Swansea City's Ben Davies looking for cup final repeat
BEN Davies is not a name that immediately springs to mind when thinking of Swansea City players who have previously sampled a cup final.
But the local lad is one of the members of Michael Laudrup's side to most recently run out in such a fixture.
Just ten months ago he was part of a Swansea youth side that overcame The New Saints in the FAW Youth Cup final.
And a year before that the club's under-18 side thumped West End 5-0 to lift the same trophy.
That match was played at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli, while last April's clash took place at the Airfield, home of Airbus UK Broughton.
Both venues are a world away from Wembley.
"I was an under-18 so those were big games in my career," said Davies.
"We were very happy to win the Welsh Cup, but I don't think I was old enough to go out on Wind Street!
"Now it's Wembley and I have to do a job like everyone else.
"It is a massive jump and I can't wait."
Davies was also in attendance when Swansea's senior side last ran out for a final.
The left-back was with the rest of his youth team-mates in the Wembley stands as Swansea looked to escape the Championship in May 2011.
"All the youth team lads were there supporting the boys and it's mad to think that 18 months later I could be there playing," said Davies.
"I can remember the game clearly, I was there as a fan more than anything.
"When we won the game I was as delighted as everyone else.
"It's hard to compare, but when you're out on the field sometimes you do just let the game take over.
"You forget about all the pressures from the outside."
Winning the Capital One Cup would cap a ten-year rise for Swansea and complete a whirlwind season for Davies.
Thrust into first-team action following Neil Taylor's serious ankle injury, the former Cwrt Herbert Colts player has made that position his own.
But he insists being a Premier League regular has not changed him.
"It's not hard to get away from football," added the 19-year-old.
"I'm still young and I still blend into the crowd when I'm out in Swansea.
"I don't get the attention that some of the bigger players do."