Ben Cabango spoke of his pride after the captaining Swansea City Under-19s to their ninth consecutive FAW Youth Cup with a penalty shootout win over Cardiff at Liberty Stadium.
The 17-year-old defender skippered the side through a battling performance after Bluebirds striker Mark Harries cancelled out Joe Lewis’ opener.
With neither side able to find the winner in extra time, the young Swans claimed a dramatic 3-2 win on penalties thanks to a double save from goalkeeper Steven Benda.
Cabango missed last season’s youth cup final through suspension but expressed his delight at helping the academy Swans to this season’s record victory.
“I could not be prouder to captain this side to this win,” Cabango said.
“I can’t fault the lads for the performance tonight. They all put 100 per cent in until the end.
“Cardiff are a decent team and they made it difficult and pushed us all the way.
“We didn’t want to be the team to lose the cup. Winning it for a ninth season is something special for us.
“Penalties added a lot of pressure, but I think we did well to overcome that and deserved the win.”
Cabango also applauded the heroics of goalkeeper Benda following the win.
The German stopper pulled off a double penalty save to help the Swans to victory, three weeks on from helping the under-23s to a Premier League Cup triumph in similar circumstances.
“We can always trust Steve to do what he does in between the sticks,” Cabango added.
“The saves he made for us once again were magnificent and he helped us win it.
“I never lost belief that we could win the game. It is always good to win a cup. For us it is the best way to end the season.”