New Zealand wonder “Indie” mood as Llandudno hammer 14 goals in cup caning

Indie Hassall scored her first hat-trick for Llandudno. Picture: PETER CRITCHLEY

NEWFA WOMEN’S CUP – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Llandudno 14 (F Owen 14 & 82; Hassall 35, 40 & 60; Tradewell 38, 53 & 66; Dutton 47, Johnson 50 & 54; Maddie Williams 62 & 84; Phillips 87)
Welshpool Town 0

New Zealander Indie Hassall and long-serving midfielder Stacey Tradewell both netted hat-tricks as Llandudno rattled up a huge score in today’s NEWFA Cup tie at Maesdu Park.

Former Llanberis player Hassall, 23, is in her first season with Tudno, while by contrast Tradewell has been at the club for several years, but both played an important role in the sinking of Welshpool.

The Powys visitors arrived at Maesdu unbeaten in 2022, having taken 10 points out of a possible 12 in the third-tier North Wales Women’s League, but found high-flying opponents from the tier 2 Genero Adran North a whole new ball game to contend with.

However, Welshpool started off well and looked the hungrier of the two sides in the opening 15 minutes.

Llandudno needed a goal to settle them down and it came through midfield ace Ffion Owen, who latched onto a through ball from Ella Jones and slotted into the top corner.

The hosts were hoping young Ella, scorer of 22 goals in 12 appearances this season but currently on the comeback trail after a long-term injury, would shine in today’s game as she aims to return to top form.

However, the 17-year-old had to come off with a knee pull on the half-hour and was replaced by Tradewell.

Indie Hassall is a real dazzler on the ball. Picture: PETER CRITCHLEY

Llandudno began to find some rhythm and on 35 minutes Jasmin Dutton’s ball over the defence released Hassall to lash into the bottom-left corner.

Tradewell soon got in on the act, taking on a through pass from Maddie Williams and advancing directly at goal before firing home.

In the 40th minute a Maisy Johnson cross was tapped home by Hassall, making it 4-0 at half time.

Straight from the kick off for the second half, Tradewell’s fine pass landed for Dutton, who drilled the ball with some pace into the net.

Maisy Johnson then carried the ball down the right wing, into the penalty area and blasted in number six.

Tradewell’s long range shot in the 53rd minute went through the keeper’s hands.

In no time it was 8-0. Wales international Madison Williams broke through the middle and set up Johnson to slot home.

On the hour, Hassall completed her hat-trick. Bethan Smith took the ball down the left and slipped it inside to the Kiwi, who drove into the box and scored to make it nine.

Maddie Williams got the best of a scramble in the box to bring up double figures in the 62nd minute.

Williams repaid the favour with a long ball across the 18-yard box and Stacey was able to make it a Tradewell treble. The midfielder now has 11 goals for the season – this is thought to be her best-ever total for the team in a single campaign.

The dozen came up when Hassall sped down the left and crossed into the area where Ffion Owen shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

Maddie Williams (on the ball) and Ffion Owen (behind, looking on – stripes) both scored two for Llandudno against Welshpool. Picture: IAN FRANCIS

Maddie Williams put away her second from a Samantha Jarvis-Evans assist and the scoring finally ended when Tradewell crossed for substitute Sioned Phillips to head home.

A lot of credit is due to Welshpool, as they never gave in for the full 90 minutes.

Winning manager Sarah Colville said: “It was a great game for the ladies to get involved in considering we haven’t played for four weeks.

“The ladies played good football and enjoyed getting back onto the pitch. It was good to see so many players on the scoresheet as well.”

Llandudno

Sara Williams
Samantha Jarvis-Evans
Madison Williams
Jasmin Dutton
Maddie Williams
Hannah Smith (Cat Jones 55)
Ella Jones (Stacey Tradewell 30)
Maisy Johnson (Sioned Phillips 76)
Indie Hassall
Ffion Owen
Bethan Smith
Unused subs: Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Jess Jones

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