My North Wales women’s football dream team: Libby McClelland (NFA)

Libby (No 6) in action for NFA versus Llanberis last season

NFA midfielder Libby McClelland is the latest to choose her All-Time North Wales Women’s Dream Team XI.

This is number six in what is proving to be a very popular series.

Abby Williams (Airbus), Gwenno Gibbard Bolton (Bethel), Lexi Crawley (Amlwch Town), Claire Colville (Llandudno) and Cerys Gadd (Amlwch Town) have previously selected their XI’s.

GOALKEEPER

Yasmin Mills

Yasmin (yellow) gets in a clearance

Fellow team-mate and I would say one of the best goalkeepers in the North Wales League. I’ve seen her make some world class saves. Quality shot stopper.

DEFENCE

Llinos Hughes

Such a young player but solid in the back line. I believe more to come from Lily, who also plays for NFA.

Erica Jones

Quality player, not afraid to get stuck into challenges. Lots of experience over the years with Pwllheli and Caernarfon Town. Inspirational figure.

Jemila Bukari

Best female defender I’ve seen play. Not so much when you are playing against her. Class act with Llandudno over many years.

MIDFIELD

Mary Griffiths

Ryan Giggs meets Mary Griffiths (left)

Llanfair United star. She just doesn’t stop, she’s all over the place. Very fast and skilful player.

Lexie Smith

Libby (white) challenges the somewhat taller Lexie

Have played against Lexie a few times, strong in the air. Picks a pass out from pretty much anywhere.

Rachel Lloyd

Rachel in past action for Rhyl

Current partner in midfield at NFA. I’ve grown up watching Lloydy play and didn’t think for one minute I would be playing alongside her. She’s a real team player and can score via a free kick from pretty much anywhere on the pitch. Wales player, ex-Rhyl in Welsh Premier, won Welsh Cup with Prestatyn U-16’s.

Abby Williams

Abby (left) is tackled by Libby in an Airbus v Prestatyn game. Picture: Matt Jones @mattjimages

Commanding midfielder for Airbus, would say the classic all-round centre mid. Enjoyed our battles in the games played against Abby.

Shannon Hobbs

Shannon Hobbs on the ball for Nomads. Pic: Nik Mesney NCM Media

Another great player I’ve had the chance to play alongside. Again skilful, pacy and scores some wonder goals. Was with Connah’s Quay Nomads last year; ex-Rhyl in Welsh Premier, also Prestatyn.

STRIKERS

Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington (right) celebrates winning the North Wales League title in 2017-18 with Northop Hall team-mate Chelse Evans

Played against her whilst she played for Northop Hall. Always guaranteed to score, out and out centre forward.

Hollie Groves

Hollie Groves (orange and black)

Certainly knows where the goal is as I’m sure her stats will tell you. Strong, pacy striker who once scored nine in a single game for Denbigh Town. Would be great to see her back in North Wales football.

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