12 top games in North Wales women’s football so far this season

Fflur Williams (11) heads home a last gasp equaliser for Bethel against Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Welsh Cup. Picture: PATRICK CAIN

We’ve had some great games across the North Wales women’s football map so far this season.

There have been 97 matches in total to date featuring our teams. Here, Grassroots North Wales chooses 12 of the best.

No 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

November 7 – North Wales Women’s League

Northop Hall 2 (Bethan Hughes, Brygida Gorecka)
Llanystumdwy 3 (Hana Wellings, Grace Mpuku, Sarah O’Hara)

Llanystumdwy’s Grace Mpuku

They lost their first game 12-0, were beaten in three of their first four, so few would have given Llanystumdwy much chance of success at established Northop Hall.

Few except Llanystumdwy that is. The villagers fought back from 2-0 down to record an amazing victory.

Bethan Hughes and Brygida Gorecka gave the Hall a two-goal lead, but Hana Wellings pulled one back before the break.

Grace Mpuku levelled early in the second half, then mum-of-eight Sarah O’Hara sent the visiting supporters wild by heading in the winner.

No 2

October 17 – FAW Welsh Cup round three

Bethel 2 (Mari Gibbard, Fflur Williams)
Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Chelsea Bloor, Kirstie Kural) – Bethel won 5-4 pens

Sioned Hughes-Williams was a true hero for Bethel

If you beat Bethel once, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically defeat them again.

Llandudno found this out and so did Connah’s Quay.

Seven days after losing 3-0 to the Nomads in the Adran Trophy, the maroons turned the tables in a Welsh Cup thriller at the San Seilo.

Chelsea Bloor put the visitors ahead, Mari Gibbard equalised before half time, while Gwenno Bolton fired a penalty against the bar for Bethel.

The tie was in the 90th minute when Kirstie Kural edged Quay back in front.

Fflur Williams headed in a dramatic equaliser, only for Nomads to win a penalty seconds later, but Sioned Hughes-Williams saved from Kural.

So it was down to spot-kicks and Bethel triumphed 5-4.

No 3

November 7 – North Wales Women’s League

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 1 (Rachael Nattrass)
Amlwch Town 1 (Tesni Hughes)

Tesni Hughes (second right) scored for Amlwch at Rhyl

This was a classic, a real feel-good game.

The skillful and attacking play of Rhyl came up against the team-spirit and determination of Amlwch, who travelled with just 12 players.

Tesni Hughes put the visitors in front on 67 minutes before Rachael Nattrass’ sublime free kick made it all-square after 78.

Ceri Pritchard had an outstanding game in goal for Amlwch, while Rhyl keeper Lauren Jones kept her team in it with a wonder save at 1-0.

No 4

October 3 – Welsh Cup round two

Pwllheli 2 (Lois Thomas, Katie Bowe)
Llandudno 1 (Ffion Owen)

Match-winner Katie Bowe

One of the greatest results in Pwllheli’s recent history.

Taking on the 2016 Welsh Cup finalists and long-time Welsh Premier outfit Llandudno, Pwll provided quite an upset in front of the TV cameras.

Ffion Owen scored first for Tudno, but Lois Thomas used her pace and finishing skills to equalise before Katie Bowe, who played and scored a stunner for the Seasiders in that 2016 final, turned out to be Pwllheli’s match-winner.

No 5

November 21 – NWCFA Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-finals

CPD Pwllheli 3 (Sioned Jones, Lois Thomas, Sarah Gray)
NFA 4 (Rachel Lloyd 2, Emily Jones, Sade Benjamin)

Sade Benjamin (left) scored the decider for NFA. Picture: GETHIN JONES

Welsh Cup giant-killers Pwllheli were victims of an upset themselves as North Wales League side NFA prevailed in added time.

Emily Jones’ goal gave the visitors a half-time lead, Sioned Jones equalised before Rachel Lloyd’s long-range effort put the Rhyl girls 2-1 up on 84 minutes.

Pwllheli were far from finished, Lois Thomas making it two-apiece to force extra time.

Sarah Gray scored the hosts’ third on 92 minutes, Lloyd levelled it again and Sade Benjamin put away the decider in the 119th minute. What a tie!

No 6

October 31 – Genero Adran North

Connah’s Quay Nomads 4 (Francesca Scott 2, Llinos Hughes, Tamara Hamer) Llandudno 1 (Stacey Tradewell)

Francesca Scott. Pic: NCM MEDIA

In just her second game in a Nomads shirt, new signing Francesca Scott proved her worth with a double strike to help sink Llandudno.

The Quay proved they were truly a force to be reckoned with in the tier 2 league with this result, Llinos Hughes and Tamara Hamer also on target. Tudno played better than the score suggests and grabbed a consolation through Stacey Tradewell.

No 7

September 26 – North Wales League

Amlwch Town 1 (Emma Roberts)
NFA 3 (Sade Benjamin, Amy Webster, Molly Brown)

Emma Roberts netted for Amlwch

Yet again NFA proved they could be the dark horses in the North Wales League title race with this win at Lon Bach.

Andy Lloyd’s side are the only team to beat leaders Amlwch in the league this season.

Emma Roberts scored a popular goal for Town, but Sade Benjamin, Amy Webster and Molly Brown struck to seal the points for the visitors.

No 8

September 12 – Genero Adran Trophy

Llandudno 6 (Ella Jones 4, Jasmin Dutton, Maddie Williams)
Bethel 1 (Katie Midwinter)

Ella Jones

Seventeen-year-old Ella Jones well and truly announced her arrival on the senior soccer stage with four goals in Llandudno’s cup thrashing of Bethel.

At this early stage of the season, it looked like Tudno had the capacity to beat everyone out of sight, but it has since become a much more level playing field between them, Bethel, Nomads and Wrexham.

No 9

October 24 – Genero Adran North

Llandudno 3 (Maddie Williams, Indie Hassall, Ella Jones)
Bethel 3 (Ffion Williams 2, Mari Gibbard)

Ffion Williams

Just weeks after crashing 6-1 at Maesdu Park, Bethel showed their mettle by getting a draw at the same ground in a game they should have won.

Ella Jones’ injury time stunner rescued a point for Tudno, whose other scorers were Maddie Williams and Indie Hassall.

Bethel led 2-1 and 3-2, Ffion Williams netting twice and ex-Llandudno striker Mari Gibbard the other.

No 10

November 7 – North Wales Women’s League

Trearddur Bay 2 (Sarah Flower, Ashleigh Jones)
Holywell 2 (Leah Davies Williams, Zoe Stopford)

Zoe Stopford (dark strip) scored for Holywell. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Both sides earned their first points in a game which produced a dramatic ending.

Holywell looked to have things under control after Leah Davies Williams and Zoe Stopford put them two-up.

Sarah Flower pulled one back, then late on Ashleigh Jones made it 2-2.

No 11

December 12 – North Wales Women’s League

Llangefni Town 2 (Ellie Coulson, Tasha Jones pen)
Holywell 2 (Zoe Stopford pen, Courtney Lancaster)

Tasha Jones equalised with a late, late penalty

Another drama involving Holywell saw them again lead 2-0 only to concede twice in added time and fail so agonisingly once more to record that first-ever win.

Zoe Stopford’s penalty and Courtney Lancaster’s fine strike looked to have sealed it for the Wellwomen, but substitute Ellie Coulson’s goal gave Cefni hope before a 96th spot kick awarded for handball was put away by Tasha Jones.

No 12

October 10 – Genero Adran Trophy

Bethel 0
Connah’s Quay Nomads 3 (Kirstie Kural, Llinos Hughes, Shannon Hobbs)

Shannon Hobbs (red) scored Nomads’ third. Picture: NCM MEDIA

Nomads proved they have the beating of anyone in their division with an impressive and clinical group trophy win at the San Seilo.

Kirstie Kural, Llinos Hughes and Shannon Hobbs produced the goals which delivered a deserved victory in a cracking game between two quality sides.

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