Cardiff City’s DSActive Team recently travelled to St George’s Park to compete in the Premier League Down’s Syndrome Football Festival in a bid to defend their title.
The festival attracted eighteen teams who competed across 3 different divisions.
The Bluebirds kicked off their campaign in a positive manner, with a 4-1 victory over Northampton Town FC. This strong form was to continue throughout the group stages, as Cardiff went on to comfortably obtain 4-0 and 5-0 victories over Lincoln City and Norwich City, respectively, before concluding the group stages with a hard-fought win over QPR.
Four successive wins granted Cardiff City a place in the semi-finals, where the Bluebirds were to battle it out against Watford.
A final 1-1 tie at full time verified that the Welsh side had been subjected to their toughest opponents of the day in The Hornets; yet a spirited Cardiff City proved their resilience by booking their place in the final after coming up trumps on penalties.
Derby County, also successful through their running, were City’s final opponent of the day. Despite their steady and convincing performance thus far however, the Bluebirds took an early lead with a two goal advantage which created the momentum for Cardiff to stay ahead.
Cardiff upped their game in the final and got off to a flying start with two early goals that set them in good stead for the full ninety – going on to win the final comfortably.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Captain Scott Rohan said;
“I’m delighted to win because we worked hard as a team and trained every week to win for Cardiff city. I’m proud of all the boys!”
Disability Football manager, Chris McDermott spoke on his team’s achievement;
“I’m really proud of the guys. They’re a committed bunch and all they want to do is play football and represent their club. They have come here today and played very well and come away with the silverware, which they deserved. They also represented Cardiff and Wales immaculately with their dignity and respect for other teams, referees and organisers. None of it would have been possible without the support of the two coaches; Joshua Law and Tony Ellaway, who work with them every week.’
Players: Tom Waite, Luke Baker, Ellis Bishop , Luke Hollingsworth, Scott Rohan, Gareth Lloyd