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Swans retain title
 Women's Football News 19 May 2011
 
Swansea City will be playing UEFA Women's Champions League football for a second successive season in August, following a 3-1 victory against Caernarfon Town in the FAW Welsh Premier Women's League play-off match at Llanidloes.
 
First half goals from Jodie Passmore and Laura-May Walkley appeared to be sufficient to secure entry into Europe's premier football competition for a second season, but with four minutes remaining, Jordanne Greenough found the target for the North Wales side.
 
However, right at the end, it was Swans substitute Lindsay Morgan who netted the third goal, with it being the ideal contribution, after having scored in the Champions League match against Georgian opponents Baia Zugdidi in Gorica's Ivancna Stadium, last August.
 
Having secured a 4-0 victory in the first Premier League play-off against Caernarfon twelve months ago, followed by an FAW Welsh Challenge Cup Final clash in March, it was a third opportunity for Swansea to once more secure silverware honours against their North Wales Conference opponents.
 
It was Swansea who quickly settled into an attacking style, with the prospect from a third minute free kick by Sarah Adams, only for Caernarfon full back Kim Broadbent to produce a timely goalmouth clearance.
 
The Canaries attempted to respond two minutes later, only for Swansea goalkeeper Gemma Border to gather and angled shot despatched by Alexia Musgrave.
 
Following those attacking options by both sides, it was Swansea who began to look the more threatening; firstly it was Passmore who supplied a well timed shot on target which was palmed around the upright by goalkeeper Elena Julio.
 
However there was to be a more positive finish by the Swans, with the breakthrough arriving when Rachel Rowe released Passmore, and the former Bonymaen based Cefn Hengoed Comprehensive student forcefully hit the net, with a quality delivery from the edge of the penalty area.
 
Midway into the half, Swansea launched another lightning raid into Caernarfon territory, and when Walkley's progress had been halted by Louise Barlow, it was Passmore who volleyed inches wide of the woodwork from the resulting free kick.
 
Despite suffering that major setback, Caernarfon quickly responded, and there were alarm bells ringing in the Swansea defence when Manon Lloyd-Williams avoided challenges from Ria Hughes and Jessica Hammett, she then almost registered the equaliser, only for Border to hold the rising shot which was driven straight at her.
 
With Swansea aware that Caernarfon's team performance had improved, following the two previous meetings at Haverfordwest and Aberystwyth, they increased the attacking momentum just after the half hour, with Passmore embarking on a path forward to link up with Walkley, the Baglan born striker then advanced into the six yard area to toe-poke the ball over the line, with it being the ideal reward, four days prior to her 20th birthday.
 
During the final five minutes of the first half, Caernarfon went close to opening their account, only for Border to produce two quick fire reflex saves, to maintain the two goal advantage, with Lloyd-Williams the source of both scoring options.
 
Caernarfon began the second half again managing to find fresh urgency to their match play, and there was a let off for the Swans when an angled delivery from Lloyd-Williams arrowed across the face of the goalmouth.
 
The lively contest continued, with Rowe embarking on a weaving run forward, and when Adams gaining possession the Port Talbot born teenager sent a left footed effort just over the bar.
 
With twelve minutes remaining, Ceryl Jones broke forward and forced Border to turn her on-target shot over the top; then from Broadbent's corner Swans captain Tija Richardson applied a solid headed clearance.
 
As the clock ticked down, Caernarfon gained an additional corner and on this occasion Broadbent's goalmouth delivery was headed in by Greenhough.
 
That resulted in a frantic final period, and as the match was well into stoppage time it was Swans substitute Lindsay Morgan who sent an angled shot beyond the reach of Julio, following an opening carved out by Walkley
 
(Report by Robert Clement)

 
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