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Mardy Tigers F.C.
Wayne Jeremiah
01873880915
1 Rhyd-y-Meirch
Llanover
Abergavenny, United Kingdom
NP7 9EU

 
Mardy Tigers F.C.: THE CORNER FLAG
Mardy Tigers F.C.

Wednesday, October 10
2012-13 Season So Far.

The new season is up and running and it promises to be a very special one because at the end of it we'll be celebrating our tenth anniversary - JUNE 3rd 2013.

For some reason The South Wales Girls League delayed the start of the season until mid September which at least gave clubs an extra couple of weeks to get organised but also meant we lost 2 weeks of good weather.

The tigers were all raring to go and results and performances to date have been very encouraging as we still wait to taste the bitter pill of defeat at U. 14's, U. 16's or indeed senior level. All 3 age groups sit in second place in their respective leagues with 100% winning records. Our U. 14's have also progressed to the quarter-finals of The S.W.F.A. Cup following a win last Sunday against Villa Dino in Round 1. Our U. 16's had a bye and also await the Quarter - Final draw. Our seniors beat Cyncoed 3 v 0 in round 1 of The Welsh Cup and now look forward to a trip to Premier League side Caerphilly in Round 2. On the international stage Shauna and Fiona both travelled to North Wales to represent Wales U. 16's against a strong Belgium outfit.

Our younger age groups have also enjoyed a fine start to the campaign although our U. 10's are playing 5 or 6 a side at the moment due to a shortage of numbers which the club is looking to sort out in the coming weeks. With 2 U. 12's teams competing again this season the future still looks strong as to date our Yellows sit top of their league whilst our younger Blues are in mid table. At the end of October the U. 12's leagues will be split into Division 1 and 2 when the real hard work will begin.

Just a mention of this year's Gwent Development Centre which kicks off this week in Newport and Cwmbran with over 20 tigers of all ages having won a place following trials held in September - GOOD LUCK to you all.

Training throughout the winter for Mardy Tigers will now take place as follows: -

U. 12's, 14's & 16's Tuesday 5.30 - 6.30 on Astro Turf @ K.H.S.

U. 10's Wednesday 5.30 - 6.30 Indoors @ Abergavenny Leisure Centre. 



Shauna Hols The Cup Up High
Cup Winners 2012
Monday, April 23
S.W.G.L. 2012 U. 16's League Cup Final

22/4/2012

U.16's League Cup Final

Mardy Tigers U. 16's 0 v 1 Cardiff City U. 16's

@ Bridgend Town Football Club

Having beaten the tigers comfortably on several occasions this season Cardiff probably thought they only had to turn up today to win the cup but if that was the case then what a shock they were in for as the tigers fought valiantly from first to last minute and can count themselves unlucky not to have taken the game into extra time with the winner luckily coming back off the post straight to the feet of a Cardiff player to slot home. With Big City teams attracting large numbers with oversized squads it's always going to be difficult but as we've shown in the past and will do so again we've never been afraid to mix it with the so called "Super Clubs". Perhaps when the new regions rule comes into play next season we'll see more local clubs like ourselves challenging for honours which surely is what The S.W.G.L. should be all about. Today was all about enjoying the cup final and showing a few of the F.A.W. people that talent is far and wide and not only at the Big Name clubs. This was also the case as I watched the Women's Cup Final as U.W.I.C. ran Cardiff all the way to penalties despite them filling their squad with internationals. Back to the 16's final which was always going to won by the first goal on a boggy pitch due to some heavy showers earlier in the morning. Highlight was a superb finger tip save from Bethan. To their credit the tigers battled right to the end and Alice Morgan had a couple of chances late on only to be denied by some good defending. Credit to the victors but oh boy was there relief as the final whistle blew. Maybe not as easy as they thought???



Tiger Joy!!!
Champions!!!!

Monday, April 2
Tesco Cup Final 2012.

1/4/2012

South Wales U.14's Tesco Cup Final

Mardy Tigers U.14's 0 v 1 Troedyrhiw U.14's

@ Bryntirion Athletic Football Club  Bridgend.

To say that this was a game of 2 halves would be an understatement as a lack lustre tiger first half display only saw them still in the game at the break thanks to the heroics of goal keeper Alisha who pulled off a string of fine saves to deny an on fire Troedyrhiw outfit determined to banish the memories of 3 defeats against the tigers earlier this season. Midfield where we are usually so strong were outplayed though not wishing to make any excusese but Fiona played despite feeling and looking unwell due to sickness. Having said that had Fiona's effort after just 2 minutes not hit the bar then who knows what might have happened. A cool finish 20 minutes in saw the Merthyr girls take a deserved lead which woke the sleepy tigers into action. Half time and a few choice words from the management asking for a reaction to what had been a poor first half display by the tigers. The second half was a far different story as the tigers took the game by the scruff of it's neck dominating both territory and posession without finding that killer touch in front of goal. To be fair the girls threw everthing at Troedyrhiw coming close when a shot from Katie went inches wide with the keeper left stranded. Watching the game you just got the feeling we weren't going to score today and so it proved for the first time this season and on the biggest of days too. Corner after corner was defended superby by Troedyrhiw and the odd luck of the bounce seemed to go their way at times too. Having said that the final whistle saw deserved winners on the day wnd whilst disappointed the tigers live to fight another day and look to next Sunday and winning the league title @ Villa Dino. It also has to be said that the final had been played in superb spirit both on and off the pitch with mutual respect shown to 2 very good sides. It wasn't to be our day but lots still to play for this season for a tremendous group of dedicated players. 



Monday, January 30
JANUARY 2012

Amazingly very few game have been lost to the weather in January which has meant plenty of football for our many tiger age groups. Our "Tiglets" continue to grow in numbers and have enjoyed a January full of festivals both indoors and outdoors. Inddor training every Wednesday has certainly helped keeping the youngsters warm and dry through the winter months. It's been a busy month too for both our U.12's teams as they embark upon their new leagues in Divisions 1 & 2. It has to be said that both teams are doing superbly well with "The A Team " sitting second behind Maesglas whilst "The B Team" are well clear at the top of their division having played more games than their rivals. February will be an important month for both U.12's teams. Our U.14's continued their march to league championship glory in January and victory @ Villa Dino next Sunday will see the champions crowned. They also embarked upon the league cup campaign with a tough league of 8 teams all looking for a top 4 spot and a place in the semi-finals. A win and a draw has een them start well on their quest to cup glory. February will see them face old rivals Llanyrafon in the Tesco Cup Semi-Final. Our U.16's made it a hat-trick of victories last week and have now begun to show their form. They became the first team to topple Caerphilly off their perch which was satisfying to say the least. A Welsh Cup Quarter-Final away @ Cardiff City is the stand out fixture in February. Our P.I.L.C.S Ladies team have Champions written all over them and need just 6 points from their remaining 4 games to be crowned. Cup glory will be on the agenda next Sunday however as they entertain Cardiff City in The League Cup Quarter-Finals. Summing up it's been a great start to the New Year and with 101 goals scored by our junior sides alone in January a record breaking 2012 could be on the cards. KEEP IT GOING TIGER!!!

Anyone wishing to come on our Wales v Costa Rica trip on29/2/12 please contact me ASAP. 



Monday, January 9
2012 Kicks Off In Style!!!
Mardy Tigers F.C. couldn't really have dreamed of a better start to The New Year with a full fixture list on January 8th. Little doubt about the outstanding result of the day which came @ Caerphilly where our brave U.16's squad became the first team this season to defeat the host club and oh boy they enjoyed it. Having been totally outplayed earlier in the season losing 12 v 0 few people gave the tigers any hope of victory yet they battled their socks off to gain a famous victory and at least shut up 1 anonymous moron who has been leaving abusive messages "Take a look at that me old china". Elsewhere our "Tiglets" travelled to Aberdare for an indoor S.W.G.L. festival and had a great day playing 5 games with 3 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat. They all received special medals at the end of the event. In the U.12's age groups both our A & B teams gained 6 points each with 2 more victories. Our A team travelled to Sully whilst our B team were at Coed Duon. The fine wins leaves our B team top of their league whilst our B team are second in their league. Our U.14's moved 1 step closer to being crowned league champions with an 8 v 0 win at Coed Duon leaving them top of the league with just 2 games remaining. Our Ladies beat Pontypridd 10 v 0 away from home to reach the Quarter-Finals of The League Cup. All in all a very satisfying start to a brand New Year - KEEP IT UP TIGERS.

Monday, November 7
November 6 2011 - Match Reports
The first Sunday in November saw the sun streaming down on what turned out to be a super day for the tigers. We started with "The Tiglets" and a great display against Llanyrafon U.10's in Abergavenny. 4 games and 4 wins but they were played in fantastic spirit both on and off the pitch and a credit to both clubs. Special mention to 7 year tiger Ffion James who netted 12 times on the day and becomes the club's youngest ever member of the "100 Club". Both our U.12's teams were on their travels with our B team travelling to Coed Duon where they defeated Usk Dragons 5 v 0 in a league game. With our A team having completed their league campaign as CHAMPIONS they travelled to Newport and fought out a 0 v 0 draw with old rivals Maesglas in a friendly. Match Of The Day was to be played out in Cwmbran with a top of the table clash between Llanyrafon and The Tigers. The importance of this game couldn't be understated with the league title very much up for grabs. A slow start saw us fall 2 goals behind after just 5 minutes but the sleepy tigers woke from their slumbers, cut off the opposition supply and dominated the game from then on with goals from Grace, Rhianna, Rhiannon and an own goal giving them all 3 points and a top of the table place. It's been a slow start to the seaon for our U.16's with new players all taking time to settle in. A league debut for our new keeper Bethan and a first clean sheet of the campaign in what turned out to be a tight encounter. With time running out there's no one better than "Titch" to pop up with a winner with just 3 minutes remaining and the girls can now look forward to their Welsh Cup game @ Swansea next weekend.

Tuesday, September 20
18/9/2011 - S.W.G.L. Match Reports

Mardy Tigers U.12's A 1 v 1 Mardy Tigers U.12's B - This game demonstrated everything good about Mardy Tigers F.C. with friends and club mates going head to head in pursuit of 3 valuable league points and the future stars of our club certainly didn't let anyone down as the end to end encounter could've gone either way. Have to say that the B team's defense of Lauren, Cerys & Mnaon was absolutely magnificent on the day whilst Falesha worked tirelessly for the A team both in attack and defense. 0 v 0 at the break but the deadlock was soon broken in the second period when a croos from the right from Emily was met at the far post by Bethan who tapped in to give the B team the advantage. The A team however fought back well and no one could deny them the equaliser as Emily powered home from close range to level it up and create the tensist of finishes with both sides having chances to steal the win. Everyone was exhausted at the final whistle, players, managers and supporters but everyone had witnessed a superb u.12's game with the future of Mardy Tigers F.C. in safe hands. After a short break the A team took on Abertysswg and won 1 v 0 though it really should've been much more comfortable with quite a few chances going beeging. Having given everything in game 1 and a squad of 13 to use the B team met Villa Dino who had just 7 players. Despite the 5 v 0 defeat Pete & kev. remained positive and know that it's more important at this age to use as many players as possible to ensure the club has enough players for the future.

Mardy Tigers U.14's 16 v 1 Villa Dino U.14's - Just 8 players were brought along by our visitors from Newport and so it proved an easy 3 points for the tigers with shooting practise the order of the day. "Dodgy" took the prize home with 8 goals plus a hat-trick for Shauna helping her side remain top of the table.

Mardy Tigers U.16's 2 v 2 Troedyrhiw U.16's - This was a fair result at the end of a game which took a while to take shape but gave us a 4 goal spectacle in the second half with our visitors twice coming from behind to level up with the second of which coming just 5 minutes from time. 

 



Champions
SUPER CUP SUPER TIGERS
Saturday, July 30
2011 Welsh Super Cup

28/29 - 7 - 2011

Welsh International Super Cup

@ Llanrumney University Cardiff

For many years this tournament has been known as The Ian Rush Tournament and been held @ Aberystwyth. However a change of name and venue meant that we could attend as a club for the very first time and enjoy 2 full days of competitive pre-season action against teams not only from Wales but also Scotland and Malta. Tigers past and present joined together in an attempt to add another trophy to the ever expanding trophy cabinet. Day 1 saw the 5 teams all play each other to work out a league table and the draw for the semi-finals to be held on day 2. A change to the schedule meant our first game against the tough Scottish team Glasgow Girls. We settled well and to be fair played most of the football taking the lead through a fine strike from Ellie Leek. However Glasgow fought back and levelled late on to share the points. Our second game saw us come up against opposition from Malta for the first time ever and the tigers began to flow with an emphatic 3 v 0 win thanks to goals from Louise, Katie & Sammy. The girls were flying now and a 7 v 0 win against local rivals Villa Dino really raised the expectations of going all the way to the final. A Zoe hat-trick, 2 from Ellie and 1 each for Rhiannon and Mali emphasised that the team had goal scorers all over the pitch. The scorching temperature was bound to catch up with the girls but their final game saw a right battle against Mid Wales outfit The Lemurs. A strike from Ellie gave them the lead but they were to fall behind for the first time during the day only for a screamer from Zoe to level things up late on for a 2 v 2 draw and second place in the league behind the Scots.

The Finals Day saw a much different day weather wise with cloud and rain welcoming the tigers to Cardiff with the news that they would face their friends from Malta in the semi-final. The girls were told to keep their feet on the ground and take nothing for granted having already beaten Pembroke from Malta 3 v 0 the day before. The tigers however don't do complacent and another fine display of total football saw them achieve the same score line and progress to The Super Cup Final thanks to goals from Rhian, Zoe & Ellie. It wasn't going to take a genius to work out we'd be facing the Glasgow Girls in the final. A tough encounter was forecast and so it proved with no quarter asked or given from either side. We even had a Scottish referee to make our opponents feel at home. Chances came and went for both sides but it was to be the Scots who'd break the deadlock early in the second half. Lie down and die tigers "not on your Nelly" they gave it everything they had but all looked lost until with only minutes remaining a huge hump forward from Shauna Pentney cught out the keeper to send the tigers and their travelling army of fans wild with delight. Extra Time it was then and for all the world it looked like a penalty shootout until a "master stroke" from coach Jeremiah moving Sammy from the left to striker with 2 minutes remaining was to prove invaluable. A wonderful flowing move in the final minute saw the girls work the ball out to Louise on the right and a pin point cross found Sammy who blasted home with her left foot and let the celebrations begin. Having lost to the Scots only a couple of weeks ago in Birmingham revenge certainly tasted sweet and as Katie serenaded them up for their runners up medals Mali led forward her tigertastic team and lift high the magnificent Super Cup in front of their adoring fans below.

Results: -

Day 1 - Tigers 1 v 1 Glasgow Girls     Tigers 3 v 0 Pembroke ( Malta )     Tigers 7 v 0 Villa Dino Christchurch     Tigers 2 v 2 The Lemurs

Day 2 - S/F. - Tigers 3 v 0 Pembroke     Final - Tigers 2 v 1 Glasgow Girls - A.E.T.

Champions - Mardy Tigers U.16's. 



Player's Players Of The Season
Player's Players Of The Season & Martin
Thursday, June 16
A Weekend To Remember.
Champions @ Gloucester In 2011
U.14's Triumph @ Gloucester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 10th June 2011 - Mardy Tigers F.C. Presentation Evening @ The Parkway Hotel Cwmbran - This always promised to be a special evening and that's exactly how it turned out as over 200 guests met up to celebrate all things Mardy Tigers - "The Best Club In Wales". Guest Of Honour at the event was a tiger legend and Welsh international Sharla Passariello who is home on leave from her 4 year course @ University Of South Florida. She came with Barry who has been a lifelong tiger supporter and a huge influence upon Sharla's junior football career. It was great to see them both and I know they had a superb evening catching up with some old friends. Entertainment was provided by female singing talent Beth Lacey who belted out some fantastic tunes to the delight of the dancing tigers in the corner. Looking round the packed room it was with huge pride that I watched players from 8 up to 18 all mixing together as 1 massive tiger army celebrating what had been another amazing season for the club. Time now to feed the hungry tigers as they all tucked into a sumptuous buffet before settling down for the main event of the evening, the awards to all age groups. As club secretary and coach it's always my honour to make the speech but this year I have to admit to a few nerves standing up in front of so many people. I began by thanking the many many people who give up their time freely to help make our club what it is today, the envy of many to say the least, from the parents to the managers to the committee and the referees they all played their part in the season and the girls showed their appreciation. We then moved onto the players and each team was called up in turn to receive their individual trophies and receive the applause they deserved for their endeavours on the field of play over the last 9 months. Time now to recognise individual achievements within those teams and the "Special Awards". For the very first time this year we included our "TIGLETS" Mardy Tigers U.10's and gave them the respect of receiving the same awards as all the others. You'll here some clubs say "They're too young" but we're not some clubs are we?

Golden Boot - This award went to the top scorer in each age group in all league and cup games during the 2010 - 2011 season and were as follows: - U.10's - Ffion James   U.12's - Rhianna Harris   U.14's - Alana Murphy   U.16's - Alice Morgan   U.18's - Amy Thrupp. Between them these 5 tigers had scored close to 200 goals last season.

Most Improved - Special awards to players who had made great strides during the last campaign went to: - U.10's - Eliza Atkins   U.12's - Megan Powell   U.14's - Emily Williams   U.16's - Naomi Cook   U.18's - Demi Bounds.

Parents' Player Of The Season - Blame your mums and dads for these tigers: - U.10's - Cicely Cooley   U.12's -   Rhiannon Chamberlain   U.14's - Shauna Pentney   U.16's - Megan Purvis   U.18's - Carys Lloyd.

Player's Player Of The Season - Voted for by the girls this award has a special feeling if you win it: - U.10's - Emily Bressington   U.12's - Rhianna Harris   U.14's - Shauna Pentney   U.16's - Zoe Simmonds   U.18's - Amy Thrupp.

Club Girl Of The Year - A chance to reward the unsung heroes of the club: -U.10's - Bethan Phillips   U.12's - Cerys Jones   U.14's - Kate Baldock   U.16's - Leah Lovering   U.18's - Jade Edwards.

Manager's Player Of The Season - Chosen by your manager who sees you every week of the season : - U.10's - Ffion James   U.12's - Rhiannon Chamberlain   U.14's - Kate Webb   U.16's - Mali Summers   U.18's - Rhian Cleverly.

Time now for some more special awards as presentations were made to Zoe Simmonds for joing "The 300 Club" and to Amy Thrupp for making a club of her own "The 400 Club". The last player award was the much sort after The Sharla Passariello Special Achievement Award made even more special this year because Sharla would be presenting it herself. For me it was an easy decision because for a young lady to represent her country at any age is remarkable but to do it at the tender age of 13 is astonishing which is why Shauna Pentney picked up the ultimate tiger honour - "Stop Crying Donna".

We weren't quite finished as an emotional presentation took place with "Big Wayne" who is standing down as club chairman became an honorary life member of the club with a trophy to go along with the honour. U.18's captain made her own special presentation to Kate Jeremiah whilst flowers and gifts went to Sharla, Lorraine, Stuart, Becky and to myself. Well done to all the winners but remember we wouldn't be where we are without our team mates.

With the awards ceremony over it was time now for the raffle and a special auction of a signed Aaron Ramsey framed photograph. It turned into a right battle with Stuart Summers and David James going head to head all the way up to £110.00. When all was thought to have been decided up stood "Rhino" with a last gasp bid of £111 to snatch the prize away.

A night to remember ended with Beth Lacey and The Tigers singing and dancing the night away as a pint or two was sunk as the curtain came down on another magical season - "Off to Gloucester in the morning mind you".    

 



Senior Champions @ Caerphilly In 2011
Senior Champions @ Caerphilly

Tigers v Celtic
Mali leads out the tigers @ Birmingham 2011
Monday, May 23
U.K. Tesco Cup Final Weekend.
Tigers @ Birmingham
U.K. Tesco Cup 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 U.K. Tesco Cup Finals

22/5/11

@ Birmingham City F.C.

For the second time in our small club's 8 year history we had made it all the way to The U.K. Tesco Cup Finals. In 2008 it was our U.14's in Manchester and in 2011 it was to be our U.16's in Birmingham and a chance to play on a Premier League ground, although it has to be said that by the time we left the stadium it was a Championship ground with Birmingham City relegated after a defeat @ Spurs on what was the final day of the season. 2008 we drew Scotland and again in 2011 it was to be "The Jocks" Celtic to be precise.

Our coach departed Abergavenny @ 9.30a.m. on Saturday morning setting off for the midlands, The RICOH Arena home of Coventry City F.C. to watch The 2011 Women's F.A. Cup Final between Arsenal & Bristol Academy. A good journey though it has to be said the choice of music "blasting" out of the back left an awful lot to be desired, or maybe it's my age? We arrived @ Coventry in plenty of time and a chance to catch up with some "Old Tiger Friends" Sharla Passariello, Ellie Curson, Ellie Leek & Ashleigh Harris, who were there to cheer on their Bristol mates. Arsenal Ladies were far too good for their West Country opponents and were comfortable 2 v 0 winners of a slightly disappointing cup final for the 13000 crowd. Our captain Mali was happy though as she's a devoted GOONER.

Off to our hotel now in Birmingham and a chance for the tigers to meet some new friends from teams who'd come from all over the U.K. Settle in and then the squad as taken out for a slap up Chinese meal. Have to say at this point a few of the adults certainly took advantage of the all you can eat menu and the desert section wasn't bad either. Rhian Cleverly does need a little work on her ice cream pulling technique. Back to the hotel and the girls had a sing song with the Irish in the corridor before it was off to their rooms and settle doen before tomorrow's big day.

All quiet on the western front until 1.15a.m. when the bloody fire alarm woke the sleepy tigers. It was Shrewsbury 2009 all over again although this time the tigers had nothing to do with the false alarm. Good job for a few tigers it was a false alarm as they slept through it. Get some sleep before it was up at 6.45a.m. for breakfast. 

Sunday morning arrived and a bright eyed bunch of tigers sprinted down to breakfast, which wasn't the best I've ever had. All packed up and kits on for the coach journey to St. Andrews and prepare for the big game. We arrived at the ground at 9.00a.m. which gave the squad plenty of time to have their photographs taken and have a good old fashioned kickabout on the hallowed turf. My 20 yard free kick into the top corner will be a memory of mine for quite a while. It was a relaxed atmosphere prior to the games kicking off but 10.00a.m. saw the semi-finals begin. We all watched Manchester City U.16's reach the final beating Sion Swifts from Ireland and then it was off to the dressing rooms to get ready for the big game. We were given the plush HOME dressing room to change in and a few choice words from myself and Stuart sent the tigers on their way down the tunnel and out into the sunshine to the cheers of all the travelling "Barmy Army".

As we took our places in the dug out a short time to reflect on what our small club had achieved by reaching the U.K. semi-final and take on the mighty CELTIC. If there was a "Roy Of The Rovers" for girls he couldn't have written this one. We all knew that this was going to be a battle against physical opposition and so it proved. Very little time on the ball and a quick tempo from the Scots meant we couldn't play our normal game. Having said that the only goal of the game came after a free kick given away on the edge of the box after 7 minutes and thumped home. The referee had played advantage initially but when the Celtic player was then tackled by Katie he brought the game back, wrongly in my opinion. The tigers found it difficult to carve out a clear goal scoring opportunity and were feeding on scraps of posession at times. A half chance from Alice late on was comfortably collected by the Celtic keeper and it wasn't going to be our day. A brave tiger performance but a fair result and it was Celtic who joined Manchester City in the final. Manchester City would win this 2 v 1 after trailing 0 v 1 at the interval with 2 screamers taking them to the title. The tigers took the applause of their supporters and went for lunch in "The Legends Bar". Richie and myself went on a search for The Carling Cup but only reached the boardroom.

A long afternoon now lay ahead but it was helped by the Wales U.13's Boys reaching their final before losing to England after a penalty shoot out. With England reaching all 3 finals it did give the Irish, Scottish & Welsh a chance to join forces against "The Old Enemy" and what a superb atmosphere it made for. Jobs worth stewards tried to dampen the fever but the tigers were having none of it and sang their hearts out all afternoon. This carried on during the trophy presentation too as Martin Keown dished out the various awards and cups. Mali went up to collct the medals and silver tray for the tigers to loud cheers.

A superb end to a special weekend which will live long in the memories of all who were there. The girls let their hair down on the journey home with a shandy or two and the odd dance off.

Season's end then but one to remember - WELL DONE TIGERS & THANKS TO THE SUPPORTERS. 

 

 



F.A. Cup Final - Arsenal v Bristol
Tigers @ The F.A. Cup Final

WELSH PRIDE
WELSH PRIDE
Tuesday, November 4
Match Reports

The Corner Flag is the home of Mardy Tigers MATCH REPORTS: -

2010 - 2011 Season: -

23/1/2011 - Football In January!!! - Apart from the U.10's whose festival @ Abertysswg was called off due to a frozen pitch it was all systems GO for our other age groups and what a superb day it proved to be. An early start as we arrived @ K.H.S. to set up ready to host U.12's fixtures on a pitch which had thawed out since the previous evening. First game saw our youngsters take on Maesglas and played some tidy stuff gaining a well deserved 3 v 0 win with a length of the pitch stunner from Rhiannon. Their second game saw them face Sully for the third time this season and with 1 win each to date it promised to be a tight affair and so it proved. Rhianna got the only goal in the first half but special mention to Falesha who kept their star player quiet for most of the game. Next up saw our U.16's travel to Newport to face Villa Dino in the league cup. A sticky pitch didn't help but the tigers won 3 v 1 thanks to a brace from Alice Morgan. Our U.14's took a trip to the sea side and won 4 v 0 against Porthcawl, also in the league cup. 2 goals from Megan Jones and 1 each for Grace & Jemma, who was coming back from her skiing injury. Finally our U.18's took to the field after 3 months out of action and what a tough game to start back with a game against Dinas Powys @ PILCS. What a performance they put on sweeping to a 5 v 0 victory totally dominating the game from start to finish. Amy got a superb hat-trick and tore the defence to ribbons time after time. God only knows why she hasn't represented her country yet, maybe she's too quiet but I wouldn't swap her for anyone. A pint in the club and off home after a 7 hour stint - GOOD TIMES THOUGH TIGERS!!! 

13 & 14/11/10: - Only the mini football survived this weekend with both our U.14's & 16's games postponed due to poor pitch conditions @ Caerphilly & Dinas Powys. Our "Tiglets" travelled to Maesglas on Saturday morning and enjoyed 3 good games coming away with 2 wins and a draw on a sunny day in Newport. Sunday saw our squad of 12 U.12's face 2 tough home games against Sully & Cardiff City. Sully got an early goal in the first game and despite the tigers having 3 superb chances in the second half, they missed them all and fell to a narrow defeat. In their second game of the day their opponents were far too strong for an under par tigers team and took all 3 points back to the capitol. Special mention to Jade, our U.18's captain, who refereed both games and despite some unwarranted comments from the side when she rightly pulled players up from BOTH teams for foul throws she stuck to her guns and did a fine job. 

7/11/10 - U.16's Welsh Cup Round 2 - MARDY TIGERS U.16's 1 v 0 Cardiff City U.16's - When these 2 clubs meet you can be assured of not only a tremendous match but also a great advert for girls football in Wales. This was to be no exception as both clubs gave absolutely everything in pursuit of a quarter-final place. The tigers started the game the better and missed a couple of clear opportunities to take the lead and settle the young nerves as Alice & Rhian the culprits. With 3 of their 5 Welsh internationals dominating early on in central midfield it looked only a matter of time before they took the lead. However to their great credit Cardiff fought back and put the tigers under some pressure in the second quarter but superb defending from Megan, Shannon, Tiana and player of the match Leah plus another of our internationals Sophie between the posts made it difficult for our opponents to create a clear goal scoring opportunity. Rhian, Katie & captain Mali continued their grip in midfield and another chance was blasted over by "Rhino" as Rhian is affectionately known. 0 v 0 at the break and "Be Patient" was the instruction given to the girls. A superb crowd boosted by the postponement of both our U.14's & U.18's matches sipped their half-time cuppa nervously knowing that the first goal was likely to win this one. Cardiff began the second period strongly but again were thwarted in their final third. Having replaced Rhiannon at the break Naomi had an early chance cutting in from the right and testing the keeper who wasn't found wanting with a fine save. On the other flank our other international Zoe was in fine form and indeed it was from Zoe's left wing cross having been played in by Katie that found Alice "Titch" Morgan free in the box and she made no mistake as she fired home from close range to send the crowd wild. With still over 15 minutes to play the tigers knew that Cardiff would throw the kitchen sink at them and so they did. A tense climax to a superb game but the final whistle blew and their grip on the trophy was still as strong as ever. Both teams left the field to huge applause knowing they'd just taken part in a classic Welsh Cup tie. Earlier in the day our U.12's were in cup action of their own hosting Sully Sports in the league cup second round. A superb hat-trick from the "Goal Machine" that is Rhianna Harris and helped by goals from Rhiannon & Jess gave them a comfortable looking score line but had it not been for some last ditch defending and some great saves from Sarah this might have been a much closer affair. Having only come on at the break Falesha played her part and along with Rhianna got the player of the match awards. They can now look forward to the quarter-finals. Our "Mini Tigers" returned to form with 3 comprehensive victories @ Abertysswg. With goals from Ffion - 4, Eliza - 3. Bethan & Abbie - 2 & Cicely - 1 the girls played some good football on a cold autumn morning. Well done to all the tigers today and a special thanks for the fantastic support at the Welsh cup tie. 

31/10/10 - This was always going to be a difficult day with 5 of our tigers knowing they'd be meeting up in Cardiff later with the Wales U.16's squad. Sophie rested her back just in case but the other 4 all played a part in their games. Our U.14's hosted Troedyrhiw and knew they'd be in for a tough battle especially when they went 1 v 0 down early on. However this team have shown this season that they can come back and so they proved again with 2 goals to lead 2 v 1 at the break. Special mention to our second goal scorer Alana "Smurf" Murphy who joined the "100 Club". The second half was much more comfortable for the tigers with Shauna & Fiona dominating the midfield area. We lost striker Jemma late on with a wrist injury but good news from the hospital that nothing was broken. Shauna & Fiona picked up the player of the match awards. Our U.16's defeated Caerau Ely 1 v 0 thanks to a superb goal from Laura. With some minds understandably on Finland the 3 points were the most important thing today - Job Done!!! Mali & Naomi got the awards for players of the match. Our U.18's took their 100% record to Merthyr to face Valleys United in the cup. Not the best conditions it has to be said but the tigers adapted well to conditions against a spirited Valleys outfit. Be patient was the call and in the end a comfortable victory sees the tigers well on their way to a semi-final place. Hannah & Jade were today's chosen ones. 3 victories at the end of a difficult day and all 5 tigers fit and well for the trip to Finland - GOOD LUCK GIRLS!!! 

24/10/10 - Our "Mini Tigers" travelled to Croesyceiliog on Sunday morning and suffered their first defeat of the season losing 1 v 0 against Maesglas. They bounced back with a 3 v 1 win against the host club thanks to a fine Ffion hat-trick and 2 draws against Abertysswg Aces & Coed Duon Dragons. They now have a deserved rest with no fixtures next Sunday @ U.10's. Our U.12's had a weekend off with no S.W.G.L. fixtures in the league on Sunday. Our U.16's comfortably beat Aberaman U.16's 8 v 0 though apparently it took them a time to get going. A brace of goals each for Zoe, Mali & Alice Morgan with Laura & Alice Baynton getting the others. The U.18's made the journey to GARW and came away with a 10 v 0 victory to keep them on top of the league. An amazing hat-trick from left back Rhian Cleverly was the highlight of the afternoon gaining her a player of the match award alongside Hattie. Katie & Amy scored 2 each with Chelsey, Hannah & Jade getting 1 each. Finally our U.14's who I have to report travelled to Thornhill with just 10 players out of their squad of 16. This was very disappointing and even more so when they lost 2 v 1 in a tight game where the extra player certainly counted. I will say that I'm very proud of the 10 girls who did play because by all accounts they gave absolutely everything in pursuit of victory with Shauna & Alana gaining the player of the match awards. Tears at the end from some showed how much the game means to them - GREAT EFFORT TIGERS. 

17/10/10 - "SUPER SUNDAY" - ALL 5 age groups played at home on Sunday on what turned out to be a fantastic day for the club. The day started extra early for our U.14's manager Martin who took part in The Cardiff Half Marathon and raised money for the club with a special competition to guess his time. Details of the result will be given out later in the week. Back to the football and our U.12's kicked off the day with an emphatic 9 v 0 victory over Cyncoed U.12's in the first round of the league cup. Goal machine Rhianna got 4 with her strike partner Rhiannon also getting a hat-trick in the sunshine. The girls will now face Sully U.12's, again at home, in round 2. Next up were our U.10's who were again on top form winning all 3 of their fixtures to maintain their superb unbeaten run this season. We were blessed with superb weather on the day thank goodness with over 5 hours of football on the King Henry VIII pitch with our U.14's beating Porthcawl U.14's 4 v 0 thanks to goals from: - Shauna, Grace, Jemma & Fiona. In Crickhowell our U.16's gained their biggest win of the season with an 8 v 1 victory against Gwent based Villa Dino Christchurch. Alice Morgan got her second hat-trick in as many games. Special mentions for Laura Foley & Megan Purvis who both scored their first tiger goals. Down at P.I.L.C.S. our U.18's were in cup action and dispatched Newport County U.18's 9 v 0 though a tight first half will do the tigers a lot of good. Kate began the scoring with a great free-kick whilst our final goal, and a popular one it was, went to former Newport player Katie who was very relieved to score her first tiger goal. A fantastic day of home matches with so many people contributing to make this a wonderful advert for the club. 

10/10/10 - An action packed day kicked off early as our unbeaten U.10's squad travelled to Coed Duon for the first time and again turned on the style to gain 4 superb victories scoring 16 goals with just 1 goal scored against them. 6 goals each for Bethan & Ffion but the whole squad played their part. Our U.12's travelled to Cardiff minus a couple of key players but still came away with 6 points out of 9 on the day with fine wins against Pontypridd & Thornhill and were disappointed to let a lead slip away against the host club. Rhianna stole the show scoring in all 3 games and collecting 3 player of the match awards. Our U.14's were also on their travels and encountered a tough Cyncoed outfit who were to take a lot of breaking down. Going 1 v 0 down early on as usual the tigers struck back with 2 fine headed goals from Fiona and 1 from Grace to lead at the break. This was to be all the scoring although it wasn't for the want of trying. Players of the match awards went to Fiona & Kelsey, Finally our U.16's played hosts to Penydarren on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny and hot afternoon @ Crickhowell F.C. The tigers settled quickly and took an early 2 v 0 lead. Our visitors however weren't going to roll over and made it difficult at times for the girls to play their football. With Zoe on top form on the left wing and Mali running the midfield this was always comfortable and the tigers scored at regular intervals with Alice Morgan getting a hat-trick, Mali - 2 with 1 each for Rhian & Zoe. There was no game for our U.18's with Dinas Powys requesting a free week. The club can't understand why we weren't given an alternative game despite several other teams not having a game either. 

26/9/2010 - Sunday began well with the news that Wales U.17's had beaten the Faroe Islands 4 v 0 in Russia with Rhian & Katie both playing full matches. Back home our U.12's lost their first game of the season 2 v 1 against Caerphilly in what can only be described as a rough game. They recovered well to defeat Coed Duon Dragons and then became the first team this season to take points off Margam following a superb 1 v 1 draw. Our U.14's travelled to Merthyr and went 1 goal behind early on against Penydarren but then turned on the style to score a dozen goals. The 14's are starting to get it together now and will be a force this season for sure. Our U.18's were too hot to handle against a brave Cascade outfit running in 24 goals without reply to stay top of the table. Hattie stole the show with 8 goals and has settled in well at her new club. Lastly but certainly not least a special mention to our mini tigers the U.10's who remain unbeaten this season following their 4 wins @ Abertysswg on Sunday afternoon. 

19/9/2010 - Another busy Sunday for "The Tigers" began with a trip to Croesyceiliog for our U.10's. 3 games played with 2 wins and a draw with "Smiler" getting a goal in each game. Our U.12's took their unbeaten record to Cardiff for 3 more league games and again came home with 9 points from 3 hard fought encounters against: - Cyncoed, Caerphilly Castle and game of the day Dinas Powys when the girls battled all the way for a 2 v 1 victory. 18 points from 6 games played - A good start for the U.12's. Our U.14's had a bye on Sunday so a nice rest for them whilst the U.16's gained their first win of the new campaign with a 3 v 2 victory against Troedyrhiw from Merthyr. Seemingly coasting at 3 v 0 the tigers took their feet off the pedals and allowed their opponents back into the game late on to set up a tense finish. 2 goals from Alice Morgan and 1 from Rhiannon with player of the match performances from Mali & Tiana. Our U.18's were expecting a tough game against Valleys United but turned on the style for a superb 10 v 0 win in the sun @ P.I.L.C.S football club. Best news of the day came with the return, from a broken toe, of star striker Amy and a hat-trick on the day certainly proved she's lost nothing after her month's lay off. Her strike partner however got 4 with Chelsey showing she'll be a handful at this level. Goal of the day came late on when Kate cut in from the left and placed her shot into the top corner. Player of the match awards went to Chelsey & Jade. 

12/10/2010 - Special Day - Sunday was a very "Special Day" in the 7 year history of our small club when for the very first time we fielded teams @ U.10's, 12's, 14's, 16's & 18's all competing in matches on the same day. In the morning our mini tigers played hosts to under 10's teams from: -Maesglas, Croesyceiliog, Abertysswg & Coed Duon. With the majority of our youngsters having played last season too it certainly showed with them winning all 4 of their games. Young Ffion was on top form notching up 5 goals during the morning. Our U.12's were in league action in Newport and made a dream start by collecting 9 points having won all 3 of their matches: - 3 v 0 Abertysswg, 4 v 1 Newport Corinthians & 5 v 1 Llanyrafon. It sees them on top of the table at this very early part of the season with them knowing there's a long way to go yet. Rhiannon was on fire scoring 6 goals with Rhianna not far behind on 4. Our U.14's played at home for the first time and what a cracker it turned out to be winning 9 v 5 against Llanyrafon. To say we made a slow start would be an understatement falling 3 goals behind after just 10 minutes. A few minor adjustments meant a more solid defence and a different game. 4 goals from Alana & 3 from Shauna earned them the player of the match awards and a fine win in the end for the tigers. Our U.16's travelled to Thornhill and can count themselves very unlucky not to have taken something from the game. They lost Laura after 5 minutes with a foot injury and had to battle for the rest of the game with just 10 players. Battle they certainly did and led by captain Mali gave everything but found their opponents just to tough on the day. Finally our U.18's took a trip to the seaside and cruised past Sully 13 v 0. Kate & Hannah both got 4 goals each in a display of almost total football enjoyed by all those watching - "Well most of those watching". A total of 10 games played with 9 wins and just 1 defeat. 47 goals scored and just 10 conceded made for a memorable "Tiger Day".  

5/9/2010 - S.W.G.L. - GARW U.14's 6 v 3 Mardy Tigers U.14's - We knew this would be an almighty battle against a new team put together in the summer by "Clubs For Young People Wales" but the tigers certainly gave as good as they got and only a slow start which saw them 3 v 0 down after 15 minutes would be the difference between the 2 sides. Many club sides would have fallen apart after such a start but the tigers were never going to do that and a superb strike from player of the match for me Alana Murphy just before the break gave them hope. The second half was a credit to both sides and end to end attacking football creating a real spectacle for the supporters. The tigers created many chances but could never quite get back in touch. 2 goals from Fiona Dodge, the second of which a superb header from a corner, will give her huge confidence for the long season ahead. At the final whistle both sides left the field to warm applause and the fact that there won't be many more competitive or enjoyable to watch matches than this one for the rest of the season.  

2009 - 2010 Season: -

BREAN SANDS 2010 - May 28 - 31. Mitre Ultimatch Cup

"TIGERS ON TOUR" - Following hot on the heels of our U.16's clinching the league in dramatic style on the Thursday the club set off early on Friday morning for their end of season tour to Brean Sands where as well as celebrating a long hard yet fantastically succesful season the U.14's & U.16's would also be taking part in the Mitre Ultimatch Cup facing tough opposition from England all weekend. Friday was a day to relax with a few beverages around the chalets and a chance for the tigers to explore their new surroundings and eye up the talent on offer. Big Wayne's Bar opened for business late afternoon with some partaking a bit more than others it has to be said although Wayne himself didn't visit his bush this year as he did the previous trip. Captain Edwards then came back to announce X-Factor finallists "Same Difference" would be appearing later in cabaret. So off we went in anticipation only to be disappointed when we descovered they weren't in fact on this weekend. My theory is that the girls wanted the oldies out of the way to enable them to cement some more Anglo-Welsh relationships. Not too late a night was ordered with games tomorrow don't forget. After a glorious Friday, weather wise we woke on Saturday to not only the noise of seagulls on top of the chalet but also the normal sound of rain @ Brean Sands. With both teams not playing until the afternoon it was time for a stroll and for some a less than healthy breakfast @ Ian Beale's Cafe over the road. Saturday morning also saw 1 special wake up call for "Rhino" thanks to a jug of cold water deposited over her by myself, getting my own back following a soaking received following our win @ Cardiff City on Thursday. Would I live to regret my actions was the question which immediately came to mind? Off To The Footy @ 12.30p.m. and a short trip up the road for the tigers and the "Barmy Army". Whilst it had dried up by now the inevitable downpours came and went just to make us feel at home. The football was however to be of a superb standard in both age groups and ironically both our U.14's & U.16's squads would finish day 1 with identical playing records of Played 4  Won 2  Drew 1  &  Lost 1 and everything to play for on day 2. Highlights on the field were a superb goal from Jemma in 1 game following a sweeping tiger move in the U.14's third game of the day whilst Ellie grabbed a dramatic last gasp winner in the U.16's final game of the day to earn a valuable point against Chasetown following let's just say a strange refereeing performance. Back to camp and our very own Dot & Heather were off to the laundrette to wash the kit making sure not to mix up the socks. They did a fine job. Saturday evening saw a variety of ways to entertain with some opting for a quiet night in, some visiting the local dance hall whilst there was even a gathering in 1 chalet to watch The Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst to some this may well sound a sad gathering it actually turned into an exciting event with "The Apricot Woman" winning over at least 1 parent. We woke on Sunday to a beautiful sunny morning. With "Leeky" arriving at 5.30a.m. from Ibiza it was an earlier start for Lorraine than for the rest of the sleeping tiger party. Time to relax with a cuppa and the Sunday papers, "what could be better" before another hectic afternoon of football. However the peace and tranquility of the moment was briefly interrupted when "Rhino" seized upon her moment of revenge running 30 yards with a bucket of cold water, totally unnoticed by the way, and poured it over a relaxed and totally unsuspecting coach. This seemed to amuse a few people with even The Big Man making an appearnce at his bedroom window. A change of clothes and I was ready for some more football. No one could've anticipated the drama which lay ahead over the next 6 hours. It has to be said that the long season was catching up with some by now and none more so than our young U.14's squad who battled all day despite losing captain Shauna due to her injured knee. They finished the tournament with 2 wins, 3 draws & 3 defeats with Sammy Quayle's performance one which will live long in the memory. Our U.16's knew having dropped 5 points yesterday they couldn't afford a slip up today and wow!!! a 6 v 0 win in their first game of the day certainly sent out a message to the other 7 clubs. A 1 v 1 draw aginst unbeaten Enfield left a place in the final in balance. Win your last game and hope for the best were the instructions. They did win and a quick dash to the results table confirmed that they Had infact topped the group of 8 teams and would face Enfield from Essex in the final @ 6.30p.m. By now Lisa had bowed to the inevitable and her injured foot, Jade was full of cold but battled on whilst Rhian strapped up her thigh to ensure 11 tigers would enter the field for what turned out to be a cracking final. End to end stuff of the highest quality with chances missed by both sides. "Not penalties again" was heard coming from an anxious supporter. Maybe 1 last chance and who'd you like it to fall to "Thruppmeister" is the simple answer to that question. 2 minutes to go and Amy found herself free in the box and her tremendous strength allowed her to fire home the winner and send everyone from Mardy Tigers absolutely mental. Still time for a nervous finale having to clear an indirect free-kick plus several minutes of injury time. FINAL WHISTLE and "Let The Party BEGIN" Amazing scenes both on and off the pitch but it was going to be a rush to get back to base for the scheduled presentations. News filtered through that our U.14's had won the Fair Play award, and thoroughly deserved it was too and they also confirmed that Martin Keown was the guest celebrity. Having got back to base the U.16's quickly changed into their Brean Sands t-shirts and it was off to the awards ceremony with spirits high as you can imagine. Both squads looked absolutely immaculate in their tour kit which meant for wonderful photographs. The dancers kicked off the presentations in some style and following a short speech from Martin Keown it was on with the prize giving. The tigers danced their way to the stage in front of the admiring "Barmy Army" and 1 by 1 received their trophy off the former Arsenal & England legend. What a MONSTER of a trophy it was that Jade held aloft to loud cheers from below. Time for a team photo before we met up with the U.14's again for a joint celebration helped along by a Kylie Minogue tribute act, which kept the tired dads awake at least. Back to the chalets to end the weekend with a few more drinks at the Clevs. 2a.m. sounded the end for most and a sleepy bunch of tigers and tiger fans made their way back to base and a well deserved sleep. Monday morning saw a few U.16's go to the fair because they didn't have time over the busy weekend. A goodbye to friends and hit the road to Abergavenny following the best ever tour. New friends met, a few drinks had, a wonderful display of football from all the tigers and the biggest trophy ever won all made for a special time. THANKS EVERYONE you're"SIMPLY THE BEST".  

A SPECIAL DAY FOR MARDY TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB!!!! 

Sunday 25th April 2010: - Football Association Of Wales U.16's Girls WELSH CUP FINAL - Mardy Tigers U.16's 6 v 0 Northop Hall Girls U.16's - Played @ Caersws Football Club - "Marching On TOGETHER" - A "Magnificent 7" years in the making this special "Superkatz" team today reallised their dreams by appearing in the Welsh U.16's Girls Cup Final infront of the best set of supporters bar none "The Barmy Army". Dawn broke in Abergavenny and the special day had finally arrived as the tigers and their fans met to get on their 83 seater luxury coach, kindly organised by our resident bus driver and club chairman "Big Wayne" to embark upon the 2 hour journey to Caersws and "The Field Of Dreams" - Well For Today Anyway!!! The KATZ were surprisingly calm, even Clevs and Elz, with everyone knowing what was expected of them on this very special day. The tension was broken with the sight of "Big Wayne" getting changed into his CHAIRMAN GEAR in full view of everyone at the front of the coach. It should be said at this point several female supporters had to be restrained. We arrived at the ground @ 12.30p.m. and a time to focus on the job in hand. A vigorous warm up was followed by the "Jeremiah Team Talk" where he told the girls to make the most of every minute of the final, to enjoy the occasion and express themselves letting their football do the talking. Mascots for the day: -Abbie, Ffion & Emily arrived at the dressing room door as the call came to line up. A proud captain Jade led her troops into action (onto the field) as both teams respected the playing of the national anthem and met with FAW officials infront of the main stand where their family and friends were sat waiting to cheer on THE TIGERS. At this point I would like to say that NO FAW coaches of any age group were present - PERHAPS IT WAS TOO FAR TO TRAVEL - Bless 'em. 2.00p.m. & GAME ON as the referee signalled the start of the 2010 Cup Final with a loud blast of the whistle. The tigers looked sharp in the early minutes with the girls all looking for a touch of the ball to settle any young nerves. After just 4 minutes the tigers won their first corner and what a decisive moment it proved to be because it allowed Kate to unleash her lethal right boot to hammer in a pinpoint cross finding Amy in the six yard box who doesn't miss opportunities to score very often and in the net went the ball to send a wave of histeria around the ground. The game took a while to settle with a blustery wind and sharp shower not allowing the tigers to get the ball down and play. Sophie, Rhian L. Rhian C. Frankie and Lisa were solid as a rock at the back and dealt with any danger comfortably. Jade and Carys were dominating in midfield whilst our 2 superwingers Zoe & Kate were too hot to handle at times supplying strikers Amy & Ellie with several opportunities to extend the lead. With the interval fast approaching another corner this time from the left by Zoe was once again met by Amy who "Joy Of Joys" slotted home to send her beloved tigers in at half-time with a 2 v 0 lead. To be fair on our opponents they never threw in the towel even when Zoe hit a pile driver into the net just 3 minutes into the second half which effectively ended the contest. With left back Lisa struggling bravely with a sore ankle the first substitution was made with Rhiannon taking to the field and what an impact she was to make. Within 10 minutes of coming on "Jonesy" had grabbed herself 2 cup final goals both from close range and even missed a chance for dream hat-trick when shooting straight at the keeper. With the crowd now getting ready to celebrate it was left to Ellie "LEEKY" Leek to round off a "TIGERIFFIC" display by scoring the sixth and final goal just before the end. The final whistle brought scenes of joy both on and off the field with BIG & little Wayne sharing an intimate moment on the touchline - CLASS!!! It was left to skipper Jade Edwards to hoist aloft the trophy infront of "The Barmy Army" and LET THE PARTY begin. Champagne was drunk and also wasted criminally but what an electric atmosphere there was in a packed changing room with "We Are The Champions" and even a Leona Lewis classic blasting out thanks to D.J. Clevs. " Moments Like This" are to be savoured and they certainly were continuing in the club where both teams enjoyed a feast of food to follow the football feast just served up. A few beers were downed as the reallisation began to sink in as to what our small club from Abergavenny had just achieved. Get the girls out of the park and back on the coach for a victorious journey home with THE CUP taking pride of place in the front window. 



Monday, January 31
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March 13th 2011 - Dinas Powys U.18's 1 v 0 Mardy Tigers U.18's

With the majority of the squad suffering their first defeat since October 2009, 18 months ago, the team was left to wonder how it had happened after they missed chance after chance to win the game only to be mugged 2 minutes from time when Dinas scored with their only attempt on target during the entire 80 minutes. With keeper Sophie missing due to illness and star striker Amy on her way to Florida, lucky tiger, the girls knew that this would be a tough encounter and so it proved. The match was a credit to both teams, coaches and supporters on what was a glorious sunny afternoon down by the sea with no quater asked or given in any area of the pitch. No one could've denied the tigers a lead but some sloppy finishing and a keeper in top form this could well have been a much different outcome. However lots of credit to Dinas who battled away all afternoon and took their chance when it arrived in the 78th minute. Whilst disappointed the tigers had a look of determination on their faces knowing that @ PILCS later in the season they had a chance to put things right.This was a great advert for the girls game in Wales. Such a shame then that no one from the F.A.W. could be bothered to come and watch.

Earlier in the day "The Tiglets" enjoyed a 9 v 1 friendly win against Croesyceilliog U.10's playing some good football. Ffion James became the youngest ever member of "The 50 Club" at just 8 she now has 52 tiger goals. 

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Only our U.12's fixtures were lost due to the weather today with frost @ Coed Duon causing the postponement of their 2 games against New Inn & Pontypridd. They'll try again at the same venue next Sunday. Our "TIGLETS" were joined by 5 new faces today and enjoyed an afternoon of matches @ Maesglas. 4 games played saw them win - 1, draw - 2 and lose - 1 and with the 5 new players all taking part a bright future lies ahead for the tigers. Our U.14's switched their game at short notice to Cwmbran with K.H.S. frozen off. A 6 v 0 victory against Cwmbran Celtic sees them stay close to the top of the league. A "Smurf" hat-trick, 2 from Fiona and 1 from Shauna ( Her 100th Tiger Goal ) gave them a comfortable win. Our U.16's were in a titanic battle with Wrexham outfit Marford & Gresford U.16's with a semi-final place in the Welsh Cup up for grabs. A goal from Rhian just before half-time was enough for the tigers though it wasn't the most attractive game to watch the result was far more important today. Finally our U.18's coasted past Cascade 12 v 0 with Amy getting a "Magnificent SEVEN" and Hannah getting the other 5. 



U.14's Gwent Tesco Cup Winners
2011 Tesco Champions
Thursday, March 24
Tesco Cup Delight - "Every Little Helps"
U.16's Tesco Cup Squad
2011 Tesco Champions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 20/3/11 @ Goytre F.C.

Mardy Tigers U.16's 2 v 1 Villa Dino Christchurch U.16's

Mardy Tigers U.14's 3 v 0 Cwmbran Celtic U.14's

A gloriously sunny afternoon and a fantastic setting @ Goytre Football Club plus a large crowd meant this was going to be a special occasion for everyone taking part. With The Tigers looking to hold onto the trophies they'd won in 2010 again @ Goytre they knew that this would be a tough ask and their opponents would be well up for the battle. The U.16's final took centre stage first with Stuart looking to protect his 3 Belgium bound Wales U.17's players if he could and only use them if needed. To be honest not fielding his strongest line up meant that this would be a real battle and not a great spectacle if truth be told. All the goals were scored in the first half with the tigers taking a 2 goal lead thanks to Rhiannon & Zoe only to see their lead halved right on half-time with a free kick which the referee had indicated as being indirect looping over Charlotte and into the net without a touch off anyone. The second half didn't really improve much but it must be said the tigers defence seldom looked in any trouble and the girls deserved their victory with captain for the final Leah Lovering lifting the trophy. The officials also made another cock up by playing 45 minutes instead of 35 minutes each way. The U.14's who'd been cheering on their mates in the U.16's final now took to the pitch for their taste of the great atmosphere. The tigers started much the stronger and with goals from Jemma & Fiona took a deserved 2 v 0 lead in at the break. Comfortable yes but when the third goal went in thanks to a cross shot from Alana the girls knew that this would be their day also. Shauna lifted the trophy for the second year running and both teams will now travel to Newtown for The Welsh Finals on May 1st. The club would like to thank Goytre F.C. for their kind hospitallity and superb playing surface.

This had been a special day all round for the club with news of a fantastic 2 v 1 win for our U.12's @ Troedyrhiw against the champions elect. With the U.10's having played in the morning @ Abergavenny plus our U.18's dispatching Sully 7 v 0 @ PILCS this had been another great day for the club. 

 



Monday, March 28
Busy Weekend For The Tigers.

Wales v England - Saturday saw us take a trip to Cardiff to watch Wales take on the old enemy England in what we hoped would be an exciting game. However with the result a foregone conclusion after just 15 minutes and the behaviour of some "So Called" Welsh fans leaving an awful lot to be desired the tigers were left with a bad taste, some of them watching Wales for the first and last time by some comments made.

Sunday - Back to the football and a game @ P.I.L.C.S on Sunday which put to shame the rubbish watched in Cardiff on Saturday. Mardy Tigers U.18's played hosts to close rivals Dinas Powys U.18's in what effectively was a league decider and "What A Game" it turned out to be. Having lost @ Dinas 1 v 0 just 2 weeks ago the tigers knew that only victory would be good enough and at half-time with a 3 v 0 lead and seemingly coasting no-one could've foreseen what was to come in the next 40 minutes. The referee gave a cheap free-kick to the visitors on the edge of the box and a shot that caught out our keeper though it bent back 3 of her fingers leaving her in agony gave the Dinas girls hope, when there really should've been none. Chaos for the next 10 minutes with an injured keeper and our opponents lumping ball after ball high into the box with 2 of them dropping just under the bar to level the score. Lie down and die tigers? Not on your Nelly. Back they came to regain the lead with 15 minutes left only to see 2 corners find out our injured keeper and some slack defending giving Dinas the lead for the first time in the match. Poor Steph in goals collided with the post as the final goal went in and an ambulance was needed to take her off to hospital with an injured back to go along with her badly sprained fingers. The news was not too bad as she was later released from The Royal Gwent with pulled muscles - "You've had better days TIGER!!!". Back to the match and the final 5 minutes saw the tigers throw everything at Dinas but couldn't get back on terms. The final whistle brought to and end an extraordinary game played in superb spirit by all players, coaches & supporters. With the league now gone the tigers can concentrate on the cup hoping their goalkeeper jinx, with Sophie already out and now Steph sidelined, is well and truly behind them. Any volunteers to play in goals tigers?

Our U.16's warmed up for their Welsh Cup Final next Sunday in impressive style with a 12 v 1 thumping of Caerphilly. Zoe became only the third member of the "300 Club" thanks to her 5 goals on the day.

All reports from the U.10's festival @ Croesyceilliog stated that the tigers looked very impressive as they won all 3 games. "Goal Machine" Ffion was again in fine form with 3 more goals to add to her impressive tiger tally. 

 




 
 
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