Reaction: Head coach insists belief in team spirit was key to USW Women’s first victory

University of South Wales 4-0 Southampton Solent. Image: Haydn Evans

By Rhys Harrison

UNIVERSITY of South Wales Women’s 1st Head Coach Kath Morgan expressed her satisfaction with her team’s performance following a 4-0 thrashing of Solent Women’s 1st at the USW Sport Park.

Despite the lopsided score-line, Morgan was reserved in her assessment of the game and noted the short time she has had to influence her team’s style of play, saying: “The girls are trying to understand my standards.”

After a 6-2 win over Bournemouth 1st last week, it was no surprise that USW created a host of opportunities once again to run away with the game.

However, Morgan believes the home side could have been more clinical.

She added: “Although we didn’t convert them all, it’s a sign of a good team.”

University of South Wales 4-0 Southampton Solent. Image: Haydn Evans

Goals from Ffion Llewellyn, Rhianne Oakley, Annabel Davies and Lucia Carpanini ensured that USW took home all three points for their first home win of the season.

Morgan highlighted squad unity as a driving factor behind their spirited performance against Solent, saying: “I’m trying to make them work for each other and realise that not everyone can just have a good five minutes.”

She went on to give an honest critique of USW’s play in midfield. She said: “We’re taking too many touches, definitely in the centre of field and turning into players when we need to lift our heads.”

USW have shown their offensive firepower so far this season, tallying 11 goals in their opening three games. 

Addressing that, Morgan gave a comical call for improvement in front of goal, looking ahead to their next game away to Cardiff Met 2nd, concluding: “I think we’ll do a little bit of finishing work on Monday night!”