Nomads Ladies are Welsh Cup sensations!

Candice Nellist equalised for Nomads against Port Talbot with her 14th goal of the season. Picture: Nik Mesney, NCM Media

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Candice Nellist 40, Rebecca Bannister 49)
Port Talbot 1 (Lauren Amor 30 pen)
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup quarter-final

One of the finest results in North Wales women’s football history saw rank outsiders Nomads knock a Port Talbot side two tiers above them in the pyramid out of the Welsh Cup.

In just their 11th competitive match since forming this season, Sara Hilton’s team came from behind to see off vastly experienced opponents currently lying fourth in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

Nomads, who are third in North Wales Women’s League Division Two, played their hearts out in atrocious weather at Quay Leisure Centre’s 3G pitch to reach the semi-finals of the premier national competition against all the odds.

Talbot took a 30th minute lead via a Lauren Amor penalty, but close to the break, top-scorer Candice Nellist broke through the Port defence to slot home from 12 yards for her 14th goal of the season.

Early in the second half, the hosts edged in front when recent signing from NFA, Becca Bannister, received the ball when the visitors tried to clear from a corner and drilled home a powerful low strike.

After that, Port piled on the pressure but Nomads defended heroically with keeper Rhonwen Wilde, who joined the club as an outfield player but has been playing as a stand-in stopper due to an injury to the regular No1, producing some fantastic saves.

Manager Hilton could not have been more proud after the match, saying: “We knew what we were up against; we were playing against a team that were two-tiers above us with a wealth of experience in the women’s top tier in Wales.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players, they were fantastic, their desire and determination until the last second – I couldn’t fault it at all.

“We were aware we were the underdogs, I think people expected Port Talbot to run away with it at times. We’re a brand new team so we’ve had to play in the third tier so it’s a case of making sure that doesn’t really define us as who we are as a club.

Sara Hilton (centre) with first team coach Jay Catton (left) and club secretary Tom Houghton (right)

“We didn’t really change much today, how we looked to play. We tried to get the ball down and play through different units; it was a great fixture and a great result for us.”

Nomads: Rhonwen Wilde, Jasmin Dutton, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Shannon Hobbs, Tara Nattrass, Rachael Nattrass, Tonicha Dickens, Rebecca Bannister (Samantha Jarvis-Evans), Ellie Sandiford, Candice Nellist, Lani Bouckley.
Unused subs: Annmarie Jones, Natalie Bennett.

Just 11 competitive matches and already into a Welsh Cup semi-final – what an achievement from Nomads!

Sep 8
North Wales League Division Two

Holywell Town 0 Connah’s Quay Nomads 12 (Candice Nellist 3, Jennifer Haynes 3, Tonicha Dickens 2, Jasmin Dutton, Erin Heathcote, Ellie Sandiford, Rebecca Morris)

Sep 15
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup round one

Llanberis 2 Connah’s Quay Nomads 6 (Jasmin Dutton, Candice Nellist, Tonicha Dickens, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Jennifer Haynes 2)

Oct 6
North Wales League Division Two

Amlwch Town 3 Connah’s Quay Nomads 3 (Tonicha Dickens, Jasmin Dutton, Rachael Nattrass)

Oct 13
North Wales League Division Two

Connah’s Quay Nomads 9 (Kate Horne 2, Jasmin Dutton 2, Candice Nellist 2, Ellie Sandiford, Rachael Nattrass, Tonicha Dickens) Pwllheli 1

Oct 20
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup round two

Connah’s Quay Nomads 3 (Shannon Hobbs 2, 1 own goal) Pwllheli 1

Nov 24
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup round three

Denbigh Town 3 Connah’s Quay Nomads 8 (Kate Horne 3, Lani Bouckley 3, Shannon Hobbs, Candice Nellist)

Dec 1
NEWFA Women’s Cup round two

Bethel 4 Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Candice Nellist 2)

Dec 15
Betty Pickering Cup preliminary round

Connah’s Quay Nomads 0 Bethel 8

Jan 5
North Wales Women’s League Division Two

NFA 3 Connah’s Quay Nomads 5 (Shannon Hobbs 2, Shona Roberts, Candice Nellist, Rachael Nattrass)

Jan 26
North Wales Women’s League Division Two

Pwllheli 1 Connah’s Quay Nomads 4 (Candice Nellist 3, Tonicha Dickens)

Feb 16
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup quarter-final

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Candice Nellist, Becca Bannister) Port Talbot 1

Matches played: 11
Wins: 8
Drawn: 1
Lost: 2

League: Played 5 Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 0 Goals For 33 Goals Against 8
Cup: Played 6 Won 4 Lost 2 Goals For 21 Goals Against 19

Goalscorers (54)
14 – Candice Nellist
6 – Tonicha Dickens
5 – Jennifer Haynes
5 – Jasmin Dutton
5 – Kate Horne
5 – Shannon Hobbs
3 – Lani Bouckley
3 – Rachael Nattrass
2 – Ellie Sandiford
1 – Erin Heathcote, Rebecca Morris, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Becca Bannister, Shona Roberts, 1 OG.

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