Captain Evans reveals Youth Cup pride
Swansea City Under-19s’ skipper Cameron Evans has revealed his pride after leading his side to their record-breaking 10th consecutive FAW Youth Cup title.
Evans led by example in defence as the Swans maintained their proud record in the competition with goals from Josh Thomas and Simon Paulet sealing a 2-1 victory over TNS in Aberystwyth.
The 18-year-old, who joined the Swans at under-9 level, is not the only member of have his family to have played a part in the club’s run, with brother Jack also tasting victory earlier in his career.
And he is hopeful the Swans can keep their hold on the trophy for many years to come.
“I’m delighted to have won this tournament again,” he said. “It’s an honour to wear the captain’s armband and lead us to victory, especially being a Swansea boy.
“I’ve seen my brother win this tournament and I’m very aware of our history in this competition.
“Therefore, I’m chuffed to be part of the side that wins it for a 10th year on the bounce.
“Hopefully, we can keep this run going for a while longer yet.”
It is amazing what a difference a year can make.
In last year’s final, Evans was substituted at half-time of the under-19s' penalty shootout victory over Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium.
Therefore, he was delighted to feature throughout the entirety of the showpiece 12 months on.
The defender was also pleased by the character shown by the team, who established their control on the contest and maintained it even after being pegged back to 2-1 by James Parry’s 64th-minute strike.
“I was disappointed to come off at half-time last year, so it meant the world for me to play the full 90 this time around and I feel like I played well,” he added.
“Last year, everyone was very nervous going into the game, but we seemed a lot calmer this year and did very well.
“TNS had a game plan that worked at times, but it was just a matter of us being patient, not getting complacent and scoring the goals we needed.
“Even when they made it 2-1, we were still confident of getting the win and seeing the game out.
“It was just a matter of staying focused for the last 15 or 20 minutes, which we did.”
Due to broadcasting regulations, we are unable to show highlights from the game until Saturday evening.