Perfect 10 for Swans in Youth Cup
Swansea City Under-19s clinched a record-breaking 10th consecutive FAW Youth Cup title after beating TNS 2-1 in the final at Park Avenue.
Goals from Josh Thomas and Simon Paulet proved to be enough for the young Swans as they maintained their magnificent record in the competition.
They were given a scare when James Parry pulled a goal back for the Saints in the second half – setting up a nervy finish at the home of Aberystwyth Town.
However, the under-19s held their own to see out the victory and secure their place in history.
Anthony Wright and Jon Grey named a strong side featuring nine players that have been with the under-23s this season.
Their determination to maintain their proud record in the competition was evident and epitomised by defender Jacob Jones, who played the majority of the final with his head bandaged up following an early aerial collision.
It was Jones who provided the assist for the Swans’ opening goal of the showpiece after just four minutes.
He burst forward from left-back to latch onto a neat diagonal ball before sending in a low cross that was neatly steered home by Thomas.
The Swans went in search of a second goal with Kees De Boer and Mason Jones-Thomas shooting straight at the goalkeeper from inside the area.
Meanwhile, Tom Price was not too far away with a long-range effort that went marginally over the crossbar.
Brandon Cooper saw a golden chance to double the lead go begging just after the interval, when he was unable to turn home De Boer’s cross from inside the six-yard box.
However, they did get that second goal in the 53rd minute. Ben Cabango showed great awareness to pick out Paulet, who calmly slotted past Lewis Dutton.
At that point, the Swans appeared to be cruising towards securing that 10th consecutive title.
But they were given a scare 11 minutes later when, out of nowhere, TNS pulled one back with Parry drilling beyond the helpless Alex Rutter.
The Swans had to endure a few nervy moments as the clock ticked down and the Saints went in search of an equaliser to send the game into extra time.
However, they held on to secure a record-breaking 10th successive FAW Youth Cup title.
TNS: Lewis Dutton (capt), James Parry, Ben Clark, Aaron Lloyd, Liam Umeh, Ethan Short, Josh Bailey, Louis Bradford, Harry Woledge (Luis Edwards 90+2), James Rutter (Ismael Ozdemir, 83), Owen Jones (Tom Williams, 56).
Subs not used: Robbie Williams, Alex Brownhill.
Swans: Alex Rutter, Cameron Evans (capt), Ben Cabango, Brandon Cooper, Jacob Jones, Mason Jones-Thomas (Ali Al-Hamadi, 79), Daniel Williams (Will Rickard, 64), Kees De Boer, Tom Price, Simon Paulet (Tivonge Rushesha, 78), Josh Thomas.
Subs not used: Josh Hutchings, Marc Walsh.
Due to broadcasting regulations, we are unable to show highlights from the game until Saturday evening.