She’s Ffion-tastic: Midfield star keeps on achieving her goals

Ffion (red) walks out with the Ynys Môn team and mascots during the 2019 Inter-Island Games. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Ffion Owen is probably the best attacking midfielder in North Wales women’s football right now.

Either that, or she is very high indeed in the ratings.

The Anglesey-based talent won the second league title of her career last season when her new club Amlwch Town were crowned North Wales Division Two champions.

Having joined the Ynys Môn club in summer 2019, Ffion made a sensational instant impact, scoring hat-tricks in each of her first two games.

Ffion in action for Amlwch. Picture: Gethin Jones

She netted three trebles in all and hit four in a caning of Llanberis, her 19 goals in total during a much-shortened season making her Division Two’s top-scorer and third highest markswoman overall in the North Wales League.

Ffion began playing football at about the age of five and success came pretty early.

Both of her parents, Terry and Nia, played football and Ffion kicked a ball at every opportunity.

She started playing for Llangefni Under-9 boys team and then moved on to Llangefni Girls U11’s, where many of her friends were team-mates.

This was a good team which finished top of the league three years consecutively as well as winning many cups and tournaments over five years.

Ffion also played for her primary school girls football team, which ended up winning the national tournament for all schools.

Among her fondest childhood memories include scoring all three goals for Llangefni in a cup final against Llanrug.

When she began playing adult football, Ffion maintained her links with the juniors as she coached Llangefni Under-14’s. Many of the players she guided are now involved in senior teams.

Ffion (yellow shirt) controls the ball for Caernarfon Town v Llandudno. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Ffion took a break from the game for a few years before returning to join Caernarfon Town in 2014.

She won the Betty Pickering Cup in 2015-16 before captaining the Canaries to a North Wales League championship and cup double in 2016-17.

Ffion (front row, second from right) wins Caernarfon’s Betty Pickering Cup winning team of 2015-16

A fantastic Caernarfon squad amassed 147 goals in 25 matches across all competitions and Ffion herself netted a tremendous 33 times.

In 2017-18 she led Town on their return to the Welsh Premier.

Things didn’t go so well for Caernarfon in the national league and the following season they withdrew after a handful of games.

Ffion’s career was given a big boost in 2019 when she featured in the Ynys Môn squad which won a silver medal at the Inter-Island Games.

Ffion (red) shows typical determination for Ynys Môn. Picture: Dai Sinclair

This led to the midfielder signing for Amlwch, where her first season was a resounding success.

As mentioned previously, football certainly runs in the family with dad Terry having been part of Llangefni Town’s prolific silverware kings of the 1990s.

And brother Gari, a member of the Ynys Môn men’s squad which won gold at the Inter-Island Games last year, is a regular with Llangefni of the tier-two Cymru North.

Gari Owen (No 2 – red) battles to win the ball for Ynys Môn. Picture: Dai Sinclair

When interviewed by Grassroots North Wales in 2016, Ffion listed a few ambitions for the future.

They included….

Win the North Wales League with Caernarfon Town

Play for Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier

See most of the girls she coaches for Llangefni Under-14’s carry on to senior football.

All three have been achieved, and you can add winning a silver medal at the Island Games and being a league champion with Amlwch Town to her list of feats.

With her trademark headband, strong tackling, precision passing and tremendous shooting, Ffion is a true stand-out performer.

If she continues current form, there are a lot more happy occasions to come in this outstanding player’s career.

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