Swansea City Under-19s Gap Connah's Quay Keston Davies
18th May 2016
Keston Davies has called on Swansea City Under-19s to "finish the job" this season by lifting the FAW Youth Cup for a seventh successive year.
Victories over Llanidloes Town, Cardiff City, Llandudno and Newport County this season see the Under-19s face Welsh Premier side Gap Connah's Quay in the final at Newtown's Latham Park tonight (7:30pm).
And Davies, who will feature in his last Youth Cup final, has called on the young group of players to "give everything they have got" to lift the cup for the tenth time in club and academy history.
"We are feeling confident," the 19-year-old Killay-born defender said. "We will have a good mix of experience and young players involved but we can't go into the game with anything less than 100%.
"We have won the competition for the last seven seasons, we do not want to be the first group of players to end that run.
"A game like this is a great opportunity for the younger lads to experience a cup final alongside the pressure, emotions and feelings that come with it. Being involved with last years' final definitely helped me ahead of this season.
"We have done well in the competition so far this year. Our victory over Cardiff in round three was like a cup final, it was a good test for both sides. The team had to battle hard in terrible conditions to come out on top.
"The semi-final against Newport was just as tough, the surface was not great but we dealt with it and managed to grind out a good win against another tough side."
Davies has featured heavily in the youth cup competition for the past two seasons.
The defender, who captained the side to victory last April, helped the Under-19s to a 3-1 win over Cardiff when he headed home a Kyle Copp free kick two minutes into the game.
A brace from Owain Jones in the second half helped the young Swans retain the cup at Cardiff City Stadium.
"It was the perfect start!" he continued. "I managed to get my head on the first ball into the Cardiff box to give us an early lead.
"It was a massive game and to win the cup at their stadium was something special, so we need to give everything we have got to get a repeat in Newtown.
"It means so much to everyone to retain this cup, we all want to end the season on a high. For some it will be the last time we get to feature for the Under-19s side, so it would be the perfect way to end our career with the academy.
"It will be down to us whether we maintain that tradition in this competition. We have to make sure we approach the game like any other. Connah's Quay will be fighting to win.
"I've managed to net three goals this season, I'd like to find the back of the net once more to add to that tally, it would be the icing on the cake for a good season."