More good displays — and wins — by under-13s and under-14s
THE Swansea Schools FA representative squads continue to battle it out for places in the semi-finals of the Welsh Schools FA competitions and have recently been in action at several age groups.
The under-14s continued their good form with an impressive 7-1 win over Caerphilly at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport.
In an excellent advert for schools football, the under-14 squad played some excellent football and dominated a determined Caerphilly side.
Goals at regular intervals allowed Swansea to play an attractive passing game that saw a significant amount of work off the ball by all players.
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And Swansea Schools Under-13s made it two wins in three days with a hard-earned 3-1 victory over a battling Pembrokeshire Schools side.
Both teams continued from where they left off three weeks earlier when Swansea came out on top 3-2.
Swansea dominated the first half, maintaining possession well, but were restricted to mainly long shots, notably from midfielders Cameron Berry and Joe Hunt, both firing narrowly over from 35 yards out.
Towards the end of the first half, Swansea right-back Jake O'Grady linked well with Jack Scrine, who after beating two defenders crossed to the far post where striker Lewys Edwards met the ball with a powerful header which was well saved by the Pembrokeshire keeper.
The half ended with two more good efforts from Swansea, another long shot, this time from Tom Price, and a good run down the left by TJ Davies, cutting in and shooting low and hard. But it remained scoreless at the break.
Swansea began the second half with more purpose and continued to create problems for the Pembrokeshire defence.
Swansea midfielder Jack Scrine was beginning to dominate the right wing, and it was from one of his strong runs that Swansea finally took the lead.
After beating several defenders Scrine pulled the ball back and fired a perfectly-weighted pass to midfielder Joe Hunt, who powerfully side-footed the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
Swansea nearly doubled their lead soon after when a TJ Davies shot was fumbled by the keeper, but Nathaniel Morgan was unable to capitalise on the rebound.
However, Swansea found the net soon after when Hunt fired the ball spectacularly into the top corner from nearly 40 yards, giving the keeper no chance.
Pembrokeshire rallied well and were rewarded with a goal to make it 2-1.
Swansea could have made the game safe five minutes later when they were awarded a penalty after a foul on Hunt, but Swansea captain Tom Price fired wide.
They were not to be denied a deserved third, though. Swansea won a corner on the right, the ball was swung in by Jake Norman, which was punched clear by the Pembrokeshire keeper.
The ball fell straight back to Norman, who volleyed straight into the top corner from over 35 yards out.
Swansea now sit top of their regional group with three wins.
The next fixtures for the Association see the following age groups in action — Under-15s v Afan Nedd Schools at Western Avenue, Port Talbot (today, Nov 10); Under-11s v Aberystwyth JFL at Elba, Gowerton (tomorrow, Nov 11, 10.30am); Under-12s v Bridgend Schools at St Helen's (Monday, Nov 12, 6.30pm); Under-13s v Afan Nedd Schools at St Helen's (Monday, Nov 12, 7.30pm); Under-14s v Cardiff & Vale Schools at Goytre FC (Tuesday, Nov 13, 7pm).
Meanwhile, the first Swansea Schools' FA festivals have taken place at Pitchside Soccer, Cwmdu, and have been hailed a huge success.
The festival is sponsored by the Year 8 children of Bishop Vaughan Comprehensive School, who raised the money at a sponsored World Cup football tournament held at the school at the end of last year.
The tournament is co-ordinated by Mrs Cathrine Wynne and has supported several charities and good causes over a number of years.
The event has been sponsored by the Swansea Football Foundation, who were the recipients of the donated funds. The Foundation is a charity that supports the provision of football in schools across Swansea, in particular BME/ multi-cultural, girls' and disability football.
This week saw 16 schools enter teams that are made up of children from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
In total, there were children representing Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland, Bangladesh, Iraq, Bosnia, China, Poland, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Nepal and Iran.
All children have had a great experience and have received a certificate from the Association to mark their achievements.