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Following their historic semi-final win in the Nathaniel MG Cup, STM Sports manager Nana Baah has praised the work ethic of the club and its players after they defeated a second Cymru Premeir side en route to their first ever Nathaniel MG Cup Final.
Goals from Josh Graham and Calum Bateman handed the Llanrumney outfit a famous win over the Yellow and Greens at Cardiff University Playing Fields, despite an early opener from Marc Williams which put the away side ahead.
But, Nana Baah has insisted that they always had the belief in their current crop of players and believed they could get the job done against higher ranked opposition.
“I’m ecstatic. This is another community club, a club of players who other teams didn’t want, players that people think have got a bad attitude and we’ve shown that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, if you apply yourself well, you can achieve.
“We changed the team about fifteen times! We just had to trust our players. It’s easy to give up, but these boys didn’t. We had a centre-half playing left-back who hasn’t started a game all season. We had three players on the pitch who were actually injured, but still played through. It’s difficult, but you’ve got to give them the belief. And if you can give them that belief of how good they are from the start, they will run through a brick wall for you”.
Baah only joined the club this summer, following his departure from Cwmbran Celtic as Assistant Manager. But, the former Cwmbran man knows how tough it is to make the impossible possible, as he so famously achieved when he won the JD Cymru South with Caerau Ely in 2014-15, against all the odds.
But, the new man at the helm was impressed with his new squad from the get go.
“These players are unbelievable. From the first training session I came here, I was impressed. The football played by these players is exceptional.”
But now they have an even tougher task ahead.
STM have beaten both Newtown and Aberystwyth on their path to the final, but now they will go head to head against one of the top JD Cymru Premier sides, Connah’s Quay Nomads, when the final takes place on February 1st.
But Baah insists, once again, that STM can once again upset the odds.
“To be honest, I’m not bothered about that at all. I’m just happy to be in the final. I don’t know much about them. We’ll do our research, we’ll do what we do. We will plan and organise well. It’s a final, everyone knows in a final anything can happen. They are one of the best sides in Wales, but as we’ve shown, if we do what we do, well, we can beat anyone.”