Swansea City take on Cardiff City in the first semi-final of the FAW Youth Cup at Stebonheath, Llanelli on Wednesday evening (7.30pm).
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But in addition to the obvious South Wales bragging rights that naturally attaches itself with any fixture between the two rival clubs, the young Swans are targetting an incredible tenth successive year of glory in the competition. It's a run that began when they lifted the cup with a 2-1 win over Wrexham back in 2010.
Swansea City lifted the trophy last May with a victory over Cardiff City following a penalty shoot-out, and the Bluebirds will be out for revenge when the two sides meet on Wednesday evening. They will also have the added motivation of denying their rivals from appearing in their twelfth consecutive final.
Ironically, Llanelli were the last team other than Swansea City to lift the FAW Youth Cup, as the Reds claimed the trophy with a 2-1 win over Swansea City back in 2009. Now under the guidance of Anthony Wright and Alan Tate, Swansea City booked their place in the semi-final with a 5-1 win over Merthyr Town at Landore last month.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City have scored an incredible 38 goals to reach the semi-final stage, and are yet to concede a single goal in the process. The team have scored over 10 goals in every round, claiming convincing victories over Tiger Bay Juniors, Taffs Well and Llanelli Town.
The two teams met in the very first FAW Youth Cup final in 1990, with Cardiff City lifting the trophy with a 5-0 victory over their rivals at Penydarren Park, Merthyr. The winners will face either Cardiff Met or The New Saints in the final, with the two teams meeting in the second semi-final on Sunday, 10thMarch at Newtown (2pm).