Cardiff City and Penrhyn Bay compete for U16 Girls’ Cup
9 April 2022

Cardiff City and Penrhyn Bay compete for U16 Girls’ Cup

The final of the FAW Girls' U16 Cup takes place at Park Avenue, Aberystwyth on Sunday as Cardiff City Women take on Penrhyn Bay Girls for the trophy (12.30pm).

“We know Penrhyn Bay will be a really tough opponent,” explained Cardiff City coach Noah Bushby to “They score a lot of goals so we have to be organised. I’m expecting it to be a battle as both teams will be eager to win so it will be a great watch and a great occasion. To be crowned the best U16 team in Wales would be incredible. It would mean so much to the girls and it would be a massive reward for all the hard work they’ve put in all season. They’re all so excited for the final and full of confidence, which is great to see as a coach.”

Cardiff City began their FAW Girls' Cup campaign with a comfortable 8-1 win over Abergavenny and reached knock-out rounds as group winners as they defeated Barry Town United 6-0. The goals continued as a 7-1 away victory over Johnstown booked their place in the quarter-final, and a 4-1 win over Talycopa Rangers in Swansea meant that only a semi-final against CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon stood between the Bluebirds and a place in the showpiece final. A 3-1 win at Latham Park sealed a memorable victory.

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Penrhyn Bay were runners-up last year and they made their intentions clear this season with convincing victories over CPD Bangor 1876 and Bethal as they claimed top spot in their group. A 4-1 win over Bethal in the knock-out stages followed, and the side were handed a bye to the semi-final following the withdrawal of Thornhill in the last eight. A 3-0 win over Treowen Stars means that the side have once again reached the final of the competition they won in 2019.

“We are clearly going to have to be at the very peak of our game to win,” said manager Owen Davis to “We realise that we are going to have to take any chances we get. We saw some of Cardiff City's semi-final against our local rivals Caernarfon, who really did themselves proud in pushing them all the way. I’m expecting our toughest challenge to date, but I know our girls will do us proud whatever the outcome.

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“The semi-final for us was a very nervous occasion and we were very apprehensive as we knew very little about Treowen Stars. The girls were over the moon with the win, and the competition obviously has a special place in the club’s heart, having won the trophy in 2019 and being losing finalists last season. I think it’s fantastic that the FAW put so much effort into creating such a great, professional spectacle for the girls and we're all immensely looking forward to the final.”