Relocating to the pitch at Penygroes for their latest home game, Ardudwy ac Arfon took to the wet and windy astro on Saturday, November 7th to take on mid-Walian rivals Llanfair Caereinion. Having previously encountered this young team at the start of season cup competition, Ardudwy knew not to underestimate their fit and pacey opposition.
The game got underway with Ardudwy taking the first push back and the girls in green were on the attack from the off. The ball was released to Kelly Redmayne on the right who successfully used her speed and skill to carry the ball down the wing before putting in the first of a series of excellent crosses to captain Jacqueline Smith. As the first half continued, Redmayne continued to make effective progress down the right-hand side, frequently releasing the ball to a well-positioned Gwenno Davies, who carried the ball into the D providing a number of scoring opportunities, which Smith was able to convert on a couple of occasions to put Ardudwy ahead 2-0. A cross from Flick Brown out on the left wing gave Smith the opportunity to slot home a third just before half time, taking the score to 3-0 at the break.
Ardudwy continued to dominate in the second half, with birthday girl Clare Barwood tirelessly working in midfield to win the ball before using her great close control skills to outwit the opposition and get the ball to Anna Hume and Gwenllian Owen upfront. However, the home team didn’t have it all their own way, Llanfair worked hard to win possession and looked dangerous on the break, but the sterling defence of Jade Wilcockson and Bethan Jones meant that keeper Catrin Parry was only troubled by a couple of shots, which she attacked and cleared with ease. On the left, Ann Goddard also defended well, fighting for every ball and working her way out of the Ardudwy 25 and gaining valuable yards up the wing. Throughout the game, Ardudwy had a number of short corner opportunities and with the game moving into the final quarter, Barwood stepped up and scored a beautifully placed drag flick. A few minutes later, another short corner saw Smith’s strike take a deflection from a Llanfair defender to bring the score to 5-0.
As the final whistle blew, there was just time for a quick three cheers and handshakes all round before the girls headed off for some well-deserved birthday cake, courtesy of Barwood. In difficult conditions, the girls in green cemented their position at the top of the table and now look forward to taking on Porthmadog at home next week.