Why Llandudno deserve their Adran North title success in more ways than one

All hail the champions – Llandudno Ladies FC. ALL PICTURES: NIK MESNEY/FAW

LLANDUDNO MANAGER SARAH COLVILLE AFTER WINNING THE GENERO ADRAN NORTH TITLE

“I would like to thank Geoff, Tref and Robbo for being there for me this season, all the players that stood by me this season and choosing to sign for Llandudno Ladies.

“All players and management sponsors throughout the season, also special mention to the many people who supported us week in week out and helped when they could. Llandudno FC for accepting the ladies at the club for many years.

“The main sponsor Crest which got the ladies a new home and away kit.

“Dave Jones for all the publicity he has given the ladies football all season. And everyone who has been there for us throughout the season and got us this far to win the Genero Adran North league. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone.”

DAVE JONES LOOKS BACK ON A DAY NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN……

Llandudno Ladies are deserved winners of the first-ever Genero Adran North League – and not just because they have been the best team.

The Maesdu Maidens have had to deal with some pretty tough times in recent years, but not only have they rebuilt, they have done so in style with the biggest prize ever won by the team as a reward.

Needing just a draw against Wrexham AFC Women last Sunday to be crowned champions of the new tier 2 league, Tudno clinched the title with a thrilling 3-2 triumph – their eighth win in succession.

Wrexham had won 10 on the bounce themselves, and victory at Maesdu Park would have sealed them top spot, but the hosts overturned a 2-1 half time deficit to claim all three points after the interval.

As recently as December 2019, Llandudno’s women’s team had hit a major low point in their short history.

After eight long seasons battling it out in the national Welsh Premier Women’s League, the Seasiders resigned due to ongoing struggles with player shortages and commitment.

Twin sisters Sarah and Claire Colville, the main driving forces of the team from the start, tried to keep the team afloat by applying to join the North Wales Women’s League, but were refused.

Several established players joined other clubs and the future looked bleak, but the Colvilles were adamant the team would be back.

Sarah Colville (centre) with assistant-managers Paul Roberts (left) and Tref Jones

After the 2020-21 season was wiped out by Covid, Llandudno were accepted for the new tier 2 Genero Adran North League for the 2021-22 campaign.

The Colvilles began to build afresh, bringing in a host of new talent and re-signing long-term faithfuls like Stacey Tradewell and Sofie Owen, both past key Welsh Premier players who also helped Tudno reach the Welsh Cup final in 2015-16.

Pre-season went well and it was soon obvious when the serious stuff started that Llandudno would be among the big guns in the eight-team Adran North.

After winning three of their first four – and drawing 3-3 in a thriller with Bethel – Tudno lost for the one and only time in the league this season, 5-3 at Wrexham.

Former Llandudno striker Rosie Hughes was firing them in right, left and centre for her new team and would continue to do so all season.

GENERO ADRAN NORTH FINAL TABLE 2021-22

While Bethel and Connah’s Quay Nomads remained among the front-runners, their title hopes faded in the closing weeks and it ended up a straight shoot-out between Tudno and Wrexham for the championship.

After that defeat at Wrexham in December, Llandudno would never lose again. Eight straight wins and the top position was theirs.

While Wrexham went mightily close to finishing up as champions with their young squad – and indeed they won the Adran North Under-19 League – it all came down to one game and it was perhaps Llandudno’s greater experience which carried them over the line.

There are so many feel-good stories behind Llandudno’s success – a major honour for the Colville sisters at last after so many years’ devoted service, Sofie Owen and Stacey Tradewell rewarded for their loyalty with a league champions’ medal…..

Here are a few other snippets of joy….

Sara Williams

Sara Williams celebrates with her daughter Hope

Not even a regular goalkeeper, but she took on the job at the start of the season and was magnificent.

This long-serving mother-of-three has enjoyed success before with her many other clubs, including Caernarfon Town and Colwyn Bay, but perhaps this is her finest of them all.

Jasmin Dutton

Just wow! This was a Goal from the Gods by Jasmin Dutton

Back with Llandudno this season for a second spell, this former full Wales international and Tranmere Rovers star has been immense in front of the back four.

Her free kick goal to equalise against Wrexham on the final day was totally awesome – Ronaldo could not have struck it better.

Madison Williams

Llandudno’s Wales international Madison Williams

What a first full senior season for this young defender!

As well as representing Wales Under-17’s this term, she is now also a tier 2 league champion. A talent to watch out for.

Ffion Owen

Ffion Owen (stripes) up against Amber Lightfoot of Wrexham

This midfield maestro wins trophies wherever she goes.

North Wales League champion with Caernarfon Town, North Wales Division Two title winner for Amlwch Town and now Adran North victor at Llandudno. Ffion-tastic.

Maddie Williams

Maddie Williams (second from left) celebrates with team-mate Stacey Tradewell at the final whistle after the title-clinching 3-2 win over Wrexham

A Wales Under-16 representative in her younger days, Maddie returned to football in 2019 after a few years out.

She helped form Llanfairfechan’s recreational ladies team, but decided to give the 11-a-side game a go with Llandudno this season.

What an impact! 27 goals scored in all competitions, making her the second highest markswoman in the whole of North Wales football.

Samantha Jarvis-Evans

Featured in more than half of Llandudno’s league matches and never gave anything less than 100 per cent.

Another good servant to the team over the years.

Sofie Owen

Skipper Sofie Owen is overjoyed at winning the league title

Her celebrations at the final whistle on Sunday said it all.

To win a major trophy with the club she has served and loved for so long meant everything to Sofie.

All this might not have looked possible after health and injury worries in recent years, but the skipper never lost focus and was there to accomplish her dreams!

Stacey Tradewell

Stacey Tradewell (left) puts in another big tackle

Stacey and Sofie have their birthdays a day apart and what they also have in common is their undying loyalty and love for Llandudno Ladies FC.

A stunning season for midfielder Stacey has seen her score a career best 15 goals and the motivation she has provided for her team-mates has been equally priceless.

Ella Jones

Sadly her season ended early due to a knee injury, but her remarkable 22 goals in 11 matches before the unfortunate lay-off made this teenage wonder girl one of the stars of 2021-22.

Indie Hassall

Indie made history

When she first came to North Wales on holiday three years ago, surely Indie could never have envisaged she would become the player who clinched her team the league title.

Tudno were 2-1 down before the New Zealander struck twice against Wrexham to seal championship glory.

Indie deserves a letter of congratulations from Jacinda Ardern!

Sioned Phillips

Sioned Wyn Phillips is a title-winner in her first season with Llandudno

The former Bethel and Llanberis forward must be delighted she chose to join Llandudno this season.

She has had a really good campaign, her assist for Indie’s winner against Wrexham will long live in the memory.

Rebecca Jarvis-Evans

The commanding figure of Rebecca Jarvis-Evans

Had a spell away from Maesdu Park with Connah’s Quay in 2019-20, but Rebecca has generally always been a Llandudno player.

She really showed her worth in defence this season and was player of the match in many people’s eyes in the decider against Wrexham.

Ceri Slaney

Like her long-time friend Ffion Owen, Ceri has found winning things to become a habit at previous clubs such as Caernarfon Town and Amlwch Town.

Has chipped in with some vital goals and been an important member of the squad on the right-side of midfield.

Jess Jones

What a diamond Jess has proved to be over the season.

In the final two games, with her two-goal show against Pwllheli and then as an impactive sub versus Wrexham, the pacy left-winger really stepped up to the plate.

Maisy Johnson

A really promising youngster who has contributed some important goals and shown on a regular basis she is a player for the future.

Bethan Smith

Has featured in 11 first team matches over the season so far. Experienced player who has contributed a lot to the squad.

Hannah Smith

Joined the club in February and was involved in 5 league games, mainly as a substitute.

Susie James

Signed for club in March and featured in four matches, scoring once against Airbus.

Cat Jones

Limited playing time this season, but had more than played her part for the cause in past years. Was a welcome presence among the celebrations after the title was won.

That’s not all folks……

The season is not yet over for Llandudno. There are still games to come in the North Wales Coast FA and North East Wales FA Challenge Cups, so more silverware may yet be landed.

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