Last Wednesday and Thursday saw six of our boys represent Central Wales at this years illustrious Cymru Cup. The boys arrived at the hotel Wednesday morning for a pre tournament talk with the organisers, and after this myself and Dewi met the boys for the first hand to introduce both ourselves and our objectives as a team.
We were under no illusions of the task ahead as other players and teams were already writing us off. The boys knew exactly their roles and responsibilities both in and out of possession and also both individual and team challenges and goals.
We travelled down to Dragon Park to face North Wales in our opening fixture. The North boys were comprised of Airbus, Connahs Quay, Rhyl, Llandudno and Bangor players and at a bigger pool of players to pick from. The boys did outstanding within the game and managed to secure a 2-0 victory and in the process Central Wales’ first ever victory for 5 years.
The team and management staff were elated and went into the second day knowing a win against South would set up a final clash with the fantastic regional squad. Again the boys knew their roles both in and out of possession and how to attack against the South. We raced into a 4 goal lead, with every player playing out of their skins. At half time I decided to really challenge the players to play the Welsh way more of playing out from the back. After personnel changes from both sides we managed to hold on to a 4-3 win and saw us top the table after 2 wins from 2 games.
To say being proud of the squad is an understatement! We only had 2 hours to recover before our final game against the regional team. Unfortunately tiredness and injury was starting to kick in but we managed to push and at times outplay the regional boys, but unfortunately lost 2-0 to 2 fantastic strikes.
Overall a fantastic experience for both myself and the boys and thoroughly proud to represent my country. A huge well done to Rob and Ryan both playing against boys a year older than them, but certainly did not look out of place, as well as Jack, Sam, Haci and James again who conducted themselves superbly both on and off the pitch. I would like to thank all the other squad players from Druids, Aber, Porthmadog, Bala, Wrexham, Bristol City and Everton.