Women’s and men’s football Sunday previews

Can Llandudno Ladies add to their trophy collection on Sunday? Or will it be NFA’s day? Picture@ NIK MESNEY/FAW

NORTH WALES FOOTBALL SUNDAY FIXTURES AND PREVIEWS – MAY 8, 2022

RHYL AND DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE CUP FINALS (at Y Morfa, Conwy Borough)

MATTY PEREZ CUP FINAL (11 am)

Royal Oak v Conwy Comrades

Comrades leading scorer Jamie Haggas. Picture: DYLAN JONES

Two teams that were in the league title race virtually right to the end will be keen to finish the season with some silverware.

Oak will certainly aim to perform better than they did in a 10-0 defeat to Comrades three weeks ago.

Sunday represents Rhyl side Oak’s only chance of winning a trophy this season, whereas Comrades also have the Lee Jones Trophy final against Mally to come.

PREMIER CUP FINAL (2 pm)

FC Mally v Y Clwb

FC Mally already have two trophies in the bag

Junction giants Mally will aim to make it a treble when they take on Y Clwb.

Already league champions and NWCFA Sunday Challenge Cup winners, Andy Colville’s side has a fourth quadruple in their sights.

They can complete three legs out of four if they overcome Glan Conwy’s Y Clwb, who lost 4-1 to Mally in the Challenge Cup final, but drew with them 2-2 in a recent league game.

NORTH WALES COAST FA WOMEN’S CHALLENGE CUP FINAL (2.30pm at Bastion Gardens, Prestatyn)

Llandudno v NFA

Maddie Williams is Llandudno’s top scorer with 31 goals

Tier 2 Ardal North champions Llandudno take on NFA, currently second in the Tier 3 North Wales Women’s League.

Sarah Colville’s side will make it a double if they can beat opponents from a level below and Tudno could yet land a treble as they are also in the NEWFA Cup final, where they meet Connah’s Quay Nomads at Ruthin on May 15.

NFA are a very useful side with a potent attacking trio in Amy Webster, Emily Jones and Sade Benjamin.

The underdogs include several ex-Rhyl FC players in their ranks who will be familiar with the Llandudno girls.

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S LEAGUE (2 pm)

Holywell v Trearddur Bay

Trearddur Bay’s Gail Paterson-Manning knows where the goal is

Holywell would love to claim their second league win of the season at the expense of a Trearddur side they drew 2-2 with in Anglesey back in November.

Bay are much improved in recent times, but have yet to win away. They will see Sunday as an ideal time to break their travelling duck.

Top scorer Gail Paterson-Manning scored twice for Bay last weekend and might just be hitting form at the right time.

Llangefni Town v Amlwch Town

The most improved Cara Hughes is back for Llangefni

Llangefni will be all out to end their promising debut campaign with a home win in an Anglesey derby.

Cefni were beaten 6-0 at Amlwch last October, but are sure to aim to improve vastly on that scoreline.

Cara Hughes returns from work commitments hoping to show off her “most improved” skills which earned her a club award recently.

This diamond girl is back too

Marissa George and Hannah Owen are also back after missing the recent loss at Rhyl 1879.

The youngsters from the Thursday night girls sessions will be walking out with the senior side and will take part in a little football session before the game.

Amlwch are assured of at least fourth place but have failed to win in their last four outings.

Llanystumdwy v Bangor 1876

Sunday will see the 1876 senior team bring their league season to a close with an away match versus Llanystumdwy.

With at least a guaranteed third-place league finish already secured, the team will be looking to continue their recent unbeaten run of form and end the season with a win.

Manager Aron Griffith commented: “We’re really looking forward to what will be our final game of the season.

“Llanystumdwy are an ever-improving side. They have excellent players who work hard for each other so again this is no easy game for us. We fully expect another competitive match.

Bangor 1876 manager Aron Griffith

“We’ve enjoyed our games against them this season. They’ve been good matches, played in the right way. Thankfully we’ve come out on top and been able to come away with a result.

“Having said that, we hope to end this season on a high but more importantly with a good performance. We had a really good training session this week and the team have been playing well in recent games so let’s try to carry this on to the end. That’s the challenge we’ve set them.

“I’ve every confidence that the team can go out there and perform to the levels that we all know they can and come away with a result. However this will only happen if we approach the game in the right way with the right attitude and endeavour.

“Whatever happens on Sunday, I’m really proud of this team given we only played our first friendly back in May 2021. What they’ve achieved as a collective this season from a standing start is impressive and we’ve come a long way together.

“We’ve had a good first season in this league with much more positives than negatives which should hold us in good stead as we start to prepare for next season and beyond.”

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