CAVC Futsal Girls Winners

WELSH COLLEGES FEMALE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

3rd May 2016

On Wednesday 28th April 2016 the newly formed partnership of Cardiff & Vale College and Cardiff City FC Foundation Team CAVs) selected and provided its first female college squad to participate in the WCFA Female Cup.
The format of the day included a group fixture schedule with the top two qualifying for the finals. The competition included some very experienced female programmes that had been competing in Cat 1 football previously. The likes of Neath Port Talbot (Swansea City LFC Academy) Merthyr College and Gower College have a strong presence in the female college programme.
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The Bluebirds first fixture was against Merthyr College with the game starting slowly. Both teams looked sharp but a goal from Montanna May saw Team CAVs open the scoring. Some resolute defending marshalled by Lilly Crandon and Robyn Facey saw Team CAVs start the day with a 1-0.

 

Next up were Pembrokeshire College, team CAVs quickly set about putting them under pressure with Bethan Evans and Joanne causing havoc on the flanks. The girls quickly asserted themselves and Team CAVs found themselves 2-0 up. This scoreline was enough to see the girls pick up their second win of the day.

 

A real tough back to back fixture saw Team CAVs first of all face NPT College in the deadly rivals kit of Swansea City. Immediately after this fixture the girls faced another tough encounter playing a very well drilled Gower College. 

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Team CAVs vs Swansea City was everything you would expect from a local derby, high intensity, quick tempo, strong tackles and end to end football. The game was closing in for a draw but towards the end a quick counter attack saw the Swans cruelly win the game 1-0.

Team CAVs had no time to feel sorry for themselves as they faced a seemingly excited Gower College but to the girls credit they dealt with the disappointment of the previous game convincingly dispatching Gower College 2-0.

 

The final game which Team CAVs had to win and win well to finish in the top two positions was against Minnows College Menai. The girls started the game quite nervously and the football was highlighted by this, the quick flowing two touch football had resorted to a longer pass without any outcome. This was until Jess Thompson found a bit of space and created an opportunity for Montanna May to set up Bethan Evans for the opener. After this the nerves had gone and the free flowing football returned. Team CAVs went on to win 4-0 and made it through to the final where they met Merthyr College.

 

The final was played in some very strange weather conditions seeing all four seasons in a 30 minute period.

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Another edgy affair but Team CAVs opened the scoring, something they had deserved in the opening period of the game. As the clock counted down, Merthyr College, spurred on from their earlier defeat threw caution to the win and pressed Hughes, forcing Team CAVs to make a few mistakes. This allowed Merthyr College to claw their way back and level the game 1-1. At the final whistle the game finished 1-1 and entered extra time. 

 

A simple Team CAVs team talk by Jamie Sherwood and Matt Roberts gave the girls the encouragement to go out and put on a performance as previously seen in other games. The girls of Team CAVs ran out worthy winners 3-1 against a very competitive Merthyr College.

 

Team CAVs were crowned champions and the girls celebrated in style and were full of noise, song and banter immediately after the final whistle.

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Team CAVs Squad
 (L-R) Morgan Muir, Ellie Hawrot, Louisa Paul (Mitch), Molly Facey, Tamara Freeman (Morgan), Lilly Crandon, Montanna May (Hannah)
(L-R) Jess Thompson, Bethan Evans, Joanne Hodge, Robyn Facey