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Davies hails record Youth Cup win

Under-19s captain Keston Davies hailed his side’s “team performance” as Swansea City lifted an historic 16th FAW Youth Cup at Newtown’s Latham Park on Wednesday night.
 
A 5-0 win over Welsh Premier side Gap Connah’s Quay saw the young Swans retain the title for a seventh successive season.
 
And Davies, who also captained the side to victory in the competition against Cardiff last season, admits he hopes to follow in the footsteps of other young Swans who have lifted the title.
 
“I’m over-the-moon to get the result,” the defender said. “Lifting the trophy two years in a row means a lot to me.
 
“There are so many other young Swans players who have won this cup and gone on to have great careers. Players like Joe Allen and Ben Davies have played in and won this tournament, it would be great to follow in their footsteps one day.
 
“We had a slow start but once we were up and running we were fine. We worked hard to create chances and scored good goals to earn a deserved win.
 
“This cup means so much to everyone involved with the Swans at the academy. The victory is a small thank you for what they have done for us this season.”
 
Swans winger Kyle Copp gave the young Swans the lead midway through the first half after heading home Liam Cullen’s cross.
 
The 19-year-old extended Swansea’s lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time before an Owain Jones double and a Causso Darame strike secured victory.
 
And Copp, who scored in every round of the competition to take his tally to seven Youth Cup goals this season, admitted there was no better way to end his campaign.
 
“It is amazing for me to have won this cup for a fourth year in a row,” he said.
“We have had to work hard in the competition this season to retain the title. We have played some tough teams, so to win once again is a fantastic achievement.
 
“I’ve managed to score a few in this competition over the years but to net two more and help the team retain the cup is brilliant. I could not have asked for anything more. 
 
“I don’t score with many headers, so it was great to get us off the mark with that before I had the opportunity from the penalty spot. There were a few opportunities for a hat-trick tonight but it was not to be.
 
“Every cup success in this competition means something different. I was just happy to be out on the pitch to help the team retain the title.”
 
Swansea City have now won the FAW Youth Cup title for a record 16th time, once more than Cardiff City who have won the Cup on 15 occasions.

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