Amlwch have much the better of island derby – but each experience helps Cefni learning curve

Great goalmouth action from Cae Bob Parry as Amlwch’s Emily Ridges (No 13 – yellow shirt) looks to get a header in on the Llangefni goal. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

NORTH WALES WOMEN’S FOOTBALL LEAGUE – MAY 8, 2022

LLANGEFNI TOWN 0
AMLWCH TOWN 8 (T Hughes 14 & 54, E Jones 33, 38 & 90+4, S Thomas 34, L Thomas 45+3 & 90+1)

Ellie Sian Jones well and truly made her mark for Amlwch with a hat-trick in an 8-0 Anglesey derby dismantling of Llangefni.

It was a first win in five starts for the visitors, who will now aim to end what has been a great comeback season overall with a couple more victories from their remaining fixtures.

As for Cefni, newcomers to league football this year, it was a disappointing final outing of 2021-22, but the four wins and two draws they had gained already provided assurance that this has been a positive experience for them.

Llangefni players lead their young stars of tomorrow out onto the pitch. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

The afternoon started on a really pleasant note when the Llangefni ladies took the field with the little girls who have attended their coaching sessions in recent months.

When the action started, it was Amlwch who took control, Tesni Hughes giving them a 14th minute lead.

There was then a glut of goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half, which put the visitors out of sight.

Ellie Jones netted on 33 and 38 minutes, Shannon Thomas knocked in her 11th goal of a great season after 34 and yet another promising youngster in the Amlwch ranks, Lowri Thomas, made it 5-0 in stoppage time.

Another goal for The One and Only – Tesni Hughes. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Nine minutes into the second half, top-scorer Tesni Hughes put away her 17th goal of the season.

Conceding just the one goal in the second 45 would have been a moral triumph for Llangefni, but sadly for them Lowri Thomas hit number seven in added time and there was still enough on the clock for Ellie Jones to complete a treble.

Good contest between one of the league’s most exciting newcomers this season, Llangefni striker Jen Cox (blue) and star defender Carol Lewis of Amlwch. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Tough for Cefni, but they were facing a team with more experience of competitive football who bounced right back to form.

TEAMS

Llangefni: Jess Marshall, Nia Ginnelly (c), Jennifer Cox, Hannah Owen, Cara Hughes, Megan Summers-Roberts (Frankie Davies 63), Ellie Coulson (Sian-Elin Morgan-Price 63), Llinos Hughes, Catrin George (Alice Pascall 63), Marissa George, Ffion Thomas. Subs: Sharlee Owen, Lara Cain.

Amlwch: Ceri Pritchard, Shannon Thomas (Catrin Thomas 61), Emma Roberts, Ellie Jones, Carol Lewis (c), Joanna Bramwell, Tesni Hughes, Lowri Thomas, Emily Ridges (Meinir Thomas 57), Sara Furlong, Anna Roberts (Cara Hughes 54). Sub: Caitlin O’Neill.

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