North Wales Women’s League: Wins for Trearddur Bay, Rhyl, 1876 and Amlwch

Gemma Thomas (right – teal and black) celebrates a goal for Bay. Picture: JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

North Wales Women’s League results – Sunday, September 5

Llanystumdwy P Holywell P
NFA 2 Bangor 1876 6
Northop Hall 0 CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1
Trearddur Bay 7 Caernarfon Town 1
Welshpool Town 0 Amlwch Town 2

Trearddur Bay 7 (A Jones 10, G Thomas 18, Smith 45+5, F Davies 53 & 90+1, Paterson-Manning 57, Taylor 66)
Caernarfon Town 1 (Hughes 10)

Joy for the ever-smiling Ashleigh Jones (left) and Gail Paterson-Manning, who both made the scoresheet. Picture: JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

What a way to mark your first competitive official league match!

Trearddur Bay defeated Caernarfon 7-1 at Lon Isallt.

After Tesni Hughes struck first for the visitors, Ashleigh Jones, Gemma Thomas and Hannah Smith made it 3-1 by half time.

In the second half Bay piled on the goals, Freya Davies delivering a double, Gail Paterson-Manning and Chloe Taylor also on target.

Bay took to the pitch for the first time in competitive football against a Caernarfon outfit with a depleted squad of nine due to some players testing positive for COVID-19.

With the hosts also missing a few for the same reason it promised to be an unpredictable game.

The Cofis took the lead when Hughes picked the ball up on the halfway line and embarked on a driving run which ended with a great finish into the corner of the net.

Bay answered within a minute when Ashleigh Jones broke down the left and finished well after cutting in onto her right foot.

Chris Davies’ side made it 2-1 in the 18th minute when Thomas converted from a corner.

Caitlin Howell-Williams of Trearddur Bay (teal) aims to stop Caernarfon launching an attack. Picture: JWO PHOTOGRAPHY

Bay were now having a lot of possession but couldn’t break down the Caernarfon defence until Smith ran down the left, cut in and curled a wonderful shot in off the far post to make it 3-1 half time.

Second half saw the Beach Girls changing shape and looked immediately more comfortable in possession, moving the ball around well and creating chances.

This paid dividends when Davies put the home side up 4-1 before Paterson-Manning added another.

Joy for goalscorer Chloe Taylor

It was Taylor who was on the score sheet next with a close-in finish after good work from Jones down the left. Davies finished from distance to make it 7-1.

Player of the match today was Ashleigh Jones with a goal and two assists.

Trearddur Bay: Lia Huws, Chloe Taylor, Shelley McMullan, Cara Mortimer, Gemma Thomas, Gail Paterson-Manning, Catrin Ellen Jones, Ashleigh Jones, Caitlin Howell-Williams, Freya Davies, Hannah Smith. Subs: Leanne Williams, Stacey Evans, Nicole Norris, Abbie Manning, Georgia Magee.

Northop Hall 0
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1 (Nellist 75)

Candice Nellist scored the only goal as Rhyl 1879 triumphed in their first competitive match.

Nellist, a former Connah’s Quay Nomads striker who once played for Rhyl FC and Tranmere Rovers, made the most of Emily Bentley’s 75th minute assist.

Northop played their part in a close encounter both teams could glean positives from.

Welshpool Town 0
Amlwch Town 2 (Furlong 2)

Amlwch Ladies line up at Welshpool. Two-goal Sara Furlong is pictured fourth from right, back row, to the right of the goalkeeper in pink

Sara Furlong reverted to the role of forward with great success as she scored both of Amlwch’s goals in their first-day win.

Furlong, usually a defender who was part of the Ynys Môn squad which won silver at the 2019 Inter-Island Games, struck twice in the second half at newcomers Welshpool.

Her first goal came following a pass from Lowri Thomas. Furlong controlled, beat a defender and lashed home from outside the box.

Number two saw Emma Roberts burst down the wing and cross, Furlong again took the ball on, approached the keeper and chipped her to score.

NFA 2 (Lloyd 23, Benjamin 59)
CPDM Bangor 1876 6 (G Roberts 11, F Roberts 16, 66 & 81, C Thomas 85, J Roberts 89)

This match has been reported on in depth elsewhere on Grassroots North Wales.

The visitors went two-up through Gwen Roberts and Ffion Roberts, Rachel Lloyd pulled one back and NFA keeper Yasmin Mills was then red carded for handling outside the area.

NFA equalised on 59 minutes through Sade Benjamin, but the away side finished stronger, Ffion Roberts netting two more for a hat-trick, Ceri Lois and Jordan Roberts also on the mark.

Clubs: If you want to send in your own reports after this round-up appears you are more than welcome – I will definitely use them

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