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Flashback: When Rosie Hughes netted four in a thumping Tudno victory

Rosie Hughes (stripes) on a typical strong run. Picture: Chris Howells

Rosie Hughes is one of the finest goal-getters in North Wales women’s football.

The 24-year-old, who scored 18 times in just a handful of matches for Denbigh Town last season, announced she was staying with the club for the 2020-21 campaign last week.

However, Rosie’s talents have been on view for many years, and she has been a prolific past markswoman at the highest level in Wales – the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

One of her finest performances came four-and-a-half years ago when she netted four times for MBI Llandudno in a midweek 8-2 WPWL thrashing of coastal rivals Rhyl and Prestatyn at Maesdu Park.

Here is how we reported on this thrilling encounter:

MBi Llandudno 8 (Katie Louise Bowe 6 and 39; Samantha Jarvis-Evans 11 and 28, Rosie Hughes 26, 34, 36 and 60)
Rhyl and Prestatyn 2 (Rebecca Bannister 34, Amy Webster 88)
Welsh Premier Women’s League – April 26, 2016

Just two days after losing 10-3 at home, Llandudno bounced back with a stunning 8-2 thrashing of Rhyl and Prestatyn.

Rosie Hughes led the way with four goals for the hosts, including a 10-minute hat-trick, top-scorer Katie Bowe added another two pearlers to her collection and the underrated Sammy Jarvis-Evans notched her first two net-finders for the club.

The game was decided in a first half which ended with Tudno 7-1 ahead.

With a strong wind behind them and heavy hail at one point, the home side made the very most of the conditions.

The second half was far more even, but by then the game was won and Llandudno completed a third win this season over their Denbighshire foes.

With key defender Jemila Bukari out injured, Llandudno drafted back Stephanie Walsh, who had an awesome game at the back.

While Hughes had to rank as player of the match after scoring four goals, Walsh deserved huge praise.

One thing R and P must have been aware of was the shooting ability of Bowe, yet on six minutes they left her free to tee up a shot from 25 yards and her blistering effort flew in off the bar for 1-0.

Five minutes later, with the weather at its very worst, Jarvis-Evans headed in her first goal for the team.

Bowe’s left-footer was palmed away by keeper Megan Roberts who then held onto a firmly struck Stacey Tradewell effort.

The influential Bowe tested Roberts again, but on 26 minutes it was 3-0 when a KLB effort came back off the keeper and Hughes pounced to score from close range.

Two minutes later Kelsey Davies set up Jarvis-Evans to net with a beautiful low drive beyond the diving Roberts.

R and P pulled one back a minute later through Rebecca Bannister, but the visitors were soon under the cosh again.

Rosie Hughes on the ball for Llandudno when they recorded a record away WPWL win at Aberystwyth Town. Picture: Chris Howells

Hughes forced a Bowe corner over the line for 5-1 and then completed a 10-minute hat-trick on 36 when she was found in acres of space to lob beyond the keeper.

Bowe made it 7-1 when yet another stunning free-kick went in off the underside of the bar and brought the sharp-shooter her 21st goal of the season.

Half-time: 7-1


The second half was a closer encounter, Bowe blasting over before on the hour a Davies cross was spilled by Roberts and Hughes pounced for her fourth of the night and 14th of the season.

Bowe had a couple more attempts saved before R and P had the last word with a fantastic strike into the roof of the net by Amy Webster.

Late on came an incident which typifies women’s football.

Walsh took a nasty accidental boot in the face near the touchline when showing typical bravery, yet needed less than two minutes to recover without fuss and carry on with the game.

Had that happened in La Liga or even in some cases of men’s football seen at local level, the injured player may well have produced Oscar-winning theatrics.

Walsh took a short time to get her bearings back and simply got on with her duties.

Llandudno: Jess Hughes, Jordanne Greenough (Rebecca Elliott 51), Catrin Thomas, Claire Colville (Catherine Higgott 82), Stephanie Walsh, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Stacey Tradewell (Alys Marsh-Hughes 88), Kelsey Davies, Katie Bowe, Samantha Jarvis-Evans, Rosie Hughes.

Rhyl and Prestatyn: Megan Roberts, Alaw Davies-Smith, Kim Sands, Cassandra Thomas, Joy Jamieson (Amy Webster 70), Rebecca Bannister (Lucy Davies 64), Phoebe Davies, Laura Williams, Rachael Nattrass, Rachel Lloyd, Ashleigh Mills.

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