Wright: We must be respectful

6th March 2019

Anthony Wright insists Swansea City Under-19s will show Cardiff City full respect when they face off in this evening’s FAW Youth Cup semi-final (7.30pm).

The young Swans travel to Stebonheath Park – home of Llanelli Town – aiming to progress to the final and remain on course for a 10th consecutive crown.

They began this year’s title defence with a 2-0 victory over Aberystwyth Town before seeing off Merthyr Town 5-1 in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Cardiff have scored a whopping 38 goals in this season’s competition – reaching double figures in all three games so far – while they arrive in this contest off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend.

Wright has called on his players to deliver a professional performance and not take anything for granted against the Bluebirds.

“We don’t get to play Cardiff too often so this is a good opportunity for us and one we will embrace,” the under-19s coach said.

“Of course, this is a local derby, too, which adds a bit of spice to the game.

“We’ve already come up against two of the strongest academy sides in this season’s competition, which has been good for us, and it will be another very tough game this evening.

“The boys must show desire to win and understand the importance of the game. Cardiff are a very good side and we will show them the respect they deserve by treating the game like any other.

“Our run in this competition has been incredible and long may it continue. We know that, one day, it will end but, hopefully, that won’t be tonight.”

The match kicks off at Stebonheath Park at 7.30pm with ticket prices £4 for adults, £2 for juniors/OAP's and £1 for programmes.