2024 Bute Energy U16s Cup final preview: Kinmel Bay v Cardiff Wanderers

The Bute Energy U16s Cup final between Kinmel Bay and Cardiff Wanderers will open an exciting day of football at Latham Park on Sunday (KO 12:30) as both teams look to lift the trophy for the very first time.

Taking place ahead of the FAW Youth Cup final which kicks-off at the same venue at 4pm, both teams have claimed impressive victories throughout the campaign and will be desperate to round-off a memorable season by lifting silverware at this showcase event.

Barry Town United claimed the trophy last season with a 6-0 win over Abergavenny at Penydarren Park in Merthyr, but a new name will be add this year as both teams look to make history.

For North Wales side Kinmel Bay, the road to the final began in September as a hat-trick from Lexi Walsh was complimented by a double from Baileigh Aaron and a goal from Molly Williams as CPD Merched Tref Caernarfon were defeated 6-2 in the qualifying round.

Penalties were required in the next round following a 1-1 draw with CPD Henllan before Walsh continued her fine-form in the competition in November by scoring four goals in the 5-0 win over Ystradgynlais in the quarter-final.

The tournament resumed in March as the side travelled to Talycopa in the semi-finals and this time Walsh would add to her competition haul by scoring six goals in the 7-2 win at Aberystwyth, including an incredible three-minute hat-trick, with Abbie Tonks also finding the target to move the side into the final with a convincing win.

Walsh has scored over 50 goals this season in all competitions as her side look to bring the trophy back to North Wales for the first time since 2018/19 when Penrhyn Bay were the winners. 

Goals from Lily Bell and Seren Thomas-Condon handed Cardiff Wanderers a comfortable start to the cup campaign as Pontypridd United were defeated 2-0 in the opening round.

Thomas-Condon would score a further two goals in the next round as Porth Harlequins found themselves on the end of a 7-2 reverse with goals from Emillia Ashun, Ella Tout, Sophie Jones together with substitutes Josie Bayley and Evie Brown completing the scoring. 

A place in the semi-final was secured in November as Alys Wilson scored the only goal of the game for Cardiff Wanderers in the 1-0 win over North Cardiff Cosmos, and Wilson was again on target to help ensure her side booked their place in the final as Johnstown were beaten 3-1 with Sophie James scoring the first and third goals in the victory. 

The 2024 Bute Energy U16s Cup final between Kinmel Bay and Cardiff Wanderers takes place at Latham Park in Newtown on Sunday 14 April (KO 12:30).

Entry is £2 for adults and free for concessions. It is cash only on the gate and the price also covers admission to the FAW Youth Cup final later in the day.

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