Bethel and Llanystumdwy could both take major positives from this game

Ellie Williams (right – maroon and black) scored her first goal for Bethel. Picture: CHRIS HOWELLS

Bethel 8 (L Evans 15, 50 & 58; S Jones 19, 70 & 82; E Williams 25, A Evans 40)
Llanystumdwy 2 (Mpuku, O’Brien)

Lois Evans and Shannon Jade Jones both scored hat-tricks for Bethel in a game where both sides could glean plenty of positives.

The hosts welcomed a much improved Llanystumdwy side to San Seilo for a competitive pre-season test.

The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams struggling to settle down. Although Bethel had most of the ball, Llanystumdwy pressed well and worked hard out of possession.

It was Bethel who struck first. Yasmin Williams lashed a fierce free kick that was tipped onto the bar and Lois Evans reacted quickest to tap home the rebound.

Shannon Jones got in on the act shortly after, her looping shot from 25 yards beating the Llan goalkeeper.

The third was a first senior goal scored by Ellie Williams. The pacy winger beat her defender and poked the ball into the far corner.

On the stroke of half time, good hold up play and an unselfish pass from Lois Evans set up Angharad Evans who found the top corner with a first time shot.

Bethel made several changes at half time, giving senior debuts to Kyla Cain, Erin Gibbard, Ceri Hickey and Beca Parry, all players from the under 16’s side, along with a second appearance for goalkeeper Catrin Beech.

Quickly after the break, Lois Evans doubled her tally as she ran clear of the Llan defence and hammered home.

Lois then secured her first hat-trick in a Bethel shirt as she reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box.

Llanystumdwy never gave in and pulled a goal back through Grace Mpuku as a defensive error allowed her to tap into an empty net.

Lois Evans was involved again as her deft header was cleared off the line and fell to Shannon Jones who scored her second with a left footed shot.

Llan then scored their second after an inswinging corner from Malen Williams was met with a thumping header from Shona O’Brien.

But Bethel were to have the last say and it was Shannon who completed her hat-trick. She beat three players on the edge of the box before curing an effort into the far right corner.

Llanystumdwy report….

Llanystumdwy are getting better all the time

It’s been nine months since we played our first ever game against Bethel in Llanystumdwy, during which time Covid has brought lockdowns and a real hindrance to the squad and team development as well as changes in management and player personnel.

Tonight’s game was the perfect way of measuring our progress. We always knew it was going to be a tough game against an amazingly talented team.

The girls showed in the first half that they have character as both teams played some good football during the opening 20 minutes, each creating chances.

After this, Bethel went up 3-0 in a matter of 10 minutes with some great attacking football. The Llan girls kept going with the pressure building from the Bethel attack leading up to half time with the score at 4-0.

In the second half a quick formation change lead to Llan playing 3 at the back, 5 across the midfield and 2 up front.

A debut for mother and daughter duo 16-year-old Leonie and her mum Sarah O’Hara were a couple of stand out performances along with a first appearance for Sara Lacey in goal for the first half.

Grace looked lively in the second half to get her goal – scoring her second of the pre-season. Llan’s second came from a corner, a beautifully taken inswinging corner by Malen Fflur calmly nodded home at the back post by Shona O’Brien in some space for her first for Llan.

Bethel kept up the pressure throughout to score 4 more, including from the last kick of the match.

Still work to be done, but it’s great to see the hard work the girls are putting in paying off. Massive thanks to Bethel Ladies for hosting us and for the game.

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