Trearddur Bay celebrate first win with victory over Llangefni in thrilling derby

Trearddur Bay’s first goalscorer Freya Davies (left) and the outstanding Ashleigh Jones celebrate the opening goal

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Trearddur Bay 4 (F Davies 27, Manning 40, Taylor 77 & 90+2)
Llangefni Town 2 (Cox 50, Cook 75)

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Trearddur Bay celebrated their first-ever league victory at the expense of Anglesey rivals Llangefni on Sunday.

Although Chris Davies’ side had beaten Caernarfon Town 7-1 at the start of this season, the result was declared void when the Cofis women’s team disbanded after one game.

Since then, Bay had only managed a single point from a draw with Holywell, but the girls from Lon Isallt came good at the weekend.

The game was played in a fairly strong wind off the beach as usual in Trearddur and the home side went with the breeze in the first half.

Celebration time for Bay players (from left): Catrin Ellen Jones, Gail Manning, Gemma Thomas and Heidi Sanderson

A scrappy first couple of minutes saw the ball given away by both teams with no real clear cut chances although the home side was pretty much camped in the Llangefni half.

That was until Jen Cox was played in over the top and was neck and neck with the defence only for Lia Huws to be quick off her line with a challenge just outside the box.

This resulted in a Cefni free kick but with the wind blowing the opposite way it was always going to need something special to score from that distance.

Bay then went up a gear and went close several times before Freya Davies slotted a long distance effort into the far corner of the net from the left.

Ashleigh Jones then hit the side netting and went close with a decent volley. It was the 16th minute when the experienced Gail Manning took a corner to the far post that floated over everyone and into the net for 2-0.

Trearddur almost made it three when Manning hit the crossbar and Chloe Taylor saw her effort go agonisingly wide.

Llangefni showed real grit in defence, and but for some brilliant blocking and tackling it could have been over at the break.

Half-time: Trearddur Bay 2 Llangefni Town 0

Trearddur Bay players and management

Llangefni started the second half with the wind behind them and as early as the fifth minute Cox scored after a mix up in the Bay defence.

This spurred new life into the away team and they upped the pressure, but the same resilience was shown by the Bay defence as Cefni’s in the first half. As a result Town were limited to few chances.

Lia Huws pulled off a couple of great saves to keep Bay ahead.

However, in the 75th minute Llangefni drew level with a stunning goal from Jade Cook.

Cefni now chased the win, while Trearddur started using the ball more on the floor.

It was in the 77th minute and following great work from Heidi Sanderson that Taylor took possession just inside the away half on the left and went on a run, beating a few challenges and working the ball well onto her left foot to finish brilliantly.

Llangefni came again and put Bay under some real pressure, but in the 92nd minute another Sanderson-inspired move saw Taylor break away again to make it 4-2 and clinch the game.

All-round a great performance from Trearddur, with experienced midfielder Ashleigh Jones totally outstanding in what was her finest display yet in a Bay shirt.

Chloe Taylor (third from right) clinched the match with two goals

Trearddur manager Chris Davies said: “I thought we were terrific today, the girls stuck to the game plan brilliantly. We had agreed if we had a choice we’d kick with the wind from the off and would then push our wingers and midfielders further forward.

“We knew the second half would be tough but we also got a great deal of encouragement from getting the ball down in the first half so felt like we could get a goal against the wind when Llangefni were pushing.

“We’ve been unlucky a few times this season and although league tables don’t lie, I feel like we’re better than that reflects. With nearly all our games at home now we hope to push on from here and put in some good performances.

“The club is proud of what these girls have achieved in their first season, not only on the pitch but also starting off a very popular girls youth section to bring through the next crop of footballing talent.”

LLANGEFNI TOWN REPORT…..

Trearddur Bay went with the wind for the first half and were a constant threat throughout, playing some nice football and winning every battle in the middle of the park.

Llangefni’s resistance broke after half an hour when Freya Davies was played through and finished nicely.

Town’s hopes of going in 1-0 down at half time were dashed when on the 40-minute mark the veteran Gail Manning used the wind to her advantage and scored straight from a corner kick into the top bins.

Llangefni came out for the second half with the wind and started to win more battles in the middle, competing more with the immense Ashleigh Jones.

It took five minutes for Cara Hughes to play Jen Cox in to make it 2-1 and give Llangefni a lifeline.

Llangefni celebrate Jade Cook’s wonder goal. Picture: NIONYN WILLIAMS

The visitors then changed formation and brought the returning Llinos Hughes on to go three at the back and Eleanora Coulson replaced Sian-Elin Morgan-Price up top.

In the 75th minute, playing her last game this season for the club before she leaves to start a new journey with the RAF, Jade Cook scored a goal for everyone to remember her by, a fabulous strike from distance bringing Llangefni level at 2-2.

Llangefni kept pushing for the winner but were then caught out twice, over-committing and Chloe Taylor scored a quickfire brace with two lung-busting runs to take the points home deservedly for Trearddur Bay.

Llangefni Dan Gregg said: “I managed Ashleigh Jones for Cybi Women years ago and have always known how good she is, but that was another level today!! We couldn’t lay a finger on her for the first half. She won every tackle…every 50/50, every header, she was everywhere.

“We competed much better in the second half and just over-committed towards the end. I’ll take that on my shoulders, at 2-2 I should have settled for a point and tried to tighten things up and changed back to four in defence.

“Credit to Trearddur Bay, who didn’t just use the wind in that first half, they played football! Kept the ball on the deck and showed great improvement.”

TEAMS

Trearddur Bay

Lia Huws, Shelley McMullan, Danielle Hesketh, Catrin Ellen Jones, Gemma Thomas, Stacey Evans, Freya Davies (Rhian Griffiths 53), Chloe Taylor, Heidi Sanderson, Ashleigh Jones, Gail Manning. Other subs: Beth McEachern, Saffron Williams.

Llangefni Town

Gemma Lancaster, Nia Ginnelly, Jennifer Cox, Hannah Owen, Sian-Elin Morgan-Price (Ellie Coulson 68), Cara Hughes (Llinos Hughes 67), Megan Summers-Roberts, Jade Cook, Catrin George, Marissa George, Ffion Thomas. Other subs: Frankie Davies, Alice Pascall, Sharlee Owen.

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