IT was a hot day for the home side on Saturday (Mar 30) and Carmarthen were keen to win this game on their road to earn promotion for next season and this game did not disappoint.
The game started strong from Carmarthen with a goal in the opening minutes. A strong attacking play down the wing found centre defensive midfielder Anna Heath who swept the ball into the D where Beck Cartland was eagerly waiting at the post who touched the ball into the goal.
Cardiff Uni fought back with some strong attacking play but Carmarthen’s defence of Ffion Evans, Ffion Dart and Keira Griffiths held them out of their D and away from ‘keeper Jackie Marshall. Some more positive play from midfielders Anna Heath, Anna Knuckles, Megan Henry, Sophie Palmer and Catrin Davies saw some chances being created in the D but Carmarthen were unfortunate not to convert into goals.
The second half saw Cardiff flying out the blocks and storming towards Carmarthen’s goal but the defence were switched on to keep the clean sheet.
The second goal for Carmarthen was achieved by the ball being passed from Sophie Palmer to Ffion Jones who then passed to Cartland who put the ball into the bottom left corner for her second goal of the match.
Cardiff Uni responded to this goal and overloaded the D. The flood of players was too much for Carmarthen and Cardiff scored.
As the game was nearing the end, Carmarthen were working tirelessly and Carmarthen’s forwards of Scarlett Mackenzie-Jones, Ffion Jones, Beck Cartland, Megan Davies and Maya Davies were continuously working the field creating impressive attacking play. The third goal came from a long corner from Palmer who took the ball herself and hit it into the D to find yet again Beck Cartland who calmly tucked the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Carmarthen’s defence were solid and ensured that Cardiff Uni weren’t able to score in the final minutes and their hard work payed off as the game ended 3-1.
Carmarthen awarded player of the match to Beck Cartland for her hat trick and continuous hard work throughout the game.
Carmarthen will need to keep their concentration in their final game of the season next weekend and hopefully seal their promotion.