MONMOUTH Town’s under 14s represented the club in a national competition being run by the Football Association of Wales in conjunction with the Champions League final that took place in Cardiff last weekend.
Their journey started back in February in the regional heats and semi-finals in April where a late goal by Callum Wood would put them through to the final, unfortunately for Callum a family holiday would mean that he would miss the final in Cardiff.
The team would play Mynydd Isa Football Club from North Wales, on the purpose built floating pitch on Cardiff Bay, which would feature legends of the game like Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, Ian Rush and Luis Figo over the Champions League weekend.
The Monmouth team were quick to gain an advantage, as early goals from Sam Swingwood and Hywel Williams put the team comfortably in front. Johnny Dunckley and Reuben Sutton’s,pace and movement were causing the team from North Wales all sorts of trouble as the Monmouth team dominated the first half. Harry Johnson and Hayden Morris were faultless in defence, with goalkeeper Emyr Pullen having very little to do.
With nothing to lose as the second half started the Mynydd Isa team went all out to get back into the game, but these tactics left gaps in their back line and goals came at regular intervals for Swingwood, Although Mynydd got a couple of goals to make the score a bit more respectable they had been soundly beaten, for Monmouth Town to be crowned Champions League Festival winners.
As a reward to both teams for reaching the final, the Football Association of Wales gave the teams complimentary tickets to the Women’s Champions League Final that took place that evening.