My North Wales women’s football dream XI: Paige Williams (Amlwch Town)

Paige Williams takes a throw-in. Picture: GETH JONES, ATFC

Amlwch Town’s versatile performer Paige Williams today chooses team 21 in the North Wales Women’s Football Dream XI series.

In recent times Paige, 26, has represented the Ynys Môn team which won a silver medal at the 2019 Inter-Island Games and been part of the Amlwch side that were crowned North Wales League Division Two champions and Supplementary Cup winners.

In selecting her Dream Team, Paige follows previous ‘managers’ Tegan Hewitt, Alaw Davies-Smith, Nia Wyn Ellis, Annmarie Jones, Fflur Williams, Chelsea Evans, Abby Williams, Gwenno Gibbard Bolton, Lexi Crawley, Claire Colville, Cerys Gadd, Libby McClelland, Meinir Thomas, Erica Jones, Rachel Roberts, Beca Williams, Mari Gibbard, Emily Jones, Cara Wyn Hughes and Catrin Wyn Thomas.

PAIGE’S PEARLS (4-5-1)

GOALKEEPER

Nicky Davies

Nicky Davies in action for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Played with Wales international Nicky in a few Island Games now and she always brings so much confidence to the back line as you know she will always save the ball from going in the net. Not afraid to shout at the defence either.

DEFENDERS

Left back – Sioned Bohana

Sioned Bohana (stripes). Picture: Sian Armstrong

Very strong player, and very quick – has a great shot on her when taking free kicks.

Central defence – Erica Jones

Erica Jones (grey/pink strip) challenges for Pwllheli. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Always strong presence on the pitch, never leaves a player alone when attacking at her goal. Can read the game really well.

Central defence – Laura Eynon

Laura Eynon signs for Amlwch. Picture: Geth Jones, ATFC

Always a strong player to play with, gives great confidence to all team members and can read the game so well. Was a privilege to play with her in the Island Games as she captained the team so well.

Right back – Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith (front row – second from left in headband in front of Paige) is pictured with her former Bangor City team-mates

Played with Hannah (formerly McGoona) in Bangor, has a great touch and can pass the ball off to wingers easily. Not afraid to get the shot off given the chance.

MIDFIELDERS

Left wing – Catrin Evans

Catrin in full flight. Photo: Dai Sinclair

Fantastic player for her age, has so much confidence taking defenders on, not afraid to shoot but also willing to pass for others in a better position. Can go very far in the game given half the chance/opportunities.

Centre midfield – Ffion Owen

Ffion Owen. Picture: Geth Jones, ATFC

Great player – might be quiet off the field but completely dominates the game when she plays, and has a great shot on her too.

Central defensive midfield – Katie Davies (Williams)

Katie Williams (yellow and green) in action for Caernarfon Town

So much experience and willing to pass on information to her team-mates. Can pick a pass out from anywhere, not afraid to get stuck in whether that’s scoring a goal (her free kick in Jersey was amazing) or putting a last minute tackle in.

Centre midfield – Cerys Gadd

Cerys Gadd of Amlwch Town. Picture: Geth Jones, ATFC

Played with Cer in a few teams now, great player whether you need her to sit deep or be part of an attack. Great shot on her and a good team player always willing to help the younger players to gain confidence.

Right wing – Erin Maloney

Fantastic player for her age, can play in multiple positions, has great pace and not scared to run at the defenders. Prolific goalscorer. Again given more opportunities would be a great player.

FORWARDS

Striker – Mari Gibbard

Mari Gibbard (right). Picture: Beverley Hemmings

Not afraid to shoot from anywhere, is great at taking defenders on but again will also pass if others are in a better position.

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