ABERYSTWYTH Town’s talented Under 19s team have clinched the Welsh Premier Development League (South) Championship title.
The Cambrian News reported “Bari Morgan’s young Seasiders followed up their 4-0 win over Barry Town on Sunday with a 5-0 home win over Risca United at Park Avenue on Wednesday evening to secure the honours.
With title rivals Swansea City being held to 2-2 draw at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Bari Morgan’s side have been confirmed as Champions with a game to spare. Aber are four points clear of the still-unbeaten Swans, who they travel to play in their final league match on Sunday.
Aberystwyth will now play Welsh Premier Development League (North) Champions The New Saints in the national final, at Newtown on 7 May.
“I really couldn’t be more proud of our players throughout the season,” said manager Morgan. “Their attitude and commitment to learn and work hard has been brilliant, and they thoroughly deserve all the praise on winning the league. It shows that there is certainly talent in Ceredigion.”
On Wednesday, two goals from top scorer Liam Doherty – taking his tally to 30 goals – and singles by Geoff Kellaway, Jack Rimmer and Niall Coleridge sealed a 5-0 win over Risca United.
Aber opened the scoring when striker Liam Doherty latched onto a ball in behind the Risca defence and coolly lobbed the ball over the keeper.
The Seasiders further increased their lead when midfielder Niall Coleridge produced a screamer from 25 yards which flew into the top corner of the net.
Things then got even better as Jack Rimmer extended the home team’s lead on the stroke of half time.
The second half was similar to the first half, and even though Aber were playing into a strong wind, they continued to dominate Risca with their pace and quick movement.
It wasn’t long before Aber celebrated their fouth goal when senior player Geoff kellaway smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
As news began to filter through that Cardiff Met had secured a 2-2 draw against Swansea, Aber sealed a perfect night with the perfect goal when young striker Liam Doherty produced an incredible strike from 30 yards to notch up his 30th goal for the season.
“I’m so pleased for these young lads,” said manager Morgan. “They have been fantastic all season, and their attitude and commitment has been spot on from the very first pre-season session. All the hard work has paid off for them.
“What’s pleased me the most is the commitment. Some weeks we have had 20 players in training, and every player has made themselves available for long journeys away, and it has paid off.
“We still have a lot to play for, and following our game in Swansea City this weekend, we have a Cup Final, and a play-off game against TNS to decide the winners throughout Wales, so there is still lots to look forward to.”
Last Sunday, a hat-trick from Harri Horwood and a Niall Coleridge goal had secured the points in their 4-0 win against Barry Town at Park Avenue” here.