Noah Bushby in Cardiff City Women U19 training

City Women U19s to compete in Hugh James SWFA Women's Cup Final

City Women' U19s side are set to compete in the Hugh James SWFA Women's Cup Final against Cascade YC Women on Sunday afternoon.

The fixture will take place at the SDM Glass Stadium in Bridgend, with a kick-off time of 2pm.

A place in the final was secured in dramatic fashion, as the young Bluebirds won a penalty shootout against Cambrian and Clydach Vale.

Noah Bushby in Cardiff City Women U19 training

We caught up with U19 head coach Noah Bushby ahead of the Final.

"We're really looking forward to it," Noah began. "It's been a long season, but one where we've had a lot of development. It's a good chance for us to showcase that and how much progress we've made as a group. It's always nice to compete in these big games and hopefully, we can come away with a win.

"We're expecting a physical challenge, but that's why we entered this competition at the start of the season. We spoke as a group of staff about the development of our players and one of my key things was that I wanted the group to experience physical football so that when they progress into the Senior Team, they are ready. This competition has helped with that.

"It's a huge achievement to reach the Final. We wanted to challenge our players against Senior Women's teams and we've had some mental challenges as well, like a penalty shootout and coming from behind in the Semi Final. To get back to level terms, our players had to be strong mentally. We're really happy with how the players have stepped up. 

"So many of our players have made their debuts at Senior level this season and that's where we see our rewards. As much as we want to win on Sunday, seeing their progression means that it's been a really successful season."

Megan Waite

U19 captain, Megan Waite, added: "I've spoken to the girls and they're buzzing to have made is this far. It's a big achievement, especially because it's such a young squad. We've had some good results in the competition so far and we're not shy of a challenge. 

"Playing in this competition has definitely been beneficial for us. It's a physical challenge that the squad needed. Everyone was a bit wary about playing in a Senior Women's competition, but I think it has really helped us. 

"It's been a great season for us. A lot of the girls have proven themselves at Senior level and as a captain, I just get that proud feeling. To see them doing so well, I've been really happy for them."