2019 was a great year for football on Anglesey.
Ynys Mon Men’s side marched on to winning gold medals at the Island Games Tournament on home soil and the Women’s side were also superb as they took silver medals.
Before the tournament, Anglesey’s women had only ever won one match in 14 attempts. However, on home soil, Ynys Môn’s girls nearly went all the way – getting all the way to the final only to lose 2-1 to Isle of Man.
Amlwch Town Ladies’ Lexi Crawley was part of that memorable tournament for Karen Williams’ side and ended up top scorer in the women’s games with five goals to her name.
The 28-year-old scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Western Isles, bagged another goal in a 3-2 loss to Hitra, and also scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 semi-final win v Jersey.
Re-calling that tournament, Lexi said: “I’ve represented Ynys Môn twice now. The first time in Jersey – unfortunately I only played 10 minutes scored one goal and got a broken nose!
“On Ynys Môn, it was one the best feelings I’ve ever experienced winning that silver medal. The whole week was incredible. The fans were amazing and really did help us along the way!
“There have been big improvements (in the women’s game) and hopefully a lot more to come with academy’s being set up for girls and now those from the North are being recognised to reach their dream and play for Wales. I think there’s still a lot to do before it’s equal to the men’s game but it’s becoming just as popular with games now being televised too.”
Lexi was born in Gibraltar but moved to Wales aged six years old – the same age she started playing football.
The striker, who bore the surname Musgrave before she was married, has built herself a reputation for being one of the most prolific goal-scorers in North Wales women’s football over the years and has plenty of experience under her belt by now.
She played for Welsh Colleges in her teens before going on to join Caernarfon Town aged 16 and was part of the Cofis side who won back-to-back Welsh Premier Women’s League North Conference titles (09/10 and 10/11).
After leaving Caernarfon, Lexi joined Wrexham Ladies – spending three seasons in the Welsh Premier before moving to Amlwch Town in 2015/16 and returning to Caernarfon Town in the second half of that campaign.
Coincidentally, she would go on to score the winner for Caernarfon in a 1-0 win over Amlwch Town to win them the Betty Pickering Cup.
Talking about her time at Caernarfon, she refers to one player in particular as having helped her progress.
Lexi said: “Iona Williams is a very talented player, and a good reader of the game. She helped me massively as a young 16 year old in the senior Caernarfon side. Great leader.”
A return to Lôn Bach with Amlwch would come around for Lexi in 2016/17 – scoring a hat-trick on her first game back there.
She moved to Bangor City in the following season, scoring 22 goals, before returning to Amlwch again in 2018/19 and scoring a further 17 goals and being the club’s top scorer.
She was the real hero for the Blues that season as the scored the winner for them in the 2-1 Supplementary Cup final win over Wrexham.
In the most recent season, Lexi was again a goal machine for Town as she scored 20 goals in all competitions and the club lifted the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title.
Many will know also that Lexi’s younger sister, Paige Williams (below on left) is also a household name in the women’s game locally.
Over the years, the pair have both played for some of the best women’s clubs in the region including Bangor City, Caernarfon Town and Amlwch Town – where they both play these days.
They also both played for that Ynys Môn side of 2019 together.
Speaking on having the chance of playing alongside her sister, Lexi said: “It’s one of the best feelings being able to play alongside your sister. Especially when she scored her first club goal it was incredible being able to be there and celebrate with her. The bond we share is something special.”
“The bond we have as a team at Amlwch overall is all very close. I’ve missed seeing everyone and doing what we love most.”