The youngsters progress to the semi-final of the FAW Youth Cup, with a 6-3 victory over Bangor City FC.
The young Exiles had to recover from conceding a early goal when Corrig McGungile found space inside the area to lift a shot over ‘keeper Elliot Matthews.
The Academy then responded by storming to a six-one lead, with goals from Moudou Touray, Rhys Kavanagh, Dafydd Jones, Corey Shephard.
In the last quarter of the game the host responded with two late goals, to make the final score 6-3 on the evening.
Speaking after the game, Academy Manager Grant Kalahar said, “The lads performed brilliantly this evening.”
“The boys had to show a bit of spirit when they conceded the early goal, so it was pleasing to see them applying that attitude, which is what we have been working on with the players over the past months.”
“We had a lot of possession in wide areas, which allowed us to create good chances. Rhys Kavanagh looked lively and Dafydd Jones did brilliantly to pop up with a couple of goals.”
“The players delivered and executed each part of our game plan and it was pleasing to see moves that we have been working on being used to good effect in a match situation.”
“We were a little disappointed to concede the two late goals, but overall we were really pleased with the lad’s performance.”
Academy coach, Byron Anthony said, “It was obviously going to be tough, travelling the long distance to North Wales and the pitch was boggy and soft, so we knew that we had to be adaptable to the conditions.”
“We suffered early on when we conceded the goal in the opening couple of minutes, but the players kept their heads and knew that their quality would shine through in the end.”
“To score six goals away from home and to book our place in the semi-final is very pleasing.”
“The Club as a whole is improving all the time and the Academy keeps improving as well. We have plans for the Academy to grow and I think that’s proven by the players that we have coming through and all the lads will look forward to seeing who we draw in the semi-final.”
County: Matthews, Mathias, Wood, Young, Angel, B. Jones, Kavanagh, Shephard, Touray, Bamford, D. Jones.
Subs: Evans, Gray, Tolland, Hughes, Molyneux
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