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Birthday Belles – April: Which North Wales female footballers get their birthday this month?

Ashleigh Jones (furthest right) enjoys a goal with her Amlwch team-mates. Ashleigh celebrates her birthday on April 29. Photo: Gethin Jones, Amlwch Town FC

The following women footballers celebrate their birthday during April.

April 2

Emma signs for Denbigh

Emma Roden (Denbigh Town)
Midfielder who has always played at a high level in her career.
Emma has represented Wrexham and Rhyl in the Welsh Premier League, as well as The New Saints and Denbigh.

April 3

Ashleigh Hayes

Ashleigh Hayes (AFC Fylde)
Flying winger who starred for Northop Hall and Wrexham in the Welsh Premier League.
Has since gone on to play in the English pyramid with Stoke City and AFC Fylde.

April 5

Alaw Davies-Smith

Alaw Davies-Smith (Corwen)
Attacking right-back Alaw is currently player-coach for Corwen Ladies in the North Wales Women’s League.
She began her career aged nine playing alongside the lads for Denbigh Dragons, then joined Prestatyn Girls and progressed through the age groups.
After a season of playing for Prestatyn Ladies, she became part of the new Rhyl and Prestatyn Ladies set-up promoted to the Welsh Premier in 2014/15.
The team became known as simply Rhyl Ladies in 2016/17 and Alaw remained a key player until the club resigned from the top flight last year.
Alaw was named Grassroots North Wales Player of the Season in 2017-18 and has represented Wales Colleges.

April 11

Llio Emyr in action for Bethel

Llio Emyr (Bethel)
Played for Llewod Llanrug, Ysgol Brynrefail and Bethel Under-16s before becoming a regular in the Bethel Ladies side.
Prefers to play central-midfield, although she can also operate on either wing.
Llio has also coached the Bethel Under-14 side.

Alaw Jones (Llanberis)
Alaw is a player with Welsh Premier League experience. She is a ball playing midfielder with a natural ability to pick a pass and create chances.
She is also not afraid to get stuck in either and can be a commanding presence in midfield. Formerly with Bethel.

April 12

Charlotte Miliziano (light blue) in action for Kinmel Bay. Picture: Ian Francis

Charlotte Miliziano
Sporting all-rounder with lovely ball skills, she has played for both Kinmel Bay and Penrhyn Bay in the North Wales League.
Charlotte is brilliant from dead-ball situations and is a natural leader. Also plays netball in the North West Wales League.

April 13

Kate Horne (red) on the ball for Nomads. Pic: NCM Media

Kate Horne
Niece of former Everton and Wales legend Barry Horne, as well as the daughter of Darren Horne, who played in 182 Welsh Premier League matches across spells at Flint Town United and Holywell Town.
Wales youth international Kate spent 11 years with Tranmere Rovers before joining North Wales League newcomers Connah’s Quay Nomads this season.
Re-injured her knee (ACL) this season, leaving her unsure of her playing future, but she is determined to get back on the pitch.

April 19

Mari Edwards (tracksuit) at training. Picture: Matthew Jones

Mari Edwards
Current manager of Airbus who first joined the club as assistant player-boss in 2016-17.
One of the central figures in the progress of women’s football in North Wales over the years through her role as a development officer with Flintshire Council.
Mari first played for Ruthin Under-12s, then Corwen before in 2014/15 standing out as a prolific goalscorer in the Denbigh Town team which won the North Wales League and reached the Welsh Cup semi-finals the following season.

Mia Rawling

Mia Rawling in action for Penrhyn Bay. Pic: Lee Douglas

Goalscoring midfielder for Penrhyn Bay in the North Wales Women’s League. Mia has been outstanding in her first season in senior football.
Last year, she was part of the Penrhyn Bay team which lifted the FAW Under-16 Girls Welsh Cup. She has also been capped for Wales.

Kim Sands
Consistent defender over a number of seasons with Rhyl, playing in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

April 20

Jasmine Kepil in action for Kinmel Bay

Jasmine Kepil
Lively winger with an eye for goal, Jasmine has been a past standout player for Kinmel Bay in the North Wales Women’s League.
She played for Llanrwst at several age groups before making her mark in senior football.
Noted for her pace, crossing ability and tremendous left foot.

April 22

Sara Furlong (front row – furthest right No5) with the Ynys Môn ladies team which reached the final of the 2019 Inter-Island Games. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Sara Furlong
Sara was a stand-out defender for the Ynys Môn ladies team which reached the final of the 2019 Inter-Island Games.
Her club career has included spells at Bangor City and Amlwch Town, who are performing so well at the top of North Wales League Division Two this season.

April 23

Natalie (front – left) playing for Mountain Rangers

Natalie Williams
Suffered a bad leg break six years ago and thought she would never play football again, but has made a welcome comeback with Mountain Rangers this season.
Past clubs include Pwllheli. Prefers midfield, wide, or up front role.

April 24

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts
Classy defender who was represented Wales Under-15s, as well as North Wales for a number of years.
Played for Coedpoeth and Brickfield Rangers as a junior before joining Corwen.
She is in her fifth season with Corwen, taking on the captain’s role in the team’s first season in women’s football in 2018-19.

April 26

Tonicha Jade Dickens. Pic: NCM Media

Tonicha Jade Dickens
Joined new team Connah’s Quay Nomads in North Wales League Division Two this season and has made a great impression, scoring seven goals to date.
Was previously a regular for Rhyl in the Welsh Premier Women’s League, earning much admiration for her left-sided skills, which include striking a mean dead-ball.

April 28

Sioned with her Mountain Rangers shirt

Sioned Bohana
Defender who has spent the majority of her football career with Caernarfon Town, having started playing the game in her years at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen.
She was a member of Caernarfon’s 2016-17 North Wales Women’s League title-winning side, and represented the Cofis on numerous occasions in the Welsh Premier.
Sioned began the current season at Llandudno in the WPWL, where she put in some fine performances, but after the Seasiders resigned from the top flight she moved to Mountain Rangers of the North Wales League, rejoining former Canaries team-mates Katie Bowe, Elena Julio, Danielle Barnfield, Kim Broadbent, Sara Williams and Catrin Thomas.

April 29

Gail Manning celebrates another goal. Pic: Gethin Jones ATFC

Gail Manning
Currently plays for Amlwch Town in North Wales Women’s League Division Two, but her past clubs include Liverpool and the mighty Bangor City side of the 1990s.
She won the Welsh Cup with Bangor under Keith Fearns, and was part of a great Liverpool side in the early 2000s. Formerly a striker, now operates in midfield, but still comes up with several vital goals for Amlwch.

Ashleigh Jones

Ashleigh (seated, back row, furthest left) with her Amlwch team-mates. Pic: Gethin Jones ATFC

Was part of Amlwch Town’s Supplementary Cup winning side last season.
A real trier, at her best playing wide right. Ashleigh has also been assisting with the development of new Recreational League side Trearddur Bay United this season.

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