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Welsh Premier Women's League reigning Champions Cardiff Metropolitan Ladies began their defence of the title with a 1-0 victory over Wrexham on the opening day of the season.
The league has been re-launched for this campaign with a single league of 12 teams, rather than being split into northern and southern sections, and the opening round saw last season's play-off finalists come face to face. A tight game was settled nine minutes from time when Emily Brown scored the only goal of the game for Cardiff Met.
Cardiff City FC picked up the biggest victory on the day, scoring six without reply against Port Talbot Town. After Catherine Walsh had given them the lead, Lisa Bird went on to have a great day by bagging herself a four-goal haul, before Walsh completed her double late on.
Northop Hall also got off to a good start, winning 5-0 away to Caerphilly Castle. Alex Pugh gave Northop a 19th minute lead, with Laura Pennington netting twice ahead of the interval. Pennington duly rounded off her hat-trick on the hour mark and Natalie Bennett wrapped up the win with the fifth goal, five minutes from time.
The game of the day was arguably at Aberystwyth Town where the home side came from behind to beat Caernarfon Town 4-3. Aber did lead by two goals at half time, thanks to a brace from Mel Davies, before Caernarfon fought back after the interval. Kim Broadbent scored a penalty and then strikes from Katie Williams and Catrin Thomas put them ahead at the midway point of the second half. Amy Jenkins levelled the scores once again and with four minutes remaining, Sam Gaunt netted the winner for Aber from the penalty spot.
There were also plenty of goals on offer at Llandudno Junction but it was visitors Newcastle Emlyn who went home with the points and a 6-2 victory under their belts. Stacey Webber and Cerys Davies gave Newcastle Emlyn a two-goal advantage with Sim Drummond reducing the arrears on the stroke of half time. After the break, Cerys Davies went on to complete her hat-trick and Marie Tilley also found the net and although Drummong pulled a goal back for Llandudno, Bethan Davies scored a sixth for the away side in injury time.
Two times Champions Swansea City were beaten in their opening fixture, 2-1 away to Llanidloes. The first half ended goalless but two strikes in a three minute spell just after the hour, from Kate Thomas and Steff Hugheson, gave Llanidloes a fine victory despite Sarah Adams' consolation for the Swans.
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