Trefelin’s Travis Monks-Landeg celebrates Wales call-up after League Cup joy

Trefelin Boys & Girls Club attacker Travis Monks-Landeg has had a stellar season, ending up in an international call-up.

The Port Talbot Town winger was part of the Trefelin side that recently missed out on promotion but claimed a shock Welsh Football League Cup victory over holders Llanelli Town.

It has been topped off, with one of the hugest honours in a footballing career, pulling on your countries shirt.

“It is indescribable really. We beat about five teams from higher leagues which were unexpected – and to then go on and beat Llanelli Town with the players they have was something really special. It was an absolutely incredible occasion.”

It was the first season that the players worked under Welsh Football League forward Richard Ryan, who ended his playing career to take up the role at Dinas Park.

Trefelin missed out on promotion, on goal difference after Bridgend Street pipped them on the final day, even though the Port Talbot side did a league double over the Champions, Swansea University.

“Yeah, he has done really well, brought in a few fresh faces and changed the system a bit. He is a nice guy, and we went 25 games unbeaten and I hope he stays with us now.”

“It was a bit gutting to lose out on goal difference, but I believe if we keep the same team, we can definitely do it next season with the squad we have.”

Monks-Landeg was one of the Welsh League players who received the call from Stephen Green to be called up to the South Wales FA select side. He and Ryan Morgan are just a few players who play at a higher level than the usual South Wales Alliance League level, to feature for this Wales side.

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He wasn’t involved in the last Regions Cup campaign, but with Barry being relatively close to family and friends, Wales have an advantage of attracting a crowd.

“I am really excited for it. I am really excited to represent my country.”

“It will be an amazing feeling which I have never experienced before. All my friends and family are coming down to Barry to watch the game and I am really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get out there now.”

“It has been alright, it has been a bit tough sometimes with the banter with us all being Cardiff and Merthyr boys. I think this week together will bring us even closer and I think it is going to be a good week for all of the lads.”

First, up for South Wales FA, it’s FK Kozara who are a team based in the Region of Gothenburg, Sweden. A majority of their players play in the fifth tier of Swedish football, after winning promotion last season.

“Out of the three teams, I think Kozara will be the best team technically. I think we have got enough gifted talent to go out there and do a job – and I am very much looking forward to it. 

(Featured Image: Stephen Handley)

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