The Railway Safety Cup is a competition organised by the British Transport Police toraise awareness for young people about safety on trains and railway tracks.
It was heldin Play football centre, Swansea, and there were teams from RCT, Cardiff, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
Tonyrefail, year 8 girls, have played in many 5-a-side competitions this year and wereoptimistic going into this tournament having narrowly lost on penalties in thefinal of the RCT 5×60 competition at the start of the year. It was an awful wayto lose as the girls didn’t concede a goal in the whole competition butstill didn’t take home the prize.
Thiscompetition was a chance to have a real go and try and gain some silverware.The group was made up of 5 teams with the top 2 qualifying. The girls hit theground running, beating Pentrehafod School 3-1 in the opening fixture whichwould prove to be their toughest game in the group stage.
As thegirls then went on to win 8-0 vs Dyffryn School, 6-2 vs local RCTrivals St Johns, and to finish the group off in style they won 15-1 vs Michaelston School.
This meantthe girls of Tonyrefail topped the group and went on to the semi-finals, wherethey faced Brynteg. This game was very tight and it was 1-1 until the dyingminute, when Tonyrefail grabbed the winner to send them through 2-1 and intothe final.
The finalwas against current champions, Cwmtawe, and were heavy favourites before a ballwas kicked. This final was not one to be missed. The Tonyrefail girls racedaway with a 3-1 lead and the football they played – as they did throughout thetournament – was superb, keeping the ball moving and at a fast pace. However, thepower of the Cwmtawe girls – and their main striker – managed to get the game drawn to 3-3which sent the game into the golden goal rule. Tonyrefail had the better chances but theCwmtawe goalkeeper kept saving and saving, this then allowed Cwmtawe to getone chance and they took it and broke the Tonyrefail girls’ hearts.
The girlsfrom Tonyrefail School were excellent and many of the staff running thecompetition said that they played the best football all day; however, they justfailed at the last hurdle.
Leon Bansal,who is the 5×60 officer for Tonyrefail Comprehensive, said: ‘I am so proud ofthe girls, for the last 2 years they have been a credit and are improving allthe time. They deserved to win but that’s football.’
A brightpoint for Tonyrefail was that their star striker, Jessica Greedy, picked up theplayer of the tournament award – scoring well into the double figures in thecompetition.
The squadfor the competition:
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