Caldicot Town Ladies FC 5 AEK-BOCO 0
CALDICOT Town Ladies FC manager Luke Harris rang the changes for the second pre-season friendly and admitted that the second-half performance will cause him a selection headache.
“The first half was frustrating for us,” he said after the game.
“We kept the ball for 45 minutes and only found the net once.
”But it was a clean sheet and a good 45 minutes to keep us ticking over for Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night!”
Town dominated a match against a team who beat them 3-1 last year but the floodgates didn’t open until the second half.
Domination had not been converted into a healthy lead, partly due to good defending by the visitors, brave goalkeeping and some poor finishing.
Emily Bayliss, Ashleigh Harris and Alana Murphy had all seen their efforts saved, blocked or sail harmlessly over the bar or the wrong side of the post.
Town attacked in waves, using the flanks well and turning the AEK defenders but as the missed chances mounted, a certain amount of frustration crept in – especially when Alana Murphy ran through to score only to have the effort ruled out for offside.
But Murphy was not to be denied and moments later she put Town ahead, latching onto a pass from Shauna Pentney and firing home from the edge of the box.
At the break, Harris sent on the development squad and although the visitors had slightly more possession, Town were never in any trouble.
The defence dealt with anything AEK threw at them and upfront, speedy counter attacks punished the visitors.
Goals by Taran Fitzgerald (2), Jade Crofts and Carys Soper sealed a convincing victory.
“It was good for me to see the development side playing so well scoring three in the first 20 minutes of the second half,” Harris added.
“It’s going to give me a good headache on picking the side for the first game of the season.”