Bangor 1876 clinch top four spot after fine win at determined and ever-improving Llangefni

Great action from Llangefni Town (blue) versus CPDM Bangor 1876. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE – APRIL 10

Llangefni Town 2 (Cox 4, H Owen 69)
Bangor 1876 4 (Ceri Lois 5 & 46, J Roberts 51, L Thomas 60)

Llangefni report:

Llangefni returned to action when they welcomed Bangor 1876 to Cae Bob Parry.

It took four minutes for Cefni to take a shock lead when strike partners Ellie Coulson and Jen Cox combined to set up a goal. Cox provided the finish to score her 12th goal of the season.

Bangor responded by going straight up the other end and equalising. When a strike hit the crossbar, the ball fell right at the feet of the returning Ceri Lois, who tapped home to bring 1876 level.

From left: Jen Cox, Ellie Coulson and Ffion Thomas celebrate Llangefni’s opener. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

The rest of the opening 45 proved one of the halves of the season with both sides staying solid but producing chances, two styles of football complimenting the game perfectly.

Bangor’s lovely passing football and Llangefni’s counter attacking speed and power made for a good spectacle and come half time it remained 1-1.

The visitors upped a gear at the start of the second half, Ceri Lois striking again for her eighth goal of the season.

Llangefni keeper Jess Marshall reaches out. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Five minutes later Ceri Lois turned provider to enable Jordan Roberts to make it 3-1.

The home side, now chasing the game, brought on Hannah Owen and tried to step up the pressure only to fall another behind when a Lisa Thomas strike hit centre back Megan Summers-Roberts and went past keeper Jess Marshall to make it 4-1.

Llangefni showed plenty of their usual spirit, never giving up and Cox played Hannah Owen through to hit a lovely finish and give the hosts some hope.

Bangor brought on former Llangefni player Jema Owen to play at Cae Bob Parry for the first time since a friendly against new Tier 2 Champions Llandudno.

The match finished 4-2.  Player of the match: Catrin George.

Goal celebration time for (from left): Lara Cain, Hannah Owen, Nia Ginnelly, Ellie Coulson and Jen Cox. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Llangefni manager Dan Gregg said: “That first half was something special, I think everyone involved on both sides and both sets of fans enjoyed it. 

“It had everything, big tackles, goals, end to end football and plenty of heart from both sides and dugouts.

“It’s a shame we didn’t keep up the tempo in the second half but it was always going to be hard against a Bangor side with such a big pool of players to pick from. Frightening to think they still have big players missing in Lexi Crawley and Danielle Barnfield.

The fact that we matched them stride for stride in the first half shows our improvement doesn’t stop.”

Bangor 1876 report:

Bangor made sure of a top-four finish as they produced a strong second half performance to defeat a much-improved and very spirited Llangefni.

Looking to bounce back from the previous weekend’s NWCFA Challenge Cup loss to NFA, 1876 achieved the desired result.

In a competitive game throughout, 1876 came out on top 4-2 with 2 goals from Ceri Lois and one apiece for top-scorer Jordan Roberts – her 13th of the season – and Lisa Thomas.

Speaking about the win, manager Aron Griffith commented: “We reflected on last week’s game and performance and challenged the team to end our season on a high, so really pleased with the 3 points today.

“It didn’t start as planned with Llangefni taking a deserved lead, but we responded straight away. Llangefni are a good side with quality players and it’s never easy to play against them. At times they caused us problems in that first half to be fair and rattled the crossbar.

“We chatted about a couple of things at half time and tweaked a few things. I think we woke up going into the second half and played some brilliant football, kept more possession, created chances and earned the win. Everyone pulled their weight and didn’t stop. I loved the passion from the girls today and seeing what the win meant to them.

“Our goals were well-worked. It was great to see Ceri Lois back in action and bagging two goals after coming back from injury.

“We now need to move on quickly and focus on next weekend’s game against a strong Northop Hall side.

“Thanks to Llangefni for that brilliant game today and wish them well for the remainder of the season.”

Lois Regan

Assistant manager Lois Regan added: “It was a tough game. Llangefni came out and made it difficult for us in the first half and we couldn’t get our game plan going as we got sucked into their game and they didn’t allow us to play. But we started playing more football in the second half and got what we deserved. The girls should be proud of the performance.”

A pleased Heledd Evans, who captained the side, commented: “Top 4 finish secured! After a few tough weeks and some disappointments we went into the game really wanting to get a result to secure ourselves a top 4 finish.

“The club’s system of integrating younger players into the senior team is paying off. We had a few key players missing today, and some U19’s players had to step up and they showed why they deserved their place in this team.

“We created many chances today but we just couldn’t convert and our ethos of playing simple football, ball to feet and pass and move particularly in that second half proved to be the key to getting the result that we needed.

“Plenty of positives to take from today’s game, and we’re geared up for next week’s away match at Northop Hall. A special thanks to the vocal 1876 family for travelling to Llangefni to support us, it really spurred us on.”

TEAMS

Llangefni Town

Jess Marshall, Nia Ginnelly, Jen Cox, Sian-Elin Morgan-Price, Cara Hughes, Megan Summers-Roberts, Ellie Coulson, Llinos Hughes, Alice Pascall (Frankie Davies 81), Catrin George (Hannah Owen 54), Ffion Thomas (Lara Cain 60).

Bangor 1876

Lucy Richardson, Nia Roberts (Catrin Hughes 76), Heledd Evans, Awel Ellis (Amy Mano 82), Sophie Allsop, Lisa Thomas, Jordan Roberts, Ceri Lois (Jema Owen 70), Elin Jones, Mia Roberts, Chelsea Williams. 

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