Heroic Pwllheli bow out of Trophy, Nomads back top of Adran North, Rhyl 1879 deliver a dozen

Rosie Hughes (red) is on target for Wrexham against Bethel. Picture: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL REPORTS – SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

ADRAN TROPHY KNOCKOUT STAGE (ROUND OF 16)

CPD Pwllheli 0 Cardiff City FC Women 3

Da iawn Pwllheli – the North Wales underdogs put up a great battle before finally going out of the Adran Trophy to Premier division favourites City.

Having lost four on the bounce on the back of an eight-match winning run, the hosts were clear outsiders to cause an upset, but they held the South Wales visitors to 0-0 for 39 minutes before Phoebie Poole grabbed a quick double prior to the break.

Zoe Atkins added a third on 51 minutes and some may have expected the floodgates to open, but Pwllheli defended determinedly for the rest of the encounter, goalkeeper Elena Julio her usual excellent self

While the Adran North hosts were unable to create many openings, they did give illustrious opponents a tough test.

Cardiff Met 8 Llandudno 0

While the final score shows an emphatic win for the students, the result did not tell the full story of a game where Llandudno played well in stages.

Met did what they should have done – win convincingly. Their team is one of vast experience, winning Welsh Premier titles and performing in Europe, whereas Llandudno are now a tier 2 team still in rebuild.

GENERO ADRAN NORTH

Airbus UK Broughton 1 Connah’s Quay Nomads 3

Tamara Hamer (grey shirt) scored Quay’s third. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Nomads returned to the Adran North summit with a 3-1 success at local rivals Airbus.

The only northern team to apply for Tier 1 next season, the Quay proved again they are worthy title contenders with a hard-fought win over the Wingmakers.

Kirstie Kural broke the deadlock with her 20th goal of the season on 10 minutes.

Tegan Hewitt equalised from the penalty spot, but Kylie Jones made it 2-1 to the visitors just before half time.

Tamara Hamer’s 59th minute strike completed the scoring.

Denbigh Town 1 Llanfair United 2

Denbigh narrowly missed out on a first point

Denbigh came so close to earning their first point of the season as they pushed their visitors all the way.

After a goalless first half, Tonicha Lloyd edged Llanfair in front in the 69th minute, then Nia Ellis added a second on 80.

Town kept battling and Catrin Davies finished off an Elen James Owen assist in the 89th minute to give the home side hope, but they could not force an equaliser.

Denbigh manager Ellen Lawson said: “Gutted we came away without at least a point. Couple of silly mistakes but otherwise couldn’t fault anyone.

“Everyone stepped up this week, brilliant attitude and commitment as always…it’s great too see improvements weekly.”

Wrexham 6 Bethel 2

Wrexham hat-trick heroes Rosie Hughes and Amber Lightfoot (right). Picture: GEMMA THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY/WREXHAM AFC

Rosie Hughes and Amber Lightfoot both notched hat-tricks for Wrexham who sent Bethel crashing to their first league defeat of the season.

Fflur Williams gave the visitors a 10th minute lead, and only an incredible save from Delyth Morgan stopped them from making it two.

Hughes replied from the penalty spot on 27 with her 30th goal of the campaign.

Five minutes before the break a tremendous strike from distance by Lightfoot put the reds 2-1 up at half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, Wrexham earned another penalty which this time Lightfoot converted.

Hughes rounded the keeper to make it four before in the 69th minute Lightfoot’s superb finish put her on 13 goals for the season.

In the 73rd minute Hughes completed her sixth hat-trick of the season and rose her personal tally to 32 in all competitions.

Katie Midwinter provided a consolation for Bethel with a typically sensational effort, but this was very much Wrexham’s day.

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE

Llanystumdwy 1 CPD Y Rhyl 1879 12

Niomi Taylor hit three goals for Rhyl

Candice Nellist struck five goals for a Rhyl side which returned to the North Wales Women’s League pinnacle with a ruthless demolition of Llan.

Top-scorer Nellist moved up to 17 goals this season for the Bellevue girls, who were today managed by Joy Jamieson and Cassie Thomas in the absence of regular chief Darren Wardle.

Niomi Taylor grabbed a hat-trick and Rebecca Bannister added two for the visitors, Tegan Crockett and Rachael Nattrass also on the mark.

Grace Mpuku was the home markswoman.

NFA 4 Northop Hall 1

Sade Benjamin (left) scored twice for NFA. Picture: GETHIN JONES, AMLWCH TOWN FC

Rhyl-side NFA edged into third after a second home win over the Hall this season – the other coming in the Welsh Cup.

First half goals from Sade Benjamin, Amy Webster and Emily Jones’ 14th of the season put the hosts in total command.

Benjamin added a fourth early in the second half, her 12th goal this term, and down to some tremendous goalkeeping from Hall’s Bethan Thomas it remained 4-0 until Ella Butler notched a late consolation for the Flintshire side.

Welshpool Town 5 Trearddur Bay 0

A second win of the season for Welshpool but no goalscorers supplied.

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