Yr 10 football team through to final
Our Year 10 boy’s football team have made it through to the final of the Cardiff and Vale Cup final for the second year running after beating Plasmawr 4-3 on penalties. It was an outstanding effort by the entire team to overcome their rivals who they have lost to before including in last year’s final of the same cup. Llantwit started the brighter of the two sides and created a number of early chances but were unable to get that all important goal. Plasmawr then grew in confidence and started to put pressure on Llantwits’ defence, but they held firm.
Midway through the second half Plasmawr scored with a precise free kick to lead 1-0 but this only spurred Llantwit on to keep pressing in search of an equaliser. That equaliser came when substitute Liam Butcher popped up unmarked in the box to lay a perfectly weighted pass to striker Angus Mitchell who buried his shot in the bottom right hand corner. With eight minutes remaining Llantwit’s defence and midfield again held firm to see the game into penalties.
Five penalty takers bravely stepped forward to take a penalty but dramatically not all five were needed. Sam Snaith calmly placed his spot kick into the bottom right of the goal to lead 1-0. Plasmawr equalised before Cole Baker buried his penalty in the bottom left. Joe Baker then made an excellent save low to his left which gave Llantwit their first glimpse of the final. Luke Beattie scored next with a very well placed shot and Plasmawr also scored to make the score 3-2. Joe Baker, goal keeper for Llantwit Major then stepped to the penalty spot and kept our 100% scoring record alive. But his heroics were not over yet! He then returned to the goal line and saved Plasmawr’s 4th penalty resulting in Llantwit’s progress to the final, winning 4-2 on penalties.
This is an excellent result for the Year 10 team and testament to how far they have developed as a team and matured as individuals as they lost to this same side 7-1 in last year’s Cardiff and Vale Cup final. They will now play either St Teilos or Fitzalan Comprehensive in the final to be played later this year.
Squad: Joe Baker, Cole Baker. Declan Ellis, David Gaughan, James Cook, Lewis Brown, Sam Snaith, Luke Beattie, Ben Boyd, Luke George, Angus Mitchell, Liam Butcher, Dan Clarke, Lloyd Richards, Ryan Malton.