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AL­THOUGH Llan­dudno Ladies claimed a 2-0 win over Caernar­fon Town at The Oval last Sun­day, the Cofis should take heart after a bat­tling dis­play that was a vast im­prove­ment from when the sides met ear­lier this term, re­ports Paul Evans.

The vis­i­tors had run out 7-2 vic­tors in the League Cup in Septem­ber but there seemed very lit­tle chance of a re­peat score in this Welsh Premier League en­counter.

Keith Fearns’ side proved the equals of their op­po­nents in most areas, al­though Tudno cer­tainly dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods.

Both sides be­gan brightly, al­though goal­mouth ac­tion was at a pre­mium in the first quar­ter.

Whilst Llan­dudno had tested Town keeper Sara Wil­liams with hope­ful long- range ef­forts, the first real threat of break­ing the dead­lock came in the 21st minute when Town’s Katie Bowe struck an im­pres­sive free kick that beat Ge­or­gia Smith but rat­tled the bar, much to the Cofis’ frus­tra­tion.

Three min­utes later, Ca­trin Thomas did well to beat her marker on the edge of the penalty area but was dis­ap­pointed to see her goal­bound ef­fort blocked by Fflur Wil­liams.

Sarah Colville’s side sparked into ac­tion fol­low­ing Caernar­fon’s threats and grad­u­ally took a grip of the match, Anna Jones shoot­ing straight at Wil­liams when well-placed and the dan­ger­ous Jor­danne Gree­nough head­ing inches wide after ris­ing well to reach a cor­ner.

The same player was foiled by Wil­liams in the 36th minute when the Town stop­per got her hand to the ball and pushed it onto the bar.

The vis­i­tors went ahead just a minute after the restart, when Gree­nough fi­nally found a way past Wil­liams .

Things got bet­ter for them five min­utes later as Mari Gib­bard evaded two tack­les on the way into the home penalty area be­fore thun­der­ing her ef­fort past the ex­posed keeper from 12 yards.

Llan­dudno’s con­fi­dence rock­eted and they bossed pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods after their two-goal salvo.

The Cofis adopted a more di­rect ap­proach, with play­maker Ffion Owen look­ing to feed Bowe and Thomas down the chan­nels.

Thomas twice went close to pulling a goal back for the hosts when she broke up­field on her own but shot wide of the tar­get be­fore Bowe put her through late on, and goal­keeper Smith did well to block her low strike.

Smith also thwarted Bowe late on when she raced out of her area to clear the ball up­field. Pic­ture: DAI SINCLAIR

Gree­nough struck the bar for the vis­i­tors, while the im­pres­sive Stacey Tradewll also tested Wil­liams but Caernar­fon de­fended res­o­lutely and the score re­mained at 0-2 at the fi­nal whis­tle.

● Llan­dudno’s Cat Jones (stripes) is chased by Caernar­fon Town’s Katie Bowe at The Oval last Sun­day

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