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Guy Handscombe paid an emotional tribute to his late father after leading Cymru North to the UEFA Regions' Cup.

The Cymru North manager saw his side stage a dramatic second-half comeback in the play-off second leg on Sunday, with Handscombe's men overcoming a two-goal deficit to earn a 4-2 win in Briton Ferry.

Handscombe was visibly emotional after a rollercoaster 90 minutes in what has been a difficult few months for the former Corwen manager following the passing of his father Ian.

"There were lots of different emotions and one of the reasons that I'm probably emotional is because I lost my dad at Christmas," said Handscombe.

"The plan was always that my parents would be here with my family, so the fact he couldn't be here to see this is quite emotional for me. I just looked up at the sky and asked for some help, and thankfully he listened.

"I'm just so proud of the players and the way they reacted after going two goals down. A lot of teams could have just crumbled really but they relaxed a little bit and then when we started playing more we created chances."

Handscombe's side looked as though they had missed out on the opportunity to reach the intermediate round after Cymru South captain Aiden Lewis put the hosts in a convincing position with two goals either side of half time.

But Cymru North hit back with four goals in 30 second-half minutes through Liam Morris, Jamie Cumming, Dylan Allshorn and Jake Cooke to ensure it would be them who travel to Northern Ireland later this year.

"I knew that Jonathan Jones would prepare his team really well, you could see they were well organised and what their game plan was. 

"I don't think we deserved to be two goals down, but the belief just rose when we got the first goal back.

"I've said from the first day that they've been a fantastic bunch and I didn't want the journey to end, so hopefully this is just the start and we can create more memories."

Cymru North will now take on Sweden, the Czech Republic and hosts Northern Ireland in the intermediate round stage of the UEFA Regions' Cup in October, with Cymru placed in Group 4.

"The lads deserve a nice break now before they start the new season with their clubs, so that will give us staff more time to prepare," he added.

"I'm sure there will be some clubs sniffing around in the summer but hopefully this is the core group that continues the journey."

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