LATE LEVELLER CLINCHES TITLE
JOHNSTOWN Under-16 Girls have clinched the West Wales Women and Girls’ League title.
They bagged the championship after a 2-2 draw with Briton Ferry.
Knowing before a ball was kicked that avoiding defeat would see them win the title, Johnstown began well.
Some slick passing saw the opening 10 minutes played in the Ferry half. The visitors then began to settle with fine through balls for their striker to run on to, which kept the Johnstown defence on their toes.
Ferry won the ball around the halfway line and two passes later were in on goal. Johnstown keeper Isis made a fine save but the Neath side scored from the rebound to give them the lead at the interval.
Johnstown began the second half well, with the hard-working Elouise getting a shot on target moments after the restart.
But again Ferry began to settle and they doubled their advantage midway through the second period when they bundled the ball home after forcing a corner.
With the league title on the line, Johnstown’s players refused to let their heads drop as they pushed for the next goal which was critical at this stage of the game.
The ball was played down the channel and from 18 yards Elouise hit it first time across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
The home team were now well on top and with four minutes to go forced a corner. Millie Williams launched the ball to the near post where Nell Edwards swooped to head the ball home from five yards.
Ferry pushed for a winner, but the Johnstown girls were first to everything and dealt well with everything the visitors could throw at them.
The referee blew his whistle and the home girls were crowned champions after an unbeaten campaign in which they had won six and drawn two of their matches.
Squad: Isis, Carina, Ellen, Rebeca Anna, Emily, Nell, Flavia, Elouise, Millie, Kate, Phoebe and Betsan.
Johnstown Under-16 Girls.