Canton Liberal manager Dean Bowden says working with attackers Andre Phillips and Christopher Quick is a managers dream, following their win with the South Wales FA.
South Wales FA ran out 2-0 winners against North Wales Coast at Latham Park, with Penydarren’s Welsh Cup hero Chris Colvin-Owens opening the scoring before fellow Penydarren attacker Asa Lloyd added his name on the scoresheet before the break.
Bowden who works closely with Andre Phillips and Christopher Quick at the Liberal, as well as with the South Wales FA squad and has seen both players go on a purple-patch of form for his side.
The pair have thirty-one goals between them in the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division this season, making Liberal one of the most prolific teams in the division.
“What more can you say about those two, a managers dream to have such a talented pair at their disposal. Both have been tremendous so far this season.With those two on the pitch, we always have a chance to win a football match.
Chris Quick has missed a number of games due to suspensions which makes his record look even better. Andre has stepped up to the mark scoring some important goals and is in a real rich vein of form at the moment.”
Manager Dean Bowden, is part of the coaching staff, in identifying players for the South Wales FA select team, under manager Steve Green.
Andre Phillips and Chris Quick were two out of five Canton Liberal players, who helped South Wales FA retain the FAW Regions Cup. Chris’ brother Phillip and Christopher Dye stated, whilst Aaron Fettah and Liam Pika were named on the substitutes bench.
“It’s something that we are really proud of as a club, we have had a good representation in the squad over the previous seasons. It’s something that the boys take great pride in and enjoy being part of such a talented squad.
Obviously, with myself being on the Management side of things people from the outside looking in will automatically assume that the boys are in the squad purely because of my involvement and I sort of expect that, but the boys are in and have continued their involvement in numerous squads based on merit and some excellent individual performances.”
The five players now have a quick turnaround as they pull on Liberal colours again, when they make the relatively short trip to Cardiff rivals Grange Albion, who are a just a stone’s throw away from their Lawrenny Avenue home.
Earlier on in the season, Canton Liberal came out on top in a 3-0 victory for Dean Bowden’s side.
Christopher Quick scored a hat-rick under the floodlights at Leckwith Stadium, back in September before going on to add thirteen more goals to his tally, making him the top goal scorer in the division.
“Wednesday’s game is one of those games where recent form and table positions go out of the window, we will be going into the game knowing we have to be at our best to come away with the all-important points and hopefully return back to the top and keep the pressure on our nearest rivals.
Coming up through the pyramid as we have in our short history I have always looked at local sides such as Albion, Butetown etc with real jealously wanting to be involved in these type games and now we find ourselves playing in them and long may it continue.”