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Welsh Colleges 5-a-side Tournament: 12th November 2013

All the Further Education Colleges from across Wales came together at Play Football in Swansea for the annual Welsh Colleges’ 5-aside football tournament, with the winner representing Wales at the British Colleges finals in Easter 2014.

The NPTC Neath men’s team finished comfortable winners of the pool, brushing aside teams from Brecon, St David’s, Bridgend and Coleg y Cymoedd, with comfortable margins.

The quarter-final saw the men’s team up against a good Coleg Llandrillo team but again saw a comfortable victory by six goals to nil. The semi-final against a very good Coleg Menai team produced a much closer game than the score line suggested, with NPTC running out 5-2 winners.

The final saw a surprise result as the heavily fancied favourites Gower College lost to Pembrokeshire College, meaning NPTC faced a new finalist. Pembrokeshire College started off with far more intensity and quality to take a 1-0 and 2-1 lead with a Lloyd Jones (Level 3 Sport) goal sandwiched in between. Thankfully, two goals in the last minute from Matthew Birdsey (PTA Carpentry) and Matthew Rowley (Level 3 Sport) saw NPTC win the prestigious tournament taking the leaners to the BCS Finals in Bath next year.

The victorious squad are: Matthew Birdsey, Cameron Davies, William Davies, Lloyd Jones, Conah Mcfenton, Evan Corcoran, Matthew Rowley and Tom Barber.

The Neath girls’ 5-a-side team played their way into the semi-finals with grace and skill as the tournament progressed at the Swansea Play Football Centre. The girls finished top of the group with wins against Yale: 4-2, Powys Newtown: 4-0, Coleg Menai: 4-2, Coleg Llandrillo: 3-1 and Coleg Sir Gâr: 3-2, losing only one game to Merthyr by 4 goals to 1. The team breezed through the quarters with a successful 6-1 performance against Deeside College to reach the semis where they finally met their match, Cardiff and the Vale. This proved to be a difficult game and the girls gave their all by playing well as a team. They closed down Cardiff’s options and forced them to defend but eventually Neath lost 5-2. Cardiff went on to win the tournament. In total, 14 goals came from Captain Sophia Ramallo-Rees, four from Kirsty O’Donnell, three each from Katy Hosford and Zoe Parfitt, two from Sophie Amor and one from Courtney Sawyers. Well done girls, Welsh Colleges’ semi-finalists.