Women’s football: Amlwch Town and Bethel dish out cup canings

Bethel’s Shannon Jones and Beca Williams challenge Nomads striker Lani Bouckley (red). Picture: Kyla Cain (age 13)

Connah’s Quay Nomads 0
Bethel 8 (Williams 3, Maloney 3, Jones, Allsup)
Betty Pickering Cup preliminary round

Rampant Bethel blitzed their way into the next round of the Betty Pickering Cup with an 8-0 away drubbing of Connah’s Quay.

Ben Bolton’s side completed a knockout double over the Nomads, having eliminated them from the NEWFA Cup a fortnight earlier.

Bethel started at a frantic pace and blew Quay out the water. Llio Henshaw won the ball in midfield and played a perfectly weighted pass to Williams, who poked the ball under the keeper after just three minutes.

Williams was at it again five minutes later as she was sent down the left wing by a Jenna Allsup pass and cut in on her right foot before bending an effort into the far corner.

Erin Maloney (furthest left) scores for Bethel. Picture: Kyla Cain

It was then Allsup’s turn to get in on the scoring. After Quay cleared away a Bethel free kick, Kelly Jones controlled the ball on the halfway line, sent an inch perfect pass over the top and found Allsup, who beat the offside trap and stayed composed to contribute her first goal for the club.

On 20 minutes Williams completed her hat-trick as she again scored one-on-one after dispossessing the centre half.

Before the half time whistle Erin Maloney got in on the act. She was played in down the right by Williams and her shot from a tight angle went in under the keeper.

As the second half started Bethel picked up where they left off, controlling the game’s tempo and not giving Quay an inch.

A corner comes into the Nomads box. Picture: Kyla Cain

The introduction of Mari Gibbard, who rejoins from Llandudno and is currently on a Christmas break from studying in America, gave Bethel a new threat. The gifted Gibbard released Maloney through for her second of the day.

It became 7-0 when Yasmin Williams’ corner was headed away by a defender and Shannon Jones hit a wonderful strike from a full 35 yards that left the keeper with absolutely no chance.

Maloney rounded off the scoring and delivered herself a hat-trick as she capitalised on a goalkeeping error and tapped into an empty net.

A stunning performance by Bethel from start to finish.

Amlwch Town 9 (Gadd 3, Crawley 2, Slaney 2, Evans, Thomas)
Caernarfon Town 0
Betty Pickering Cup first round

Cerys Gadd (blue) scored three for Amlwch. Picture: Gethin Jones, Amlwch Town FC

Cerys Gadd notched her first hat-trick of the season as Amlwch advanced with an emphatic triumph over visitors Caernarfon.

The home side, top of Division Two and with still just the one defeat this season – to Llanfair in the Welsh Cup – played well as a whole, especially in the first half.

Difficult conditions made playing passing football especially hard in the second half.

Caernarfon travelled with only 10 players and basically spent the whole game with everyone behind the ball, making it difficult for the Anglesey hosts to find space at times.

Nonetheless, when the chances did come Amlwch’s finishing was good. Shannon Thomas scored a particularly cracking goal and was player of the match overall.

Adding to midfielder Gadd’s treble were two goals apiece from Lexi Crawley and Ceri Slaney, while Catrin Evans and Thomas notched singles.

Postponed (all Betty Pickering Cup round one)

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