MBi Llandudno Ladies 4 (Owen 54, 62 and 82; Greenough 47)
PILCS 3 (Vasconcelos 1, Murphy 13 and 81)
Welsh Premier Women’s League – 2015-16
Sofie Owen was a hat-trick hero for a Llandudno side which fought back from two-down to defeat mighty PILCS at Maesdu Park five years ago.
The win edged Tudno out of the Welsh Premier bottom three.
Yet it was very much a game of two halves, with 10-player PILCS dominating the first 45 minutes and deserving to be more than two-up at the interval.
Llandudno could not have made a worse start.
Inside the first 15 seconds, criminal defending from the home side allowed Jassie Vasconcelos to put the Pontypool side in front.
Llandudno roared back, a Katie Louise Bowe flick giving Jemila Bukari a great chance from 10 yards, but the defender skewed her effort wide.
A minute later Bowe’s inswinging corner arrived at the back post where Owen was unable to knock the ball over the line.
Things got tougher for the Seasiders on 13 minutes when Alana Murphy was allowed to advance far too easily and lash home a powerful shot from 20 yards.
Tudno’s performance dipped further and PILCS got well on top. The visitors pressed incessantly, were first to every ball, while Llandudno’s passing was well below par.
Ceri Hudson back-heeled against the post after great work from Lyndsey Davies, then Murphy forced Jess Hughes into a fine save at her near stick.
Davies headed against the underside of the bar, then Murphy shot wide with only Hughes to beat.
Half time came and Llandudno were very fortunate to only be two behind.
Half-time: Llandudno 0 PILCS 2
Whatever was said by a tea-cup and fun-size Mars bar throwing Sarah Colville in the Tudno dressing room at the break certainly had the desired effect as the hosts emerged a different proposition for the second period.
It is believed the gifted Stacey Tradewell was told to stop imagining she was playing Rainbow Riches and instead hit the jackpot in the midfield! And it worked – as every nudge was a winning one in the second half.
Llandudno needed an early goal and it came when Jordanne Greenough’s delivery from the right found its way into the net.
Tudno now became a real attacking force, with the pacy Kelsey Davies down the right posing a major threat to a now tiring PILCS back line.
In the 54th minute it was all-square when Davies was picked out in space on the right side of the box and her low cross left Owen with an easy finish.
Home keeper Hughes made a great stop from Murphy to keep it at 2-2 and then on 62 minutes the comeback was complete.
Davies showed fantastic skill on the right before slipping the ball to Owen, whose effort appeared somewhat mishit, yet trickled in off the post for 3-2.
Llandudno were now on the rampage, Bukari hitting a superb 30-yarder which had keeper Charlotte Hastings scrambling to her right to save.
From the resulting corner, Bowe almost directly found the net, but the danger was cleared.
Bowe then turned beautifully inside the box, but a piledriver from her famous left foot missed by inches.
Against the run of play PILCS made it three each in the 81st minute when Hughes kept out Katrina French’s strike, but Murphy followed up to find the roof of the net.
A minute later, however, a Bowe corner caused confusion in the PILCS defence and Owen pounced for her hat-trick and the winner.
Llandudno: Jess Hughes, Jordanne Greenough, Claire Colville (Becky Jarvis-Evans 88), Catrin Thomas, Jemila Bukari, Stacey Tradewell, Kelsey Davies, Samantha Jarvis-Evans, Alys Marsh-Hughes (Becky Elliott 63), Katie Louise Bowe, Sofie Owen.
GOALS: Llandudno 4 PILCS 3
GOAL ATTEMPTS: Llandudno 18 PILCS 14
ATTEMPTS ON TARGET: Llandudno 11 PILCS 7
ATTEMPTS OFF TARGET/BLOCKED: Llandudno 7 PILCS 7
CORNERS: Llandudno 5 PILCS 5
YELLOW CARDS: Llandudno 0 PILCS 0
RED CARDS: Llandudno 0 PILCS 0
ATTENDANCE: 28 people and 84 seagulls (who did not pay admission)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Sofie Owen (Llandudno)