South Walians to represent Tîm Rhanbarthol Cymru at UEFA Regions’ Cup after play-off win

It will be a South Wales side who will represent Tîm Rhanbarthol Cymru in the 2024/25 UEFA Regions’ Cup after they defeated their Northern counterparts 2-1 at Trefelin’s Ynys Park to secure a 4-1 victory on aggregate.

The North Walians trailed 2-0 from the first leg, so it was no surprise that they came racing out of the blocks in the opening quarter of an hour and came millimetres away from scoring as Mold Alexandra frontman Danny Warren hit the post after being played through by Haci Ozlu.

Nathan Leonard’s side were made to rue that missed opportunity moments later as Cam Strinati’s cross from the left was turned in from close range by his Cambrian & Clydach Vale teammate Liam Eason to open the scoring for Tîm Rhanbarthol Cymru Y De.

They doubled their lead for the afternoon eight minutes later when Pontardawe Town midfielder Joe Lloyd won the ball in the middle of the park before driving into the box and firing home.

It may have been 4-0 to the South Walians on aggregate, but Nathan Leonard’s Northern side continued to attack in the second half and were rewarded in the final 20 minutes when Gresford Athletic’s Haci Ozlu lashed home after the hosts failed to clear.

Andy Hill’s side will now move on to the UEFA Regions’ Cup intermediate round in Serbia in September, where Tîm Rhanbarthol Cymru have been drawn in a group with the RAT (Regional Amateur Teams) from Serbia, Slovakia and North Macedonia.

The eight intermediate round group winners will qualify for the finals – to be held, in principle, in the first two weeks of either June or July 2025 and hosted by one of the qualifiers.

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