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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:05

Triple A

SATURDAY 8th APRIL - Park Avenue, warm and sunny.
CHIRK AAA 2 PENLAN CLUB 1 (after extra time) (FAW TROPHY FINAL)
Having followed the FAW Trophy competition closely throughout the season, I always hoped to attend the final. When the final venue was announced as Aberystwyth, I was in two minds - Cardiff to Aber by public transport is rather tedious - but thankfully the FAW came to the rescue, and I've secured a lift with Head of Referees Ray Ellingham.

Football chat makes the road trip pass quickly and we're in Aberystwyth by 1pm. The ground is open and fans from the Swansea- and Wrexham-based finalists are already gathering, Chirk in red and Penlan in predominantly yellow colours. Programmes and refreshments are on sale and the Aber Town club shop is even open, although many groups of fans are heading off to the town-centre bars for the next hour.

Conditions are perfect for watching football - a warm and sunny afternoon, and no wind. I'm hoping the match lives up to the occasion. It's a hard fixture to assess, with clubs from such different leagues. Chirk have the experience of previous finals, three times winners and losing finalists a few seasons ago. Penlan are a newer club, but have been dominating Swansea Senior football in recent years. There have been no north/south encounters at all in this year's Trophy, and whilst Wrexham Area teams have again had a very good campaign, dominating the final rounds, Swansea clubs have a good record in the Trophy. Penlan, on their day, can be very impressive, especially if they can retain their discipline.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015 18:42

Cardiff v Swansea in the Trophy

SATURDAY 17th OCTOBER - Lawrenny Avenue / Leckwith Stadium - dry but cool.
CANTON LIBERAL 4 PENLAN CLUB 1 (FAW TROPHY, Round 3)

Third Round of the Trophy, 32 ties to choose from. As ever, there are plenty of interesting candidates but on this particular Saturday my choice is restricted - it's really not a day to attempt to use public transport, as Cardiff is once again swamped with rugby fans: not just those of the four visiting teams playing in the RWC quarter-finals in the Millennium Stadium this weekend, but also the usual turn-out of locals (who re-discover their interest in rugby on days when Wales are playing), heading to the city centre bars to watch the Welsh team at Twickenham this afternoon.

But I'm lucky: one of the very best ties in the third round of the Trophy is tight here in Cardiff (there are actually two local games). It's a Cardiff v Swansea clash (which always adds spice) and it involves two very good teams, Canton Liberal and Penlan Club. So, for the second time this season, my destination is the Libs' pitch next to Cardiff Athletic Stadium.

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Saturday, 25 January 2014 20:03

BLOWN AWAY

SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY: Mynydd Newydd Playing Fields - strong winds and squally showers
PENLAN 2 GARDEN VILLAGE 1 (FAW Trophy Round 5)

It was called off shortly before kick-off time last week - so after another fairly wet week travelling to Swansea for Penlan v Garden Village could be regarded as risky. But it hasn't rained since Friday evening, it's a reasonable morning, mild and with sunny intervals; pitch reports from Swansea are encouraging, and as I really wanted to watch this tie, I decide to go for it. How soon to go is a good question: from the FAW and Garden Village websites, anyone unfamiliar with the FAW Trophy would believe it's a 2pm kick off. But on checking, I get confirmation that it's 1.30, as I suspected. I'll never understand why this error keeps happening round after round, season after season ?

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