Swansea City 4 (Emma Beynon 20, Katy Hosford 29 & 45, Lani Hogben 80)
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup quarter-final
Bethel did North Wales proud with an inspirational performance against Welsh Premier Women’s League leaders Swansea at Llandarcy this afternoon.
In the only Welsh Cup quarter-final tie to go ahead as Storm Ciara did its worst across Wales, the Caernarfon-area villagers benefited from travelling down to South Wales the day before, prior to the weather causing havoc.
Winners of both the Welsh Premier title and Welsh Cup on three occasions, the Swans started strongly in the wet conditions, but the North Wales League Division One visitors defended well.
The home side made the breakthrough on 20 minutes when a Katy Hosford pass set up Emma Beynon to sweep home with relative ease.
Bethel rallied strongly, Shannon Jones denied by a great stop from City keeper Deanna Lewis.
Soon after a Katie Midwinter corner arrived at the feet of Anest Roberts, whose shot was blocked from close to the line, and Jody Cain’s looping follow-up attempt was tipped over by the back-pedalling keeper.
Unfortunately, just when it looked like an equaliser was on the cards, Swansea broke up the other end and Hosford’s header across the keeper via a centre from the right made it 2-0.
Stacey John-Davis rattled the bar for the WPWL leaders – who have won all eight league games this term – before Hosford added a third right on half time.
The second half was a good battle and Bethel were far from overawed.
Sioned Hughes Williams produced great saves to deny Beynon and Hosford and it was not until the 80th minute that the favourites were able to add to their total, substitute Lani Hogben rounding off the scoring.
Bethel’s proud non-playing captain on the day, Gwenno Gibbard-Bolton, said after the game: “We matched them first half and had loads of chances, but Swansea were more clinical with their chances.
“The three officials told us at the end of the match that was the closest game they’ve seen against Swansea this season and that we would deserve our place in the Welsh Premier.”
Bethel: Sioned Hughes Williams, Ffion Williams, Beca Williams, Anest Roberts, Kelly Jones, Llio Henshaw, Shannon Jones, Jody Cain (Fflur Hughes 80), Katie Midwinter (Llio Emyr 55), Katie Houghton (Hannah Jones 85), Erin Maloney. Unused subs: Nel Huws, Erin Allen Jones.
All the other Welsh Cup ties scheduled today were postponed due to Storm Ciara and are set to now be played next Sunday.
RESULTS – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup quarter-finals
Cardiff City FC Women P Cardiff Met Uni P, Connah’s Quay Nomads P Port Talbot P, Llandudno P Abergavenny P, Swansea City 4 Bethel 0.
North Wales Women’s Football League (all matches off)
Division One: Llanfair United P Corwen P, Northop Hall P Airbus P, Wrexham P Denbigh Town P.
Division Two: Holywell P Pwllheli P, Mountain Rangers P Caernarfon Town P, Penrhyn Bay P Llanberis P.
NEWFA Cup quarter-final
Rhyl P Amlwch Town P.