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Female Focus 2020: birthday girl Molly Watkinson (Penrhyn Bay)

Molly Watkinson in action for Penrhyn Bay. Picture: Damon Mead

Molly Watkinson is 19 today – happy birthday to you.

Last season, this promising young striker scored a hat-trick when Penrhyn Bay recorded their first-ever senior victory in the North Wales Women’s League – a 7-1 thrashing of Caernarfon Town.

Full Name

Molly Jane Watkinson

Date of Birth

October 23, 2001

Occupation

Currently in college on my final year of Level 3 public services

Teams you have played for

Molly has always been a Manchester City fan

I started off playing with the boys when I was around 9 for Mochdre and then joined Junction girls team, eventually signed for Llandudno Ladies and now I’m currently at Penrhyn Bay

Position

Striker/No 10

Biggest highlight of football career so far

Molly in Llandudno kit

Playing in the Welsh Premier Women’s League for Llandudno at 16

Best goal scored

In North Wales Girls Under 16 Cup Final v Corwen (10/06/2018) – described in report as ‘an excellent strike’.

Strengths to your game

Excellent full-length shot of Molly on the ball for Penrhyn Bay

Skills and enthusiasm for football

Weaknesses

My fitness sometimes lets me down, especially when there are too few games being played.

Best team-mate played alongside

Fflur Williams (left) in her Llandudno days. Picture: Sian Armstrong

Fflur Williams

Biggest influence in football

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City battles for possession with Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on January 12, 2019. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Probably my mum. I’ve always played from being very very young, always had a ball at my feet. She pushes me to always do better. I also look up to Raheem Sterling. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, he’s had a tough upbringing and now he’s one of the world’s best players.

Favourite away ground

Molly at Maesdu Park

Llandudno

Personal football ambitions

Molly (third from right – back row) lines up with Penrhyn Bay Ladies

To encourage vulnerable young people to take part in football. It’s a integral part of how I managed my behaviour as a young child; also encourage them into other sports to avoid getting into trouble and being more active. I have had many work experiences at football clubs and I can manage confrontation and challenging behaviour.

Best country visited

Spain

Favourite chocolate bar

Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations

Best film seen

Little Man

Favourite current song

Birds Are Chirping by D-Block Europe

Favourite TV show

Power

Least favourite TV show

The Chase

Best quality as a person

I treat everyone the same – I’m a very diverse person

Best live show/concert seen

Headie One

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