YNYS Mon women’s manager Karen Williams was beaming with pride after her side clinched a silver medal from the Huws Gray Inter-Island Games tournament.

The Anglesey squad performed well above expectations on home soil to reach the final of the competition, but they were undone in the showcase after a narrow 2-1 loss at the hands of the Isle of Man.

More than 1,000 spectators descended on the home of Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One side Holyhead Hotspur on Friday afternoon, but the Ynys Mon side got off to the worst possible start thanks to a goal within the opening three minutes from the visitors.

Both sides enjoyed good periods of pressure throughout the first period, but the away side were presented with a golden opportunity to increase the advantage after they were awarded a penalty, and Ellie Gawne held her nerve to give the Isle of Man a two-goal cushion at the break.

After the interval saw the hosts come more into the contest and they pulled one back on 70 minutes when Catrin Evans converted a chance, but despite throwing everything at their opponents in the closing stages it was not enough to give them a priceless leveller.

Williams, said: “It is a case of mixed emotions at the moment. Once we got to the final, we knew we were guaranteed a medal so it was up to them in terms of which one it would be.

“The interest from the players from the outset and the heart they have shown has been unbelievable. So many wanted to be part of it and as a coaching staff it was difficult to pick a final squad, but it was a nice problem to have.

“I am immensely proud of everyone. Before the tournament we set targets and they have done everything we set out to do and more.

“I hope it gives people a bit of a boost and they take full advantage of the opportunities available. They have come to Anglesey and seen the standard of football on and hopefully this can inspire them.”