Richards hails Under-19s after cup win
1st May 2015
Gary Richards says the Under-19s deserved to end the season on a high as they won the FAW Youth Cup for a sixth successive year.
The Swans beat rivals Cardiff City 3-1 as they brought the curtain down on what has been a positive year for the Academy.
A Keston Davies header and a double from Owain Jones was enough to seal victory - and a sixth straight Welsh Cup crown.
"To win it six years in a row is a fantastic achievement," said coach Gary Richards.
"It was a great effort from all the players and to win a cup is a good way to end any season.
"We have had a good look at the season and we had a difficult start, a really good middle and disappointingly we fell away a bit towards the end.
"But this group have been fantastic and its something they all deserve."
Despite taking an early lead at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Swans were made to work hard for the victory.
And Richards admitted that a few words at half time was just the tonic as the Swans went on to dominate the second period.
"We certainly could have passed the ball a lot better and we told the boys that at half time," he said.
"I thought we were a bit lucky to be 1-0 up at the break, but we mentioned that we had to be better on the ball.
"The first goal was a bonus, especially so early, and it was a great header from Keston. The second goal - so soon after half time - was the one that really kicked us on and that allowed us to be a lot more comfortable in our passing.
"But to come here and finish it the way we did was great."