Four clubs chasing U16 Girls' Cup Glory
Domestic
11 February 2022

Four clubs chasing U16 Girls' Cup Glory

Both semi-finals of the FAW Girls' Cup take place this Sunday (13 February) as Cardiff City, CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon, Penrhyn Bay and Treowen Stars travel to Latham Park, Newtown all looking to book their place in the final.

FAW Girls' Cup Semi-Finals

Cardiff City Women v CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon (12.30pm)

Penrhyn Bay v Treowen Stars (3.10pm)

  • Latham Park, Newtown 
  • Sunday, 13 February 2022

Penrhyn Bay reached the final of the competition last season but were edged out by Barry Town United in a 4-3 defeat, although they won the trophy in 2019. The side from north Wales have already defeated CPD Bangor 1876 and Bethel Ladies to reach the last four, and now face Treowen Stars. “The girls are all really looking forward to the day out and are excited about the match itself,” explained coach Owen Davis to FAW.cymru. “This is an extremely important competition with great prestige, and these girls are all determined to try and reach the final again.” 

However, Davis is under no illusion about the task ahead if they to progress. “Although we haven’t previously encountered Treowen Stars we are fully aware that they are going to present a great challenge,” he added. “South Wales sides always do. They have clearly done very well to reach this stage from a competitive region, and we know that we will have to be at our very best to compete with them.”

Treowen Stars started the campaign with two victories over Llanyrafon, and reached the semi-finals with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel in December. “We were 2-1 down going into the last few minutes and managed to get the goal back make it all square,” said coach Stuart Oughton when he spoke to FAW.cymru. “To win on penalties was a big achievement as we don't usually have many penalty shoot-outs in our games. We know it will a tough game but we're looking forward to it. We see it as a challenge, but one that we're not scared of.”

Meanwhile, Cardiff City have scored plenty of goals in the current campaign with convincing victories over Abergavenny, Barry Town United, Johnstown and Talycopa Rangers, and they now face CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon. “We’re really looking forward to the cup semi-final,” said coach Noel Bushby. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure we’re prepared for it, but we’re feeling confident. We feel like we’re in a good place as a squad, which is always great going into an important game like this. It’s a massive opportunity for the girls.”

CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon have also shown their attacking strengths to reach the last four with victories over Buckley Town and Brickfield Rangers, and coach Tania Jones explained to FAW.cymru how excited the side are ahead of the game. “We know that it will be a tough match as our opponents have shown in the competition this season that they are a great team,” said Jones. “The match offers an opportunity for the squad to show what they are capable of and we are all very proud to represent the town of Caernarfon in the semi-final of this prestigious cup. The majority of our squad have represented the club for a number of years, and we are sure that this will be a very proud and special occasion for everyone involved.”