The time for the first match to be played at Ardudwy’s brand new home ground, Plas Silyn in Penygroes, had arrived. The girls were welcoming Bangor Ladies, who turned up with an impressive force to take on the girls in green. With a little delay due to waiting for umpires, the game was underway, with a fierce blaze ripping across the pitch for the full 70 minutes!
Bangor Ladies were fearless in their attacking, peppering the D with waves of light blue continuously throughout the match, but defiant Jade Wilcockson and Jaqueline Smith worked wonderfull togother to keep the rucous under control. The midfield consisting of Heledd Rowlands, Helen Evans, Hannah Wilson and Kelly Redmayne had a sensational game, flowing across the pitch in dramatic fashion.
The forwards also had moments of pure domination, with Nicola Ashcroft and Felicity Smith being unlucky with their serious strikes on several occassions. Lwsi Roberts was also a roaring power, injecting into the D and working with sister Seren Roberts beside her. Ela Williams kept control of the left hand side, using her dazzling skills to protect the ball and aiming a few careful strikes towards the Bangor keeper, who had a fantastic game.
The Bangor blues had a blast, ensuring that they used the wings cleverlly whilst ensuring keeper Ffion Davies had a busy afternoon and was kept on her toes throughout. By half time the game was still goal less, but with the sheer amount of passion and determination showed by both sides, it was safe to say that goals were sure to come. Second half showed similar displays of vigour and grit, but tensions started to rise, and Nicola Ashcroft ended up having the green card shown to her.
Bangor was the first to open the goal scoring, with Ffion making a save at the first cross goal strike, but Lauren Hassett was there to pick up the loose ball whilst Ffion was trying to get the second dive in quickly. 1-0!
Ardudwy didn’t let it be though, with going 1 goal down being that extra bit of motivation to score! The ball was smashed down the other side and Felicity Smith and Nicola Ashcroft managed to hit the back board after Katie made an initial save but lost her footing.
With the umpires bringing the game to a close, neither team could believe how much the other team would be bringing the game today. A well fought match and deserved score, celebrated with some food at the pub, and enjoying the local banter by the bar too. man of the match Sambucca anyone?
Check out the incredible snaps by team legend Carl Williams below…