Llandudno Ladies are the 2021-22 Genero Adran North league champions!

Skipper Sofie Owen (left – armband) and Jasmin Dutton lift the Genero Adran North League champions trophy with their overjoyed team-mates. Picture: NIK MESNEY/FAW

GENERO ADRAN NORTH – MARCH 20, 2022

Llandudno 3 (Dutton 11, Hassall 57 & 88)
Wrexham 2 (Lightfoot 4, Dickens 44)

Llandudno Ladies secured the biggest honour in their history as they were crowned first-ever champions of the tier 2 Genero Adran North League.

Needing just a draw against Wrexham at Maesdu Park to secure the title, the Seasiders bounced back from a below par first half performance to turn a 2-1 interval deficit into a 3-2 victory.

It is a brilliant achievement by Sarah Colville and her management team.

Since Tudno resigned from the Cymru Premier in December 2019, they have steadily developed a new-look squad with a few stalwarts retained – and the result is a league championship at the first attempt.

Yet it could have been a different story today if Wrexham had taken their first half chances.

The opening 45 minutes saw Llandudno struggle to find any rhythm.

Their defending was jittery, passing sloppy, they conceded far too many free kicks in danger areas and as an attacking force they were largely moribund.

Llandudno celebrate Jasmin Dutton’s stunning free kick. Picture: NIK MESNEY/FAW

In fact, they scored from their only goal threat – a stunning free kick from Jasmin Dutton.

Wrexham were first to everything. They never gave their hosts time on the ball, were highly motivated and created a bagful of opportunities.

Top-scorer Rosie Hughes was through on goal in just the third minute. She was clipped in the box and could well have earned a penalty had she gone down, but stayed on her feet and was eventually blocked out by Madison Williams.

Amber Lightfoot puts Wrexham 1-0 up. Pic by Nik Mesney/FAW

However, just a minute later, the Reds were in front. Llandudno failed to clear their lines and Amber Lightfoot was free to fire in from 10 yards.

Hughes should have made it two when she robbed Madison Williams, but shot straight at keeper Sara Williams.

A minute later, against the run of play, Llandudno levelled. A free kick from all of 30 yards was lashed home in sensational style by Dutton, giving keeper Delyth Morgan not a prayer.

Llandudno skipper Sofie Owen was smiling before and after the game. Pic by Nik Mesney/FAW

The hosts settled for a spell, but Wrexham were soon back on the offensive.

Tonicha Dickens lobbed a high ball into the box, but Hughes somehow headed wide from point blank range.

Sara Williams did not get much distance on her punch away from a free kick and Lightfoot blasted over.

Llandudno kept giving away free kicks outside the box and eventually it cost them when Dickens fired one in from the right over the outstretched arms of keeper Wiliams.

And it should have been three when Mia Roberts lobbed into the six-yard box, but Rebecca Pritchard’s header trickled wide when virtually all the Wrexham supporters were celebrating a goal.

Indie Hassall is mobbed after making it 2-2. Pic by Nik Mesney/FAW

HALF-TIME: 1-2

Llandudno badly needed to up their game after the break if they were to clinch the title – and they did.

Suddenly, the hosts were a whole lot more competitive, winning the 50-50’s and finding their passing game, whereas Wrexham went off the boil.

It was all-square in the 57th minute after Katie Sharp’s weak back-pass failed to reach keeper Morgan and New Zealander Indie Hassall stabbed home the equaliser.

Indie Hassall wheels away in celebration after scoring. Pic by Nik Mesney/FAW

This was a significant turning point, as from here Llandudno got on top.

In the 65th minute the home side nearly went ahead when Stacey Tradewell’s volley deflected onto the post.

The introduction of substitutes Jess Jones and Sioned Phillips breathed new life into the Seasiders.

Jones broke down the right and crossed low for Tradewell, who blasted just over.

At this point Llandudno had the title in their hands and in the 88th minute they added the icing on the cake.

Phillips delivered a tantalising ball from the right across the box and arriving on the scene was Hassall, who put away her second of the day and 10th goal of the campaign.

Wrexham tried to rally, Hughes hitting a couple of efforts off target, but after eight minutes of added time the final whistle went and the home players celebrated wildly.

Llandudno Ladies celebrate with the Adran North Trophy, Pic by Nik Mesney/FAW

As for Wrexham, it was a case of what might have been, but to finish runners-up in their first season at tier 2 level is a great achievement. They are a team on the up.

And a big mention for the Wrexham supporters, who turned out in their droves and really added massively to the occasion.

LLANDUDNO

Sara Williams, Madison Williams, Samantha Jarvis-Evans, Rebecca Jarvis-Evans, Jasmin Dutton, Stacey Tradewell (Hannah Smith 90+1), Maddie Williams (Jess Jones 60), Sofie Owen, Indie Hassall, Ceri Slaney (Sioned Phillips 79), Ffion Owen.

WREXHAM

Delyth Morgan, Erin Lovett, Rebecca Pritchard (Libby MacKenzie 90+1), Kim Dutton (Natasha Spearing 78), Rosie Hughes, Tonicha Dickens, Katie Sharp, Lili Jones, Ella Clifton-Stringer, Amber Lightfoot (Sophie Hodson 66), Mia Roberts.

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