Bethesda Ladies U18, 7. Caernarfon Ladies U18, 40.
On this occasion the score line was most certainly of no reflection on the tussle witnessed, nor was in retrospect of any significance when all that was aspired to was the continued development of the ladies game here in the North. All who took part can be very proud of their efforts with a significant improvement evident in most facets of play from the off.
Caernarfon took the honours as a result of being a little more composed and clinical together with an extra yard of pace when space presented itself.
Ella Williams was first on the Cofi score sheet, proving the above, when her pace took her clear to score out wide. Gemma Owen then thought that she had done enough to reach the try line but was hauled back inches short, however Molly Kelly picked up and barged over to present Sophie Ellis with an easy conversion. Bethesda responded with their usual gusto with Manon Hughes gaining valuable yardage as she did throughout and Efa Glain distributing well. However the Cofis once again were able to rely on the fleet footed Ella Williams running in from 40 yards and centre Seren Hughes achieving a similar feat on the other wing. Both tries were converted, the former a classic from out wide by Molly Kelly and the latter from a less acute angle by Sophie Ellis.
With half time approaching Bethesda found themselves in the Cofi danger zone through Shauna Gray, who was in particular, articulate with ball in hand and in her distribution throughout. Thankfully, she was intelligently supported by straight running Steffanie Parry who also tackled tenaciously. Fellow centre Elin Owen grew in confidence with copybook tackling and powerful runs of her own to allow prop Lowri Davies to pick up and charge over to the delight of all at Dol Ddafydd. Efa Glain put over the conversion to bring the half to a close with the visitors 26 points to 7 ahead.
Bethesda had the better of the opening second half exchanges but were cruelly undone when Cofi fullback Beth Whittle tackled near her own line, stole the ball and set off on a length of the field run that saw her ground near the posts to give Sophie Ellis another conversion. The continued and valuable contribution of Ffion Morris was also pleasing to see.
Ellis had led the Caernarfon backline well, leading by example as always, having got close to the try line herself on numerous occasions. Following one such charge and encampment close to the Bethesda line Gemma Owen went a step further than on her opening gambit by succeeding to cross the try line to present Sophie Ellis with one other match concluding conversion.
Well done to all who took part in the friendly yet competitive evenings entertainment, one can only surmise that a probable RGC 1404 outfit made up of the above will be no pushovers to anyone.
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