PEMBROKESHIRE County Schools FA has just finished a very successful season, culminating with the Under 11s side becoming joint Welsh Champions with Cardiff and Vale Schools, after playing some terrific football throughout the season.
This year the County Schools have run teams from Under 8s to Under 13s, plus an Under 15s side, which means over 150 boys and girls represented their county.
The Under 8s, Under 9s and Under 10s played in festivals organised by the Welsh Schools FA, against other county schools sides from Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen and Bridgend – and the players competed well against the larger counties to show Pembrokeshire’s strength in depth.
The Under 11s Tom Yeoman’s side had a fantastic season. This very talented group of players really deserved to take their place in the finals after some excellent displays of football against Afan Nedd, Swansea, Carmarthen and Aberystwyth.
In the finals they beat very strong Flint and RCT squads to meet Bangor in the semi-finals. This was a one-sided affair leading to Pembrokeshire getting through to the finals for the second year running.
The final was a close-run game with Pembs having chances to win, but Cardiff defended well. A draw was a fair result, as they were declared joint champions.
The Under 12s, Under 13s and Under 15s played in their respective league age groups in the Welsh Schools Inter-Association Cup Competition. These matches involved playing against some very strong sides, some consisting of Swansea City, Cardiff City and Bristol Rovers Academy players, who are released by the professional clubs for schools games.
The Under 11s recently held their presentation evening at Heatherton, thanks to the generosity of Charles Davies.
Awards and certificates were presented by former schools’ player Frazer Finlay, who gained an Under 19s Welsh Colleges Cap with Pembrokeshire College.
The Under 8s, 9s and 10s also had a presentation night at Heatherton.