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Keeper heroics not enough to prevent defeat; belles on the BALL DAVE JONES ON THE NORTH WALES WOMEN'S FOOTBALL SCENE Lamprey on form but Wrexham lose.

WOMEN'S WELSH PREMIER LG WALES goalkeeper Rosie Lamprey proved her worth with a fine display in Wrexham's 2-0 home defeat against Women's Welsh Premier League leaders Cardiff City on Sunday.

The South Wales side were too strong for the third-placed Dragons, but would have won more comfortably only for the heroics of Lamprey, who has represented her country at various age levels.

Cardiff made the livelier start at Colliers Park and posed an early threat when Amy Wathan let fly, but Lamprey was equal to her strike.

Wrexham countered through free-scoring Syd Hinchchliffe, but her effort was cleared away.

It was mainly all City, however, and when they cut through the home defence it took a brave stop from Lamprey to deny them.

Lamprey also did well to keep out a free-kick before Cardiff took a long overdue lead on 21 minutes.

Catherine Walsh won the ball on the left, cut inside towards the penalty area and scored with an 18-yard cracker for 1-0.

This sparked Wrexham into life and they went close when Chloe Foster cut in from the flank and saw her shot smartly saved by Alesha McGlynn, Emma Roden being unable to latch onto the rebound.

Rosie Lamprey After a nice passage of play, the North Walians then had the ball in the net but Lowri Edwards was adjudged offside.

There were no further goals before half time and Cardiff began the second period as they did the first - on top.

It was no real surprise when the Citizens doubled their advantage on the hour, Walsh on target again after the Reds gave the ball away too easily.

Cardiff remained in command and Wrexham were indebted to Lamprey again for foiling Shanelle Edwards.

Substitute Jade Gavan had a late chance for the hosts but the ball got caught under her feet and the danger was cleared.

In the end, a well-deserved win for Cardiff who showed why they are top of the league and pushing hard for the title.

The teams will meet again in the capital on May 19.

Wrexham: Lamprey, A Hinchcliffe, Lou Edwards, Roden, Taylor, Rodger, Foster, Pridding-Hull (Gavan 76), Davies, S Hinchcliffe, Low Edwards.

Wrexham will hope to return to winning ways when they entertain Northop Hall at Colliers Park on Wednesday (6.30pm).

CARDIFF METROPOLITAN 6 CAERNARFON TOWN 0 THE students did what they had to do as they kept the pressure on Cardiff City at the top of the table.

Kick-off was delayed by more than an hour as Caernarfon experienced travelling difficulties on their way to Cyncoed.

The wind was hugely influential during this match and it took 20 minutes for Laura May to open the scoring and net the first of her three goals.

Emily Brown doubled the Met advantage after 34 minutes. Four second-half goals followed through Allen (51), May (54) and Steph Turner (78) before May rounded off her hat-trick with five minutes remaining.

Caernarfon remain bottom of the table.

SWANSEA CITY 1 NEWCASTLE EMLYN 1 TWO goals in the final 10 minutes of this game secured a point for each side at the Marston's Stadium.

Kirsty O'Donnell put the home side ahead with 10 minutes left before Stacey John grabbed a point for the Emlyn with less than two minutes remaining. LLANDUDNO JUNCTION 0 LLANIDLOES 2 A GOAL in each half by Steph Hughson bagged all three points for Llanidloes at Victoria Drive.

The prolific scorer netted her first goal after 35 minutes and secured victory for the visitors with 10 minutes of the match remaining.

REMAINING FIXTURES: Wednesday, May 1: Wrexham v Northop Hall. Sunday, May 5: Cardiff Met v Northop Hall, Llanidloes v Aberystwyth Town, Newcastle Emlyn v Caernarfon Town. Sunday, May 12: Aberystwyth Town v Cardiff Met, Caernarfon Town v Cardiff City, Llanidloes v Wrexham. Sunday, May 19: Caernarfon Town v Aberystwyth Town, Cardiff Met v Llandudno Junction, Cardiff City v Wrexham. Sunday, May 26: Caernarfon Town v Newcastle Emlyn.


Lowri Edwards, pictured playing against Llandudno Junction earlier in the season, was unlucky not to score against Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:May 1, 2013
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