After a number of years, this season has the seen the reformation of the Ceredigion Schools Football Association.

A small committee has been formed with the aim of encouraging the development of players and providing opportunities for them to perform at the highest possible level.

During the first year a decision has been taken to enter two

boys teams in the Inter Schools Tournament and both have been placed in the South Wales Group where they will play a total of nine matches each.

It is hoped that in future, resources will allow an expansion on the number of teams entering the various competitions.

All the committee, team managers and coaches have voluntarily given up their spare time to enable players to compete in these competitions and they are also thankful that all the players and their parents are fully committed to the project.

After successful trials and a few training sessions both the U13s and U12s played their first matches under the floodlights at Lampeter AFC and the occasion was marked by a high standard of football being played.

The U13s kicked off by entertaining their counterparts from Rhondda Cynon Taff and although losing eventually by 6-1, they were in contention for most of the match.

Indeed they took the lead through winger, Rhys Williams.

As the first half progressed the greater physicality of the Valleys team started to show and the Ceredigion team were pegged back in defence and conceded three goals by half time.

Nevertheless the home side began the second half with renewed vigour and pushed forward in an attempt to reduce the deficit. However the experience of the RCT defenders kept the attackers at bay with the reigning champions showing their class in adding another three goals by the end.

It was pleasing for the home coaches that despite the scoreline,

the players kept plugging away until the final whistle and did not give in to their opponents which augurs well for future matches.

The U12s hosted Pembrokeshire schools with the game being sponsored by GLP Evans Ltd and everyone connected with the association is very grateful to Lyn, Catrin and family for their support.

The game was played at a furious pace throughout and as with the opening game the standard of football was very high.

The opening exchanges were nip and tuck with both midfields busy but defences were coming out on top until midway

through the half when Ceredigion took the lead through a powerful Kuba Michalski shot.

The scoreline remained that way until five minutes before

half time when Gwydion Dafis drove through a couple of defenders before placing his shot past the keeper into the corner of the net.

This spurred the home side on and a Llifon Evans cross was turned into his own net by a Pembrokeshire defender on the half time whistle.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first but as the half progressed, Ceredigion began to take control of the game displaying a high energy performance from all of the squad.

As substitutions began the standard of play remained the same and regular goals were being scored to press home the advantage and while Pembrokeshire did not give up they were being outclassed on the night and a number of high quality

finishes were seen.

Ceredigion added a further eight goals during the second half through Hugo Douglas (4), Gwydion Dafis, Llifon Evans, Carter

Norris and Tomos James with a solitary reply from the away team.

The manager and coaches were very happy with the outcome and the quality of the play from the whole squad and although harder tasks will be ahead this could not be a better start to their campaign.

The next home games will see the U12s take on Afan Nedd at Newcastle Emlyn AFC on October 30 whilst the U13s will play Newport at Lampeter on November 11, supporters welcome.

You can follow the teams' progress via the website, Facebook page Cymdeithas Pel Droed

Ysgolion Ceredigion or Twitter @CPDYC.