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Llandudno U19s through to FAW Youth Cup Quarter-Final

By Geraint Roberts

Llandudno U19s beat Connah’s Quay U19s on Sunday to progress to the Quarter-Final of the FAW Youth Cup.

“They are always willing to learn and give everything in training and matches which is all you can ask for really” Mark Orme

Goals from Joe Carey, Osian Jones (2) and Aron Hughes was enough to safely put Llandudno in the draw for the next round.

The youngsters will now face a difficult test to Cardiff Met in a battle for a place in the semi-final of the competition.

Llandudno U19s manager Mark Orme said the result has given everyone a big lift.

“It’s a big lift for everyone. We have had some really good performances over the last month of sobut not turned them into positive results. We lost 2-1 to both Bangor and Connah’s Quay in the league despite playing really well.” Said the manager.

“It was great for the lads to get a win that their efforts deserved, especially against such a good side as the Nomads.”

This is third time in a row that the U19s have reached the quarter-final of the competition and Orme has said that there are a lot of positive signs to be seen in his squad.

“Without a doubt it shows the promise. Seven of yesterday’s squad are only first years and we only have two players who are actually third years, so moving forwards there is plenty of room for the boys to continue to develop as a team but also as individuals.” Said Mark.

“As a team we can be quite inconsistent at times, but you expect that with young players to be honest. There is no doubting the ability that they possess and I must say that from day one their attitudes and willingness to learn has been superb.”

It’s Cardiff Met in the Quarter-Final and Mark has admitted it will be a tough test for his side.

“I don’t know much about them to be honest. I have looked at the league table and they are second only to Aberystwyth in the Southern Development League, so they must be a good side.”

“I will speak to a few contacts and look to find out what I can about them so that we can prepare the lads as well as we can, but on our day we know we can compete with anybody.” Said Mark.

“It will be a good trip away for us and one that I’m sure we are all looking forward to.”

Telor Wiliams, Osian Jones and Aron Hughes have been on the fringes of the first team this season and Mark says it’s great that they can be involved with Iwan Williams’ team.

“It’s great that Osh, Telor and Aron have all been involved with the first team season as ultimately the 19s is not about results, it’s about getting players into Iwan’s squad.”

“There’s no issue with them when they come back down to the 19s, they train really well and give the young lads something to look up to and aim for.”

“Elliott Jarvis has also been involved with the firsts and at 16 is a real prospect in goal. There is quality throughout the squad but the most important thing for me is that they are a good group as people.” Said Mark.

“They are always willing to learn and give everything in training and matches which is all you can ask for really.”

The FAW Youth Cup Quarter-Final ties will be played on Sunday the 3rd of February.


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Updated 15:20 - 26 Nov 2018 by Geraint Roberts

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