Wrexham AFC Women were knocked out of the NEWFA League Cup today after a convincing 12-0 victory for the hosts Llanfair United Ladies at Mount Field.
Llanfair United, unbeaten in North Wales Women’s League Division One, started off the stronger of the two sides, with Mary Griffiths scoring in controversial fashion after what seemed like a foul throw in was not spotted by the referee, which led up to the opener. Llanfair United continued their goal scoring form after last week’s 13-1 victory over Pwllheli Ladies.
The young Wrexham side looked to gain a foothold in the game however they found themselves 2-0 down in under 10 minutes after Gemma Jones found herself with time and space to fire a shot from outside the box with her curved effort beating Kat Jones in the Wrexham goal.
Llanfair United continued to press Wrexham and made their pressure pay after an interception by Sarah Ellis and her cross managed to squeeze in at the far post to put the hosts 3-0 up in the opening quarter of an hour.
Wrexham began to come into the game, with some good spells of play, however the experienced and well drilled Llanfair United side managed to deal with Reds’ attacks and look to hit us on the break.
One such break led to Gemma Jones finding herself one-on-one with Kat Jones, however Lily Clifton-Stringer did excellently to tackle the ball away from what looked like a certain goal.
The surface played it’s part in Llanfair United’s fourth goal as Ffion Lewis fired a tame shot at Kat Jones in goal which looked destined for the keeper’s hands however it takes a wicked bobble and bounces over the keeper and into the net to make it 4-0.
This led to a flurry of goals before half time for Llanfair United as their continuous long balls caught the defence out as Wrexham looked to get a goal back. Firstly, in the 34th minute, Mary Griffiths notched her second so far as the long ball found her unmarked and she tucked it away from outside the box. Then, in the 37th minute, Gemma Jones fired into the far corner, as Llanfair United went into half time 6-0.
The second half provided no sanctuary for the young Wrexham side as a couple of minutes into the second half Mary Griffiths completes her hat trick to put Llanfair United 7-0 up.
Three minutes later, Gemma Jones completed her hat trick after a good ball is played over the top to find herself one on one with the keeper and she finished with aplomb.
However, Wrexham still showed a lot of passion and desire to get a consolation and take something out of the game. Savannah Palin with a speculative effort from around 35 yards out, nearly catches the keeper off her line however she managed to scramble back and just catch it in time.
The intense pressure and physicality of the game started to show as just a minute later, Gemma Jones scored her fourth of the afternoon after her initial shot is parried away by Kat Jones, she manages to follow it in and tuck it away for Llanfair United’s ninth goal of the day.
For the presiding ten minutes, Wrexham regained some composure and looked to pass the ball around and create chances for themselves. However, the surface did not cater to that sort of football as the bobbles and long grass held the ball up in time for Llanfair to close the play down.
Just after the hour mark, Llanfair made it double digits as Sophie Cook crossed into the box for Sarah Ellis to stab home as Llanfair United looked to show their domination as they have done all season.
Wrexham conceded another as Sophie Cook turned goal scorer with a close range effort to put the game out of sight.
The physical nature of the game took it’s toll as Wrexham were forced down to 10, as the keeper Kat Jones pulled up injured and Alex Jones donned the gloves for the final quarter of an hour.
The final goal of the game was scored in the 82nd minute as Liann Richards tucked away to finish the rout for the team at the top of North Wales Women’s Division One.
Although disappointing, Wrexham can only take the positives from the game as this young side continue their progression and development in their first season back in Women’s football.
Llanfair United Ladies: Catrin Roberts, Hannah Lloyd, Chloe Brown, Liann Richards, Mary Bailey, Elen Pugh, Nora Davies, Sarah Ellis, Mary Griffiths, Gemma Jones, Ffion Lewis.
Subs: Sophie Cook, Angharad Davies.
Wrexham AFC Woman: Kathryn Jones, Shannon Lear, Jessie Griffiths, Lily Clifton-Stringer, Alex Jones, Megan Buckley, Kim Dutton, Savannah Palin, Lauren Reese, Morgan Churchill, Jodie Richards.
Subs: Amy Davies, Teleri Williams.