12 April 2023 |

Megan Kearle: Briton Ferry Llansawel are "raring to go" for play-off final

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When Briton Ferry Llansawel lifted the Genero Adran South trophy earlier this month, the message from the squad was clear: the job is not done yet. 

“It has been a really good season for us, not just in terms of results but performances too,” forward Megan Kearle says. “It goes to show how hard we have worked and how well we have gelled as a team. 

“I have been at Ferry for eight years and we have always had a great team spirit, but this season it has been extra strong because we have been doing so well. 

“Everyone knows their job, we all work hard for each other and the staff. It is a real family affair and I absolutely love it, it’s the best place to be! 

“We have achieved our first goal by winning the league, but we have been clear from the start of the season that we want to achieve promotion.”

Ferry will face Wrexham in the Genero Adran Leagues promotion play-off on Sunday afternoon at Newtown’s Latham Park, after claiming the Genero Adran South title by an 11-point margin. 

Rhys James’ side won 15 of their 16 matches, scoring 78 goals in the process and conceding just 13. Kearle will claim the division’s golden boot after netting on 20 occasions, but she is keen to place the emphasis on the team performances. 

“Being top scorer is a great achievement and something I am proud of, but it is not something I look at too much because it takes away the attention from the other girls behind me who allow me to do what I do. 

“I think when you are playing as a striker in this Ferry team, with the way we are playing, it is hard not to score goals. I have to give credit to the whole team, because they have been brilliant.”

Never was that truer when Briton Ferry won 7-0 against Pontardawe Town in February, with seven different goalscorers. Two weeks later they triumphed 6-0 over Swansea University, with six different goalscorers. 

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Ferry have not just had success in the league either. Later this month, they will face Genero Adran Premier champions Cardiff City in the FAW Women’s Cup final following an impressive run in the competition. 

They won 3-0 against top-flight side Aberystwyth Town in the semi-final, which proved their credentials against higher tier opposition. 

“Everything went exactly to plan in that game and we didn’t let the occasion get to us,” Kearle says. “I think that shows we have come a long way in the last year or two in terms of dealing with big games. We have added experience to the squad and everyone steps up when it matters.”

Occasions don’t get much bigger than a winner-takes-all clash to earn promotion to the Genero Adran Premier, but Kearle says that Ferry are relishing Sunday’s meeting with Wrexham. 

“It is a massive game and something we have worked towards for the last two years. The results and performances in recent months have all built momentum towards this weekend, so we are really looking forward to it and we are raring to go.

“But at the same time, we have to treat it like any other game. We are going to prepare like we normally prepare because we can’t let the occasion affect us. We will analyse, we will train hard and make sure our recovery is good going into Sunday. We have our threats and Wrexham have theirs, but we will be more than aware of what we will be facing.”

For Kearle and her team-mates, nothing matters more than returning top-flight football to Briton Ferry. 

“This club means the world to me. It is my club. Everyone who comes to Ferry loves it here and loves the family feel. We all want to get us back to where we believe we belong. Lots of the girls have experience of playing in the Adran Premier, so we are ready for the step up and desperately want to get there.”

The Genero Adran Leagues promotion play-off between Wrexham and Briton Ferry Llansawel takes place at Latham Park in Newtown on Sunday 16 April, with kick-off at 4:30pm. 

Tickets for the afternoon can be purchased in advance from the two clubs and they will also be available to buy on the gate, costing £3 for adults and £1 for under 18s.