Toshack in confident mood

18th March

Cameron Toshack insists his side will head into Wednesday night's FAW Youth Cup semi-final clash with Cardiff City in a confident mood.

Swans Academy make the short trip to Port Talbot Town FC's Genquip Stadium to face their rivals as they look to continue their defence of the domestic Under-19s competition.

Having been crowned winners of the FAW Youth Cup for the last four years running, the young Swans will be aiming to reach yet another final against one of Llandudno Town or The New Saints.

And despite realising the difficult test Cardiff will pose, Toshack is confident his side will rise to the challenge.

"It's a very important game," admitted Toshack. "And I think we can be quite confident going into it.

"If you look at the form guide, then you might think they have the advantage.

"But we have good players here. The boys have been working hard, taking a lot of new ideas on board, and have improved as a collective since when we last played them.

"If we are confident in what we do, in the right areas of the pitch, I think it will be a very good game.

"We are very optimistic and will try to put on a great performance."

And the youth team coach admits that the opportunity to win bragging rights over a fierce rival is an added incentive for his young side.

He added: "There's no doubt that there is an added incentive against our rivals.

"There are a few boys here that you don't need to explain how important any match between Cardiff and Swansea is.

"If you spend any time in the environment of either football club, it's drilled into you from the word go just how important these fixtures are. 

"We have won the competition four years running, but Cardiff weren't involved in those last few years, so there's even more of a significant challenge now that they have come back into it.

"We are looking forward to the game - it should be a great spectacle."