Touring team too strong for United youngsters
3:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
BARRY TOWN UNITED U19s 2
FELDA UNITED U21s 7
THE Barry Town United's U19 side recently played Malaysian U21 side Felda United, who have been touring South Wales.
While the friendly was played at nearby Fitzalan High School, both teams changed and were entertained at the Cardiff City Stadium, ensuring a memorable experience for all involved.
Barry were even granted access to the expansive home dressing room at the CCS as used by Malky Mackay’s side for their Premiership match against Newcastle United the previous afternoon.
The match against Felda United was a tough one, with the spritely Barry team pitted against a Malay squad who have trained seven days a week during their visit to Wales.
Felda were fast and well-drilled and soon took advantage of Barry errors to race into a 3-0 lead before Kier McInery pulled a goal back with a header just before the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with the more experienced Felda players taking their tally up to seven, and punishing even the slightest error from the younger Barry side.
There was, however, further consolation for Barry when McInery scored his second from the penalty spot.
After the game, Barry were taken back to the Cardiff City Stadium for food and photographs.
U19s manager Neil Owens said: “Gavin Chesterfield spoke to me, the players and coaches after the game and we all took a lot away from his advice and encouragement.
“As a team we took much out of the day and the experience. We know have a lot of hard work ahead. But that's why we came to this club - to learn from the best and be part of the best."
Barry Town United would like to thank Mike Hayward at Cardiff City Football Club, who helped arrange this special day for the youngsters, and wish Felda United every success with the remainder of their tour of Wales.