THEY'VE been up for the cup in the Vale of Clwyd!

Denbigh Town under-nines have lifted the League Cup during a flagship event for junior football.

The Rhyl and District Junior Football League have been hosting League Cup competitions throughout the season, with the finals for each age group taking place taking place earlier this month.

Under the Denbigh sunshine, the impressive surface of the Central Park pitch was the talk of the visiting teams, managers, parents and league officials from across the area including Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan, St Asaph and Denbigh Town teams. 

Saturday saw Denbigh Town's under-nine side face Rhyl Hearts in the cup final. Max Jones, Steffan Lloyd, Cynan ap Dyfed, Hari Lloyd Jones, Gethin Roberts and James Williams played in the all-red Denbigh Town strip in a nail-biting game which saw the Town boys have a lot of the possession.


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The game ended 0-0 and extra time was needed. Rhyl Hearts hit the bar, Denbigh charged forward but the game remained goalless and it went to a penalty shootout.

Three penalty takers stepped forward from each team to decide the game and Denbigh came out on top after James Williams and Steffan Lloyd slotted home with confidence to see their side as League Cup winners. 

Jez Williams, one of the Denbigh coaches, said: "We are so proud of all our players, it was a really close game, the lads were nervous but played some nice football as we know they can.

"They have developed a lot this season and it's great to see them so happy playing their football, which is what we focus on."

The full weekend of football continued as more champions were crowned up and down the age groups, from under-six all the way up to under-16s. 

Denbigh Town U14s were runners-up in their League Cup final on Sunday.


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Entering the game as underdogs against a strong Rhyl Hearts side, Denbigh Town took the lead in the second minute.

A valiant Denbigh effort followed throughout but they eventually came unstuck to Hearts' winning goal in the dying moments to make the score 3-2 and only the goal post stopping Denbigh equalising in the final seconds.

Dylan Williams said: "We couldn't have asked for anymore today as a coaching team.

"The work rate and determination was outstanding.

"Congratulations to Rhyl Hearts and we'll go again next season."

Denbigh's third appearance in a final that weekend came from the U15s who played in the Nigel Warren Memorial Cup against Prestatyn.


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After a spirited and competitive first half, injuries played their part and Prestatyn dominated the second half and emerged as the cup winners.

Coach Dylan Rogers said: "It was always going to be a really tough game for us, Prestatyn are a top team but we gave them a good game in the first half and things ran away from us in the second half as the injuries kept on coming.

"Plenty more to come from these lads next season in their last year in junior football which we hope to enjoy."

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Denbigh Town Juniors club chairman Richard Jones said: "It was a fantastic celebration of junior football held in Denbigh this year and to see such a strong representation of Denbigh teams is really positive.

"A huge thanks to club chairman Shon Powell and the rest of the committee for supporting us to host the event which also raised vital funds for the junior section.

"Their support has been absolutely vital. And a final thank you to all of the volunteers who gave up their weekend to make the event run so smoothly."