December is a star-studded month for North Wales women’s football birthdays

Rosie Hughes (red) celebrates her birthday on December 10. Picture: Roy Gunther

December birthdays

December 2: Jasmin Dutton

Jasmin Dutton. Pic: NCM Media

Full Wales international, who hails from Kinmel Bay, Jasmin was with Tranmere Rovers Ladies from 2000-11.

She represented Wales at under-15, U-17, U-19 and full senior levels from 2003-11. The North Wales ace won eight full caps, scoring once.

After a successful stint in America, Jasmin returned to Welsh football with Llandudno in 2018-19.

Last season she joined newly-formed Connah’s Quay Nomads.

December 4: Kelly Jones

Bethel vice-captain Kelly is a calm, composed, strong-tackling defender who has great positional sense.

Her style of play helps the team build from the back.

Kelly was voted 2018-19 Player of the Season for Bethel and is a highly dependable player whose experience helps the youngsters around her.

December 5: Georgia Williams

One-club players are rare these days but Georgia Williams is proud to be one of those.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been with Kinmel Bay FC since the age of four.

Versatile Georgia can also operate on the wing or in defence. Her never-give-up style of play makes her the ideal team-mate.

December 6: Zoe Stopford

Zoe celebrates scoring Rhyl and Prestatyn’s first-ever Welsh Premier goal in September 2014. Picture: Chris Howells

Zoe is down in history as the first player to score a goal for Rhyl and Prestatyn in the Women’s Welsh Premier League.

She grabbed the winner in a 1-0 victory at Aberystwyth on the opening day of the 2014-15 season.

The former Prestatyn Girls forward moved away to study at Edge Hill University but returned to Rhyl for the 2018-19 campaign and notched her share of goals.

December 7: Jordanne Greenough

Jordanne (red) on the attack for Llandudno

Began her career at Llangefni Girls aged 14, but when that team folded she moved to Caernarfon Town.

Won two Welsh Premier northern conference titles, reached two Welsh Premier play-off finals and played in a Welsh Cup final for Caernarfon, where she enjoyed great success.

Later joined Llandudno, where she helped the team reach the 2015-16 Welsh Cup final and establish themselves in the Welsh Premier.

Moved to Bethel last season and scored on her debut.

Jordanne can play in defence, on the wing, where her pace is a major asset, or up front.

In 2019, she was a member of the Ynys Mon side which won a silver medal at the Inter-Island Games. She has represented Anglesey in three Island Games.

December 10: Rosie Hughes

Rosie scores again! Picture: Roy Gunther

One of the most prolific goalscorers to feature in North Wales football.

Rosie hit 18 goals in just a handful of matches for Denbigh Town last season – her first for the club.

Prior to that, she played for Colwyn Bay, Kinmel Bay, where she won the North Wales League title, and Llandudno.

While no official records are available, it is believed she is Tudno’s all-time top-scorer in the Welsh Premier.

Fast and sharp, she is an out-and-out goalscorer.

December 12: Cara Aston

Cara Aston. Picture: Phil Williams

Solid defender who was in the Bethesda side which lifted the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title in 2018-19.

Cara played for Llanberis in their first and only season in the league last time out.

Strong in the tackle, she also strikes a dead-ball very sweetly.

December 14: Paige Williams (Amlwch Town)

Paige Williams (left) in action for Amlwch against Holywell. Picture: Lee Douglas

First made her mark in the all-conquering Llandegfan Under-14 team before later winning the BUCS League in her first year as a student at Bangor University.

Was a champion again with the Uni the following season, repeating the feat as undefeated with no goals conceded, then success in the Varsity tournament was achieved in her final year.

As a senior, she began at Amlwch Town, then joined Caernarfon Town where she won the Betty Pickering Cup in 2015-16, sister Lexi scoring the winner in the final after coming on as a substitute.

Paige returned to Amlwch and was player of the match in the 2018-19 North Wales Women’s League Supplementary Cup final, which saw Town beat Wrexham 2-1.

The 25-year-old went on to have an outstanding Inter-Island Games Tournament, where Ynys Môn women were a revelation as they landed the silver medal.

Underrated player who was one of the most consistent performers for Amlwch when they won the North Wales Division Two title last season.

Best on the right wing, although she is also an efficient right-back.

December 14: Carol Lewis

Carol celebrates a wonder goal for Amlwch last season. Picture: Gethin Jones

Sharing the same birthday as Amlwch Town team-mate Paige is skipper Carol Lewis!

Carol is a one-club player whose defensive skills have improved with every season she has played.

Hailing from Llannerchymedd, this school teacher is massively popular on the North Wales football scene.

One of her finest moments was leading Amlwch to victory in the 2018-19 Supplementary Cup Final against Wrexham.

She was also a key player in Amlwch’s North Wales Division Two title success last season.

And Carol had a great tournament in defence when Ynys Mon won silver at the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

December 15: Stacey Sansome

Long-serving Pwllheli player who reached the Welsh Cup Final with the club back in 2006 when she was known by her maiden name Roberts.

Her early career highlights included playing on Manchester United’s The Cliff training ground versus their girls U16s side and scoring the winning goal.

Stacey has played in almost every position for Pwllheli over the years, but last season she featured as a striker to great effect, netting 13 times.

December 16: Ceri Purvis

Ceri Purvis (white) tackles former Bethesda player Awel Ellis. Pic: Phil Williams

Twenty-seven years ago Ceri was a member of the Pilkington (Rhyl) side which won the first-ever FAW Women’s Welsh Cup, beating Inter Cardiff 1-0 in the final.

Fast forward to 2020 and she is still a key player with the Rhyl team currently in the North Wales League Premier Division.

Raised in Meliden, the 44-year-old evergreen striker once represented Isle of Man in the International Island Games.

Mother-of-two daughters who she revealed have no interest in football, Ceri forms a great partnership up front with Natalie Harrison, the pair having played alongside each other for a number of years.

December 18: Catrin Thomas

Sister of Caernarfon Town’s very own “Mini Messi” Darren, Catrin is a great player in her own right.

When Caernarfon won the North Wales Women’s League in 2016-17, Catrin was top scorer with 38 goals from less than half that number of games.

She was also a member of the Llandudno side which played in the Welsh Premier and reached the 2015-16 Welsh Cup final, in which Catrin scored in a 5-2 loss against Cardiff City FC Women.

Played for Mountain Rangers in the curtailed 2019-20 season and is yet to announce who she will turn out for next.

Gifted player, strong in the air and skilful on the ball.

December 20: Jessica Lane

Jess with Aaron Ramsay on her special awards evening

Jess was an outstanding junior, featuring in the Bethel side which lifted the NWCFA Under-16 Cup.

Renowned for her long throw, she is also a strong tackler.

Jess, 19, went on to play for Bethel’s seniors before joining Mountain Rangers last season, but injury curtailed her playing time.

Also made the news when she was named Young Volunteer of the Year at the national FAW Grassroots Awards in Cardiff for her work with Caernarfon Town.

December 22: Keren Allen

Was a strong defensive midfielder for Llandudno before signing for West Midlands Women’s Regional League, Division One South side Stourbridge in February 2020.

Joined Llandudno in 2016-17 and also played for Bangor University.

December 25: Rachel Evans

Rachel joined forces with Maddie Williams and Kelsey Robinson to form Llanfairfechan Town Ladies recreational team in 2019.

A defender, she is renowned for her non-stop effort and determination.

One of those people who has TWO reasons to celebrate on Christmas Day.

December 27: Cassia Pike

Cassia (red) in past action for Wales

Porthmadog-born Cassia started playing football aged 6 for Porthmadog boys team, joined Liverpool at the age of 9 and has stayed there ever since.

In the 2017/18 season, she was promoted to the senior team.

Cassia made her debut on 5 December 2017 against Sunderland in a 1-0 loss in the WSL Cup coming on as a 76th minute substitute.

On 27 January 2018, she made her home and league debut in a 2-0 WSL win over Bristol City, coming on in the 81st minute for Jessica Clarke.

Cassia has represented Wales at U15, U17 and U19 and travelled with the senior squad to the Netherlands in 2018.

December 29: Rebecca Hughes

Rebecca (blue) puts in a strong tackle. Pic: Matthew Jones @mattjimages

Midfield livewire who has spent most of her senior career with Northop Hall.

The 20-year-old, who has struggled badly with injuries in recent months, this season joined new club Wirral Phoenix of the Liverpool County FA Open Age League.

A footballer from a very young age, Rebecca’s journey has seen her play for: Shotton Steel boys under 6-10, Flint Town United girls under 10-12, Chester & District girls under 12-16, Northop Hall girls and ladies – and now Wirral Phoenix.

With Northop Hall she was part of the 2017-18 double-winning side which scooped the North Wales Women’s League and NEWFA Cup.

December 31: Catrin Evans

Catrin Evans on the ball. Picture: Gethin Jones, Amlwch Town

Amlwch Town winger Catrin will celebrate her 18th birthday on New Year’s Eve – and what an amazing impact she has already made in women’s football.

A Wales international at youth level, Catrin showed tremendous promise for Bethel’s junior sides and was promoted to the first team as soon as she turned 16.

She proved a sensation, scoring 18 goals in 12 games as Bethel finished joint North Wales League Division One champions.

In summer 2019, Catrin was a huge success for the Ynys Mon team which scooped a silver medal at the Inter-Island Games, scoring her team’s goal in a 2-1 loss to Isle of Man in the final.

Amlwch Town snapped her up, and last season she notched 14 goals as the Anglesey side lifted the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title.

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