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5-a-side match report
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WELSH COLLEGES NATIONAL 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT-12 NOVEMBER 2013
Valero sponsored Pembrokeshire College travelled to Swansea with a boys and a girls squad to compete in the National Welsh Colleges 5-a-side tournament, with the winners going through to represent Wales in the British Colleges tournament next year.
In previous years the results have not always been favourable for both squads, but this year, what a difference for the boys. Each group game was a very high tempo 12 minute affair, very physical with the need to move the ball quickly and keep the mind focussed on the high intensity of the game both in possession, during transition and when defending.
They were defeated by Merthyr College in their first group game 6-4. This was very much a baptism of fire, learning to adjust to the games intensities. Having got a feel of what needed to be done, the Pembrokeshire College boys won their next 4 group games, defeating Coleg Meiron Dwyfor 4-3, Cardiff and The Vale 6-4, Deeside 5-2 and Coleg Powys 6-3.
Pembrokeshire progressed to the quarter finals as group runners up only by a marginal 2 goal difference, having finished the group games on equal points with Merthyr. In the quarter final they defeated Coleg y Cymoedd 4-1 and were then drawn to play the winners of the tournament for the past 4 years, Swansea Gower College in the semi-final. The Pembs boys continued their outstanding form in this match and deservedly defeated the favourites 4-2 with goals from Joey Lewin, Jac Pepper, Dylan Davies and Laurie Haworth to see them qualify for the final for the first time ever. In fact this was the first time that Pembrokeshire had progressed beyond the group stage.
So, into the final against another very strong team, Neath Port Talbot College, in a game which swung both ways, Neath Port Talbot taking the lead first before Pembs equalised, then they took the lead through Laurie Haworth and Liam Fawcett and with just a minute left on the clock with Pembs battling to gain a momentous victory, Neath Port Talbot equalised. Agonisingly, just before the final whistle and a golden goal extra time, Neath fired home the winner to leave the Pembs boys shattered by this narrow defeat, but very proud, winning the plaudits of everyone, opposition coaches, players and Welsh Colleges selectors alike, with the general consensus being that Pembrokeshire were the better team.
The performances of Pembrokeshire College in this tournament have not gone unnoticed throughout the College football fraternity in Wales and this is testament to the fact that although geographically Pembrokeshire is ‘out of the way,’ we have got some tremendous talent in our county and these boys certainly made everyone sit up and take notice. Congratulations boys on a fantastic achievement.
Squad: Daniel Evans, Jake Palmer, Dylan Davies, Laurie Haworth, Joey Lewin, Declan Escott, Liam Fawcett, Jac Pepper.