Llanrug face tester at Albion in Cup qualifier
TWO young sportswomen from the area continue to make their mark.
In July, both Catrin Williams and Samia Jones, who attend Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon, won the Gwynedd and Anglesey Secondary School Girl of the Year in the annual sports awards.
To win this award both girls had reached the top of their sports. During the summer and this month they have moved further onwards and upwards in LLANRUG United can expect a difficult test when they visit Llandudno Albion in the second qualifying round of the JD Welsh Cup this Saturday (2.30pm).
Both sides play in Welsh Alliance Division One with Llanrug in third and Albion fourth, each on 16 points.
Llanrug tuned up for their crunch tie with a 3-1 league win against Penrhyndeudraeth at Eithin Duon last Saturday.
United commenced brightly and were soon rewarded. On three minutes striker Aaron Hughes cut inside from the left flank at an angle just outside the penalty area and unleashed a powerful drive across the visitors’ goalkeeper into the right hand corner of the net.
After 15 minutes striker Meilir Williams equalised for Penrhyn. The hosts failed to clear a corner kick from the left and Williams pounced on the loose ball five yards from goal.
Llanrug went on to pile the pressure on the away goal, and should have increased their advantage, creating several good goal-scoring opportunists. The Penrhyn defenders blocked several goalbound shots, made goal-line clearances and goalkeeper Tyler French pulled off some outstanding saves.
United finally restored their lead on 29 minutes. Forward Carl Griffiths’ strike on goal was handled by a defender and United midfielder Dylan Owen made no mistake from the resulting spot kick.
Leading 2-1 at the turnaround, Llanrug came out blazing following the interval, and within five minutes of the restart extended their advantage.
Owen’s powerful low drive from the left-hand byline was flicked on with his heel into the net by Hughes for his 10th league goal of the sea- their fields.
Last week in the British Windsurfing Championships, Catrin (pictured left) was awarded the Rob Cartwright Trophy. She was nominated for this by various coaches.
The accolade was given for attributes such as teamwork, professionalism, dedication, support and others. Catrin’s name will be added to this trophy, joining the likes of some very famous British son. Despite creating several further chances, the home team failed to add to their advantage, while the rearguard well marshalled by central defnder Eifion Williams held firm and weathered late pressure windsurfers.
Samia (pictured right) has had a wonderful summer. She came first in the 1500m representing Wales in the Celtic Games in Scotland and scooped a silver medal for her country in the under-17s 1500m at the English Championships in Bedford. A recent triumph saw her become under-17 British and Irish mountain running champion while representing Wales on Camaderry Mountains in Glendalough, Ireland. by the visitors. ● Still unbeaten Nantlle Vale were held 2-2 at home by Prestatyn Sports, Rob Daniels with a double for the hosts, Darren Cassidy and Rob Dunn replying.
A Paul Fleming double ensured St Asaph City saw off Llanberis 2-0.
In Division Two’s game of the day, Blaenau Amateurs beat Llannerchymedd 2-1 thanks to a late Kieron Ellis winner.
Tom Hughes earlier put the Quarrymen ahead before Rob Jones equalised.
Llannefydd ran out 3-2 winners at Pwllheli, Tomas Jones (2) and Lewys Jones for the visitors, Jamie Banks and Carl Jones hitting back.
Y Felinheli versus Holyhead Town was abandoned after visiting player Mike Edwards suffered a bad injury.
Goals from Gareth Siddall and Peter Mansoor secured Llanberis a 2-0 triumph over Penmaenmawr Phoenix in the Reserves Division, where Nantlle Vale suffered a 10-0 tanning at Llandyrnog United.
● GOAL... Llanrug scramble this ball over the line against Penrhyndeudraeth; below, Llanrug’s Aaron Hughes attacking the Penrhyndeudraeth defence. Pictures by Richard Birch