BARRY Town United Ladies progressed to the semi-finals of the South Wales Women's FA Cup with a resounding 5-2 victory over Cwmbran Celtic on Sunday.

Barry were looking to carry their recent fine form into this fixture against a strong Cwmbran Celtic team, but were frustrated by the hosts early on.

Cwmbran, sitting in a deep defensive block, refused to allow Barry an opening in the opening 30 minutes, whilst continuing to pose a threat on the counter attack.

But Barry’s wide players, Naomi Coulson and Beth O’Donnell, were causing havoc down the flanks and it was one such foray forwards which eventually led to them taking the lead thanks an unfortunate own goal.

With the opening goal having brought a greater freedom to Barry's play, despite a host of further chances the score remained 1-0 at the break.

The second half was to be a much livelier affair. Barry started strongly and continued to dominate possession, doubling their lead with a fine finish from Luca Laky following an excellent passage of play.

Substitute Molly Chapman was to get her first goal for the club soon after, putting Barry 3-0 up with a shot into the top left-hand corner following a Laky assist.

To their credit, the visitors kept battling away and pulled a goal back with a breakaway goal on 65 minutes, with the forward racing through and calmly slotting home to reduce the deficit.

Barry kept their composure and continued to press, and it was not long before their fourth goal arrived with 16-year-old O’Donnell getting her first senior goal for the club – a ferocious shot into the top corner that left the keeper no chance.

Captain Stevie Cook put in a great display and maintained her fine scoring form with Barry’s fifth goal of the game, bursting through to hammer past the helpless keeper to make it three goals three games for the skipper.

Cwmbran did manage a late consolation goal, but it was not enough to dampen another ruthless display from the hosts and a deserved place in the last four of the South Wales FA Cup. The result makes it five wins from five matches played so far this season and Barry return to league action next week with an away trip to Caerphilly.

1. Frankie Taylor

2. Emma Thompson

3. Robyn Facey

4. Tracey White

5. Emily Mortimore

6. Megan Bailey

7. Beth O’Donnell

8. Stevie Cook (c)

9. Luca Laky

10. Ellen Phillips

11. Naomi Coulson


12. Hannah Moger

14. Molly Chapman

15. Leah Davies

16. Abi Smyth

Players of the match: Emma Thompson and Stevie Cook