Penblwydd hapus Cerys Gadd – un o’r goreuon/one of the very best!

Cerys Gadd in the blue of Amlwch Town. Picture: Gethin Jones, ATFC

Happy birthday to one of North Wales’ finest female footballers of the past 20 years or so!

Cerys Gadd was a star performer in Amlwch Town’s North Wales Women’s League Division Two championship success last season, scoring 12 goals.

But the midfield ace is no stranger to success over her impressive football career.

After starting off with Bangor City Girls in 2003/04, Cerys moved on to Caernarfon Town, who she represented in the English pyramid competition, the Northern Combination.

The Cofis joined the Welsh system in 2008 and went on to dominate the North Wales scene.

Cerys was part of a brilliant Caernarfon Town side

Cerys was part of the squad crowned Welsh Premier Women’s League North Conference champions in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and celebrated back-to-back doubles by also lifting the league cup twice.

They lost twice to Swansea City in the Women’s Welsh Premiership championship final and also went down to the Swans in the Welsh Cup Final of 2010-11.

Caernarfon had some awesome players at the time. Here are just a few: Elena Julio, Kim Broadbent, Alison Mummery, Elen King, Katie Bowe, Louise Barlow, Kelly Davies, Ailsa Orlik, Iona Williams, Ceryl Jones, Lexi Musgrave, Jordanne Greenough, Tania Jones, Hannah Jones, Sara Williams and, of course, Cerys Gadd!

Cerys went on to have her first spell at Amlwch Town before renewing past associations with Bangor City.

Cerys (left) celebrates a Bangor goal with Ceri Lois and Lexi Crawley. Pic: Andy Matthews

With the experience of Cerys in the middle, Bangor went on to have a really encouraging 2017-18 season in the North Wales Women’s League, but unfortunately were forced to disband at the end of the campaign.

For the past two seasons, Cerys has been part of an Amlwch team which has really flourished.

At the end of 2018-19 the side won their first trophy, the Supplementary Cup, beating Wrexham 2-1 in the final at Rhyl where Cerys was on the scoresheet.

Then came last season’s goal-packed effort which delivered a first championship success for the club.

Cerys was also a key member of the Ynys Môn team which reached the final of the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

Anglesey’s women had won just one match in previous tournaments, but on their home island they advanced all the way to the showpiece, where they gallantly lost 2-1 to Isle of Man.

Cerys Gadd is playing as well as ever and the great spirit she has helped develop at Amlwch suggests this is a team very much going places.

Penblwydd hapus chwedl!

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