfield following the substitution of Flynn.

Caerphilly continued to search for an equaliser, with Anderson's effort hitting the bar before Willaims could only volley wide from the edge of the area. Bridgend Street held on to claim the victory as referee Jane Portelli brought the match to an end.

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