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Archers tighten grip on title race
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 1 Feb 2018
The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League may be at the halfway stage in terms of matches played, but the title race could well be over following Cardiff Met Ladies' 2-1 victory over Swansea City on Sunday.
The first half was goalless but it was the Swans who made the breakthrough seven minutes after the restart in what was a must-win game for their side, Stacey John-Davies putting them in front. Lauren Townsend brought the match level via a free kick midway through the second half and, as the match appeared to be heading for a draw, the Welsh international struck again in injury time and drilled home another free kick to hand her side their tenth straight win.
The result means that Met have opened up a lead of eleven points at the top of the table and the Archers are firmly in the driving seat and on their way towards regaining the title that Swansea won last season.
Abergavenny Women meanwhile boosted their hopes of a top two place when they ran out 4-1 winners away to Llandudno Ladies. It was the home side who took the lead on the stroke of half time thanks to Katie Bowe, with Lauren Boyd equalising ten minutes into the second half. Lyndsey Davies then put Abergavenny ahead for the first time and the prolific striker went on to complete her double, with Kate Jeremiah adding the fourth late on.
Cardiff City FC complete a trio of teams on the same number of points, albeit having played two more games, following their 8-1 victory over Caernarfon Town. City raced into a five-goal lead at the break, courtesy of Shannon Evans who netted all five goals including a hat-trick inside the opening half hour. Ceri Slaney pulled one back for Caernarfon early in the second half, only for Alana Murphy to restore the advantage on the hour. Evans found the net once more to round off a six-goal haul and Murphy made it eight when she netted her second, three minutes from time.
Cyncoed Ladies remain in fifth place but are just one point behind second, after they won 2-1 at Port Talbot Town. An own goal put the Mighty Oaks ahead with nine minutes on the clock and Julia Moulton added a second from the penalty spot on the quarter hour. This proved to be enough to give Cyncoed the points, despite Rachel Bell giving Port Talbot hope when reducing the arrears midway through the second half.
Rhyl Ladies and Caldicot Town meanwhile battled out a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match which saw all six goals scored in the first half. Laura Williams gave Rhyl the lead after three minutes, with Kelly Phelps quickly equalising via a 20-yard strike. Williams then netted her second from long range but Caldicot hit back strongly, Shauna Pentney firing in a 35-yard free kick and Carys Waters then putting them ahead for the first time. An own goal brought Rhyl level just before half time and the second half could not produce a goal, giving each team a point in their respective battles to achieve safety.

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