Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg’s under 15s girls’ soccer team secured a tremendous victory in the Welsh Schools Football Cup Final on Saturday (12 May) in Oswestry.
The team played Ysgol Bro Myrddin in the prestigious event at The New Saints FC football ground and came away with a 1-0 win over the Carmarthenshire team. The Welsh Cup will now stand proudly on display in Ysgol Garth Olwg’s Church Village campus.
The girls ensured their place in the final after winning 4-2 against Stanwell school in Penarth last month.
After months of hard work and training they were rewarded on Saturday with the opportunity to shine on the national stage as the 14 strong squad stood side by side on the pitch to sing the national anthem in front of television cameras.
In a closely fought game, the girls put their finely-tuned soccer skills into action and with steely determination they took the game to their Bro Myrddin opponents. The only goal of the game came during the first half when Carys Minton, who also plays for Llantwit Fardre FC, struck the ball hard into the back of the net. In the second half, Bro Myrddin made several attempts at a comeback but were faced with a brave defence from Garth Olwg, particularly from the team’s goalkeeper Becca Jones.
At the final whistle, the girls jumped with joy before being presented with their medals and the cup from John Mann, Chairman of the Welsh
Schools FA and Caroline Spanton, Head of Football Development at the FAW.
The team’s coach, their sports teacher and former Welsh international footballer, Kath Morgan, said:
“I am so proud of the girls for bringing the Welsh Cup home to Garth Olwg.
They have all worked hard, but most importantly, they have formed a strong bond as a team and have shown great determination in becoming Welsh champions. In doing so they have put the school and the Pontypridd area on the map and have been great ambassadors for Welsh football. It is a joy to be able to coach them in the Welsh language and to see them enjoy sport through the medium of Welsh.”
The team’s captain, Lara Watts of Church Village, said:
“Many of us have been playing football together for a long time, others within the team are newer to the game, but together we make a very strong squad and we love playing the game. We’re so proud to have won the Welsh Cup for our school and we’re very grateful to our teachers, particularly Miss Kath Morgan, for giving us the time, the inspiration and the support we needed to make it the top.”
Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg’s headteacher, Mr Trystan Edwards, said:
“It was fabulous to be there to see the girls win and to display such ambition, skill and determination. They have made everyone in the school very proud. We are grateful to both Edwards Travel and to 1st Image, The Welsh Shop, Treforest for supporting our team, as well as to the parents and staff who have been behind the girls every step of the way. We are now looking forward to training for the next season.”