Jan 23 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
SKEM Men-aces won the Welsh Challenge Trophy this month, beating off fierce competition from their Jersey rivals.
The team had a lengthy road trip to south Wales to play for the important cup.
The hosts at Bridgend greeted the Men-aces on the edge of the pitch and the lads were excited to get going despite a less than inviting pitch, open to the elements.
Coach Mim Eaton said: “This game was very important for both sides and with a title to defend both sides put in their all.
“The flow, passing, teamwork but most of all the passion that these two teams showed was phenomenal.
“However there can only be one winner and it was the Men-aces after they played some of the best football the coaches had ever witnessed.”
This was the first time the Men-aces had played 11-a-side football for a full 90 minutes with full sized goals so it was a whole new experience and opportunity for them.
Min said: “We are extremely proud of each and every one of them as they brought home the lovely trophy after beating the Jersey champions.
“A big thank you goes out to Bridgend for making this day memorable and we hope to see you again soon.
“Also we’d like to say a massive thank you to Scott Rees and Co Solicitors for supplying our new wonderful away kit, which brought us luck.
“The journey home was a long six hours of traffic but the lads were so excited and reminisced on every kick and goal as they passed the trophy round.
“This was one game that would stay in our hearts for years, it was truly magical.”