Swansea City won the FAW Youth Cup for the tenth consecutive year after navigating past a battling New Saints side.
TNS 1-2 Swansea City
FAW Youth Cup Final
- TNS: James Parry 64'
- Swansea City: Josh Thomas 4', Simone Paulet 53'
Anthony Wright and Alan Tate’s side had a majority of the opportunities but were challenged by Steve Benyon’s young Saints in the second-half.
The Young Swans took the lead with the first opportunity of the game. Josh Thomas scored from close range after a smart cross from Jacob Jones. Having beaten the offside trap after a through ball from Simone Paulet, Kees de Boer was denied by Lewis Dutton from close-range.
Early in the second half, Brandon Cooper turned a golden opportunity wide after a Kees de Boer cross. Simone Paulet doubled their advantage with a composed finish after former TNS loanee Ben Cabango found him in space.
It's a competition we take seriously as a club so it's great to win it for a tenth consecutive time. TNS obviously had a game plan to hit us on the counter and were strong opposition, they were a tough test tonight.
James Parry pulled one back for The New Saints as he drilled an effort past the despairing Alex Rutter. Josh Thomas almost doubled his tally with an acrobatic effort after a cross from Mason Jones-Thomas. Tom Price’ curling free-kick rattled the crossbar as the Swans sought assurance of the victory. Swansea City were able to withstand any New Saints pressure as they held on in a competitive final.
The New Saints: Dutton, Parry, Clark, Lloyd, Umeh, Short, Bailey, Bradford, Woledge (Edwards 90), Rutter (Ozdemir 82) Jones (T.Williams 55)
Swansea City: Rutter, Evans, Jones, De Boer, Cooper, Cabango, Paulet (Rushesha 77), Price, Thomas, Williams (Rickard 62), Jones-Thomas (Ali-Hamad 77)