History was made in the Rhondda Valley on Saturday afternoon, as brilliant Barry Town United won the Welsh League Division One championship for the first time since 1994.
With three points against Cambrian and Clydach Vale required to confirm the title in this, the penultimate game of the campaign, TJ Nagi rose bravely to connect with the second half winner, capitalising on a favourable bounce, after an opportune long ball from goalkeeper Mike Lewis.
Promoted in midweek, Barry played some fine football in the warm Clydach sunshine, but were unable to make the breakthrough until this pivotal moment, with a home defender regrettably clattering his own goalkeeper Steven Hall, as both men attempted to clear Nagi’s winner.
Hall’s injuries would require an ambulance and the match would be halted for around a full hour for the Clydach shotstopper to receive treatment; happily, his condition is better than had been feared.
When play eventually resumed, Barry continued to work hard and their efforts were rewarded at the final whistle, as players and travelling supporters alike joyously celebrated their championship win.
Bringing out the bubbly, the Town’s title heroes soon crossed over to an away stand decked in green balloons, shaking hands with many of the devoted supporters that have followed them this season.
Tyrell Webbe also treated onlookers to some of his trademark acrobatics, while the jubilant squad launched manager Gavin Chesterfield up into the air; the final bumps of a long Welsh League road.
With the pressure now well and truly off, Saturday’s victory sets the stage for a special championship celebration at Jenner Park Stadium this coming weekend.
Updated 12:08 - 26 Apr 2017 by Ashley Cox