Flashback – five years ago: Llandudno breeze into Women’s Welsh Cup final

Llandudno’s Katie Bowe (stripes) controls the ball in the area while team-mate Rosie Hughes looks on. Photo: Dewi Evans

MBi Llandudno 4 (Tradewell 1, E Morris 25 og, Bukari 35, R Hughes 51)
Denbigh Town 0
FAW Women’s Welsh Cup semi-final – March 20, 2016

MBi Llandudno set up a meeting with Cardiff City FC Women in the 2016 Welsh Cup Final after a convincing 4-0 win over Denbigh Town in a sun-baked semi at Rhyl’s Belle Vue stadium five years ago this weekend.

In the very first minute midfielder Stacey Tradewell’s long-range stunner proved too powerful for Town keeper Netty Jones and Tudno were ahead.

Chelsea Williams had a chance to equalise two minutes later but blasted over the bar.

Llandudno’s Sofie Owen slammed a 20-yard stinger which rattled the post, then Kelsey Davies was denied by good defending before Katie Bowe’s free kick dipped inches over.

Soon after Bowe was thwarted by the legs of keeper Jones, who also managed to keep out Davies’ follow-up.

In the 25th minute Tudno went two-up when Owen’s corner from the left was sliced goalwards by a Denbigh defender and Emily Morris on the line could only fire against her own bar and find the net.

Bowe then smashed a left-foot volley against the bar before defender Jemila Bukari made a fine run into the box and drilled home number three.

Another Bowe strike on the turn was well saved by Jones, who then foiled Tradewell with her legs before the break.

Half-time: Llandudno 3 Denbigh 0

Bowe fired another free kick inches over before in the 51st minute Rosie Hughes skilfully worked herself a shooting position and drove in Llandudno’s fourth.

It was all Tudno as Jones saved from Tradewell and Bowe before Hughes’ header from an Owen corner came back off the bar.

Bowe looked certain to score when she was through on goal, but for once that trusty left foot failed as she skewed her shot wide.
Jones tipped over another Bowe free kick before the end.

Llandudno worthy winners, but bear in mind they were in the Welsh Premier, while Denbigh were in the level below North Wales League and performed marvels just to reach the semi-finals.

TEAMS

Llandudno: Jess Hughes, Jordanne Greenough, Claire Colville (Catherine Higgott 55), Jemila Bukari, Stacey Tradewell (Stephanie Walsh 76), Catrin Thomas, Katie Bowe, Samantha Jarvis-Evans (Rebecca Elliott 88), Kelsey Davies, Sofie Owen, Rosie Hughes.

Denbigh: Netty Jones, Emily Morris, Llio Hafal, Siwan Roberts, Gwawr Williams, Lexie Smith, Lucy Morris, Mari Edwards (Charlotte Morris 87), Sam Blackmore (Chelsea Doherty 62), Chelsea Williams, Joanna McKinney (Ellen Lawson 67).

MATCH STATS

Goals: Llandudno 4 Denbigh 0
Goal Attempts: Llandudno 29 Denbigh 3
Attempts on Target: Llandudno 17 Denbigh 0
Attempts off Target/Blocked: Llandudno 12 Denbigh 3.
Corners: Llandudno 8 Denbigh 0
Yellow Cards: 0-0
Red Cards: 0-0
Attendance: N/A
Player of the Match
Katie Bowe (Llandudno)
Constant threat, did everything but score

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