Blaenavon Blues Ladies -2
BLAENAVON Blues Ladies entered the unknown on Sunday when they travelled to Mid-Wales to play unbeaten Llanidloes ladies in the quarter finals of the Welsh Cup, and against all the odds they came away with a super victory.
The Blues were quickest off the mark when Welsh international Lyndsey Davies rammed home a brilliant finish after only five minutes for the perfect start.
It was end to end action for the next 40 minutes with the Blues missing several chances.
The home side were also denied on several occasions by the brilliant Blues keeper Elisa Williams who was in top form.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with both sides creating chances but failing to convert them - again the Blues keeper was outstanding and denied the home side from equalising.
This was until the 73rd minute when Llanidloes swung in a corner which everyone failed to deal with to make it even stevens.
The game looked like it was heading for a draw and extra time right until the ninetieth minute when Blues striker Lyndsey Davies was pulled back by the Llanidloes defender just outside the box to concede a free kick.
Up stepped half-time substitute Erin Potter Reed to score from a dead ball situation that was worthy of winning any game and especially a welsh cup quarter final.
She hit a scorcher from the right hand side of the box that hit the left top corner of the net leaving the Llanidloes keeper stranded to the spot.
The Blues then held out through injury time to claim a well deserved victory.
This was an outstanding result for the Blues, giving the fact they had to travel almost three hours and play against an unbeaten side.
However, their is still room for improvement as Blaenavon did not play to their full potential, a fact every player is fully aware of.
This week's Player of the Match was keeper Elisa Williams who was outstanding throughout the ninety minutes pulling off some superb saves.
This Saturday the Blues hope to progress to their second semi final this season when they travel to play local rivals Merthyr Tydfil in the South Wales League Cup quarter final with a 2.00p.m. K.O.