Who were Ynys Môn’s goal queens this season?

Tesni Hughes was Ynys Môn’s goalden girl this season. Picture: GETHIN JONES

Anglesey’s football men scored goals for fun all season, as we saw in the final table for the Bob Brodie Trophy.

But what about the women?

This season, it was fantastic to see THREE Ynys Môn ladies teams competing in the North Wales Women’s League – Amlwch Town, Llangefni Town and Trearddur Bay.

Amlwch, whose future looked in jeopardy last summer as they were struggling to raise a squad, not only got a group of players together, they also went on to have a tremendous season, finishing fourth in the standings.

Carol Lewis’ warriors became the first team to take a point off invincible champions CPD Y Rhyl 1879 and introduced some brilliant new young players to the league.

Llangefni Town returned to competitive women’s football after a good few years absence.

Led by young enthusiast Elwen Evans, two managers took the helm before Holyhead man Dan Gregg stepped into the role at the start of the season.

Some new teams need a good few matches before settling and getting that first win, but Cefni enjoyed victory in their very first game!

They beat Welshpool 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Jennifer Cox (soon to be christened Cox in the Box), Lara Cain (sister of Bethel midfielder Jody Cain and Y Felinheli talents Ryan and Jack Cain) and Hannah Owen, the face of the amazing Sea Shanty.

Llangefni suffered a few heavy defeats against the higher-placed sides, but also picked up wins and draws and gathered an excellent debut total of 14 points.

Unlike Llangefni, Trearddur Bay did not hit the ground running, but they certainly ended the season with a tremendous finishing burst.

Ending on 12 points, wins over Cefni, Welshpool and Llanystumdwy were outstanding.

They actually made Lon Isallt quite a fortress, and like Llangefni introduced some great new talents to the league.

More experienced names like Gemma Thomas, Ashleigh Jones, Chloe Taylor and Gail Paterson-Manning shone bright alongside new stars such as Freya Davies, Saffron Williams, Lia Huws, Catrin Ellen Jones and Caitlin Howell-Williams.

TOP GOALSCORERS

These were Anglesey’s top five goalscorers across all competitions in 2021-22:

Tesni Hughes (Amlwch Town) – 19 goals

Tesni on stage – yr un ac yn unig

The One and Only is always in tune when she performs on stage and hit all the right notes on the football field too.

Tesni scored 19 goals for a reborn Amlwch, her pace and direct running style making her a nightmare for defenders.

She put Town ahead in their excellent 1-1 draw at champions Rhyl 1879, scored five in a game against Welshpool Town, four versus Llanystumdwy and a hat-trick v Holywell.

Jennifer Cox (Llangefni Town) – 12 goals

The blue angel

Like a Jack in the Box, she popped up and became one of the league’s most eye-catching markswomen – the dynamic Jen Cox.

It doesn’t get any better than a hat-trick on debut, as Jen achieved against Welshpool and she went on to develop real consistency in front of goal.

Forming a good partnership up front with Ellie Coulson, aircraft engineer Jen was great to watch in flight, that late burst of pace often leading to her finding the net.

One of THOSE celebrations. Pictures: DAI SINCLAIR

She also grabbed doubles in wins over Trearddur Bay and Llanystumdwy. Her trademark headscarf and lively goal celebrations made her a dazzling personality on the park. Minus injuries, she would likely have scored a few more.

Shannon Thomas (Amlwch Town) – 11 goals

Shannon (right) celebrates a goal with Sara Furlong (16). Picture: GETHIN JONES

Playing in a more advanced role, Shannon was superb in attack, never giving defenders a moment’s peace.

Her total of 11 goals was the best in her career to date. She’s always had an eye for goal, and this aspect of her game has improved every season.

Shannon’s main highlight was her first hat-trick for the team on February 27 in an 11-1 beating of Llanystumdwy – just a day after her birthday.

Sorry, have to use this one again – the happiest photo ever and I adore it. Shannon and Joanna Bramwell. Picture: GETHIN JONES

She also hit doubles against Rhyl 1879, Trearddur Bay and Holywell.

BOOM! You’ve been blasted by Shannon the Cannon.

Lowri Thomas (Amlwch Town) – 9 goals

Seventeen-year-old sensation. Picture: GETHIN JONES

Another tremendous young talent who came on in leaps and bounds for a new-look Amlwch this season.

Lowri scored twice against Llangefni Town, Northop Hall and Trearddur Bay and thrilled with her pace and ball skills.

At only 17, fast as a Lynx and full of fire, she is definitely one to watch.

Sara Furlong (Amlwch Town) – 7 goals

This great player proved her worth many times this season. Picture: GETHIN JONES

Sara set the tone for Amlwch’s season when she scored twice in their opening day 2-0 win at Welshpool.

She also delivered doubles versus Llangefni and in another win over Welshpool.

On Anglesey duty in 2019

Her game was about much more than goals, Sara’s adaptability always making her an asset to the team.

Fabulous Furlong’s pedigree is well-known – she was part of Ynys Môn’s silver medal winning team at the 2019 Inter-Island Games. When she played in the final she was temporarily nicknamed Final Furlong.

Also……

Gail Paterson-Manning (Trearddur Bay) – 5 goals

A true Anglesey treasure

The highly-experienced Gail was Bay’s top-scorer this season with 5 goals. She actually scored six having netted one in the opening day 7-1 win over Caernarfon Town, but the Cofis’ withdrawal made that result void.

Five might not seem an awful lot, but Trearddur spread their goals through the squad, many players making contributions.


Most of Gail’s goals came towards the end of the season and coincided with her team’s excellent last few weeks of the campaign.

Having a player of her background on board has been invaluable to Chris Davies and his management team. A true Gail Force of the island.

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