Catrin Evans did not begin her senior football career until the turn of 2019 – but she still wins the Grassroots North Wales Women’s Young Player of the Year award in a canter.
On December 31, Anglesey-based Catrin turned 16, making her eligible to play in the women’s league.
She has never looked back, netting 18 goals in 12 matches in all competitions for a Bethel side where she has emerged through the club’s highly successful junior ranks.
Catrin bagged a hat-trick on her Division One debut at Kinmel Bay and has failed to score in just two of her 12 appearances for Bethel, those games being the two cup finals her team lost narrowly to chief rivals Llanfair United.
However, Catrin did have the satisfaction of scoring the decider in Bethel’s 1-0 league win over Llanfair in March, a lovely individual goal with a lethal left-foot finish.
That pace and enterprise up front also earned Catrin selection for the provisional Ynys Môn squad set to compete in the International Island Games football tournament being hosted on Anglesey this month. On June 4, she was confirmed as having made the full squad.
Bethel Ladies possess a wealth of young talent and Catrin is one of the very best. The future can only be bright for this 16-year-old wonder girl.
Catrin Evans – goalscoring record for Bethel
Jan 13: 3 goals in 9-1 league win at Kinmel Bay
Jan 20: 1 goal in 2-4 league defeat at Northop Hall
Feb 10: 1 goal in 2-0 League Cup win over Denbigh
Feb 17: 2 goals in NEWFA Cup 4-2 victory against Denbigh
Mar 10: 2 goals in NEWFA Cup 4-2 semi-final win v Corwen
Mar 31: 1 goal in 1-0 league win over Llanfair United
Apr 7: 2 goals in 5-1 League Cup triumph at Pwllheli
Apr 14: 3 goals in 4-1 league win at Airbus
Apr 16: 1 goals in 3-2 league success at Pwllheli
May 19: 2 goals in 6-0 league win over Denbigh
Total goals: 18 (11 league, 7 cup); Games: 12
Grassroots North Wales Women’s Young Player of the Season – Roll of Honour
2018/19: Catrin Evans (Bethel)
2017/18: Ceri Lois Thomas (Bangor City)
2016/17: Paige Williams (Rhyl)
Grassroots North Wales Women’s Player of the Season – Roll of Honour
2018/19: Katie Midwinter (Bethesda Athletic)
2017/18: Alaw Davies-Smith (Rhyl)
2016/17: Catrin Thomas (Caernarfon Town)
2015/16: Katie Bowe (Llandudno)