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The Nomads U16s celebrate their victory over Flint Town United - Image courtesy of Mark Rowlands' Instagram

History made as U16s win North Wales Academy Cup Final

Date Published: Saturday, 21st April, 2018 - 8:54pm

Congratulations to The Nomads Academy U16 side who this past Friday won the North Wales Academy Cup with an extra time victory over Flint Town United, meaning that The Nomads now have National Cup Finalists at First Team, U16, U14 and U12 age groups.

Following the victory, Mark Rowlands spoke to The Nomads website;
"After a great season and finishing top of the group, it was important to prepare as best as we could for the North Wales Academy Cup Final against Flint. After losing 3-1 in our previous encounter, we worked on a few things that could potentially win us the game - we knew it would be a very tough game as Flint are a very good side and it proved to be just that.

It was fiercely competitive and after going a goal behind, the lads stayed calm and showed unbelievable desire and determination to get back into the game with a second half penalty scored by Elliot Evans. We were now looking to grab a late winner - we hit the post three times, but the game finished 1-1 at full time.

In the first period of extra time, our pressure paid off after winning three corners in a row, it was Aran Jones who headed home from six yards to put us 2-1 up. We piled on the pressure during the second period of extra time, but again the post denied us. It was an unbelievable feeling to reach the National Academy Cup Final and to also have the First Team, U12s U14s and now U16s in major cup finals."


Director of Football Jay Catton added;
"It was a remarkable result on Friday night - a huge well done to coaches Iain Bennett and Mark Rowlands on a brilliant result and ensuring that, for the first time in Welsh football history, one club has made the National Final at all four levels including our First Team, U16, U14 and U12 age groups.

May Bank Holiday weekend will truly be a historical time for our club and will be a great couple of days for all at the Nomads to come down and support our players and sides. A special mention also to Leighton Sumner who coached this side from U10s-U15s moving eight players onto pro clubs alone from this group and aiding re-development each year along with Iain and Mark this season culminating in being crowned North Wales Champions! An incredible seven year journey for a lot of Friday night's U16s side, which also bodes very well for The Nomads Academy Coleg Cambria scholarship side next year who today were officially confirmed into Category One League for next season.

A massive well done again to everyone involved and good luck to all sides in their National Finals."


The celebrations after Friday night's game were caught on camera and you can check them out through our Instagram post below.

Some great celebrations last night as the U16s defeated Flint Town United after extra time to be crowned as North Wales Champions - they join our U12 and U16 team to become league champions - the first time in The Nomads Academy history this has happened! #Nomads #Winners #NomadsNeverDie #Winning #LeagueChampions #Football #NorthWales #Wales #AcademyFootball #Celebrations

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