South Wales FA have won the FAW Regions Cup against North East Wales FA as Christopher Quick of Canton Liberal wrote his name in the Area Association’s history with a Cup Final hat trick.
South Wales FA 3-0 North East Wales FA
The competition, which is run over two seasons, is for grassroots players at Tier 5 of the FAW pyramid and below and the FAW Regions Cup winners go on to represent Wales in the UEFA Regions Cup.
The opening goal came in the 27th minute when Quick dribbled in from the right before taking his goal well to beat Daniel Cooper of Hawarden Rangers in the NEWFA goal.
There were two more chances for SWFA shortly after as forward Dan Jenkins (Cornelly Utd) and Alex Long (Sully Sports) both fired wide from the edge of the box.
North East Wales had half-chances for themselves with set-pieces in dangerous areas, but should have fallen further behind, when left-back Gavin Morris of Ton & Gelli headed over from close range at the far post.
As the 4th official indicated the time added on in the first half, Quick scored his second with another clinical finish to register his 80th goal in all competitions this season – An incredible achievement at any level of football.
Half-Time: South Wales FA 2-0 North East Wales FA
Just four minutes into the second half, Quick completed his hat-trick as he again found space and shot from the edge of the box, which Cooper was unable to stop.
Karl Lloyd of Aston Park Rangers had a great opportunity to pull one back for North East, but his effort at the back post, went agonisingly wide.
As both managers made the changes, it was North East Wales who had the best chances, but Cefn Albion’s Alex Williams was denied twice by the impressive Steven Price of Brecon Corries in the South Wales goal. And it really wasn’t Williams’ day as he then saw another shot hit the post, before firing the rebound over the bar.
South Wales FA will now represent Wales in the UEFA Regions Cup in San Marino with matches on 3rd, 5th and 7th June against the representative sides from the host Nation, Greece and Kazakhstan.
South Wales FA
Steven Price (GK), Lee Bridgeman, Gavin Morris, Darrel Minett, Ian McIntosh ©, Aidan Lewis, Steven Evans (Shaun Duffy, 67’), Liam Pika, Christopher Quick, Daniel Jenkins (Robert Chesters, 61’), Alex Long (,Samuel Jones, 78’)
Unused subs: Joseph Sissons, Gareth Aplin, William Laventure
Goals: Christopher Quick, 27’, 45’, 49’
Yellow Cards: None
North East Wales FA
Daniel Cooper (GK), Jack Richards (Danny Edwards, 84’), Sean Jones ©, David Smith, Jamie Foulkes, Nick Jones, Karl Lloyd (Kyle Harte, 84’), Nathan Williams, Alex Williams, Chad Shelbourne, Mike Whales (Anthony Weaver, 46’)
Unused subs: Ricky Bennett (GK), Sam Fryer, Terry Nicholas, Christian Davies
Yellow Cards: Nick Jones, 36’