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Aberystwyth Town women ‘buzzing’ for semi-finals

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THERE are exciting times ahead at Aberystwyth Town Women’s Football Club and there is a real ‘buzz in the team’.

On Sunday, Februrary 12, Aber take on Cardiff Met in the semi-final of the Genero Adran Trophy and just a week later they take on Briton Ferry in the semi-final of the FAW Women’s Cup.

Ahead of the two games, the Herald spoke to manager Gavin Allen, who himself has past experience of winning finals, and Ffiona Evans who featured in the team’s last semi-final back in 2011.

Gavin spoke about the need to keep everybody fit for the two semi-finals and said he was ‘confident’ they could do it.

The side was dealt a blow this week with the news that one of their defenders would be out injured but Gavin added he believes they still have enough to go and compete with Cardiff Met.

Aber have played Cardiff Met twice already this season, and while both games ended in 4-0 defeats, Gavin added: ‘It’s all about on the day’.

Speaking to the Herald, Gavin said: “Personally, I was priveleged to win the men’s Welsh Cup final when I played as a player and when you do get into the finals its all about on the day but we totally understand that we’ve got two hard games coming up but we’re focussed on getting to the final.

“We’re looking forward to it, as Ffiona has already said there is a buzz around us. We’ve had some sad news this week as our centre half has an ACL injury so she’s going to miss the rest of the season. But we’ve got to look at the squad that we’ve got, have we got enough to go and compete and I honestly do 100% think we have.

“I would say we’ve had a disspointing season in the league, there was a lot of factors to it right at the start of the season regarding injuries, we had 5 or 6 out and that was disruptive to our squad so we had knew we had to focus on the cups.

“We knew the quality of the teams around the top four but there was only six or seven points between us with the amount of injuries we had.

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“I’m a great believer of, and from past experiences, it’s all about on the day. We need a bit of luck and if we can make it difficult for them, we’ll get chances and if we can take them, I’m crossing every finger that I’ve got that we will be in two finals.”

Aber’s last game against Cardiff Met was played on a Wednesday night which meant that many players were unable to make it due to work committments but this time they are going there with a much stronger squad.

Ffiona Evans, added: “After going down there with half a squad a few weeks ago and giving a good account of ourselves, I think we can look ahead to the game with some confidence. We showed a lot of glimpses of positive play in that game so we’re going to go down this time with a stronger squad available.

“We’re going in as underdogs and we seem to do pretty well as underdogs so we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve played Cardiff Met a couple of times already so we know what they are about, who the dangers are which we could target a bit more so we need to work on that in training this week. It’s nothing new to us, we don’t expect any surprises so hopefully we can play the way we played in the last game against them, be strong in defence and catch them on the break.”