On Thursday 29th January 2015 the annual Schools Football Tournament in association with Cardiff City Foundation and New Directions Education took place. Now in its 16th year of running – the competition had over 100 entries from schools across South Wales.
From YGG Dyffryn Y Glowyr who travelled from Cwmtwrch Isaf, Swansea and to YGG Gellionnen who joined the tournament from Clydach, the competition was one of the best attended in recent years
The final was a hard fought battle between Blackwood Primary School and Llandaff Church School with the latter as eventual winners.
Llandaff kicked off the game, but the first attempt on goal came from a determined Blackwood who put pressure on last year’s champions from the off. Llandaff answered with a tremendous corner taken within the first ten minutes which didn’t yield the result they hoped for.
With the game well under play crowds watched on as Llandaff hit the woodwork twice, and had two goals disallowed. Blackwood proved the grittier and more determined side in the first half keeping the pressure on a professional looking Llandaff team.
After a fantastic save from the Blackwood keeper, the Valleys side were forced to defend a number of attempts from Llandaff before the first half finished 0-0.
Blackwood kicked off an impressive second half; Llandaff won an early corner which was forced away by the tireless Blackwood side. The Blackwood keeper had his work cut out in the opening minutes of the second half, but kept a level head which resulted in the ball making it to the other end of the pitch for a Blackwood near miss.
After a second near miss from Blackwood an impressive Llandaff scored an early second half goal to take the lead. The game intensified with attempts on goal from both sides. With a final attempt on goal from Blackwood very narrowly missed, the whistle blew to a Llandaff victory.
This is the second year that Llandaff have triumphed as champions of the competition.
Speaking about their side’s journey, Blackwood’s coach Max commented; ‘We have had an awesome time throughout this competition. Our team could not have done any more to make it to the final. It was closely fought and our boys can be very proud of what they achieved here at the Cardiff House of Sport’.
Joel Hutton, Schools Manager for Cardiff City Foundation congratulated both teams on their efforts in the final, and went on to explain how they would now represent Cardiff City in the regional heats.
Gary Williams, Director of Business Development for New Directions Education and long-time patron of the competition praised the spirit of all the teams in the competition adding; ‘One of you sat here today could be the future of the Welsh team. In the 16 years this competition has been running we have seen players such as Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and David Cotterill grace this pitch, as well as Sam Warburton who was at that time yet to choose the type of ball he would make his success from.
This was a wonderful final to watch and had the whole crowd gripped with every piece of play. We look forward to welcoming you all back next year’.