James Davies’ 22nd minute strike paved the way into to the Europa League for Cefn Druids as they overcame Cardiff Met 1-0 at the Rock in Wrexham.
The Druids started on the front foot. Ben Burrow’s low cross found its way to Davies, the strikers shot was blocked by Will Fuller who did the same to Alex Mudimu’s follow up.
The Archers were fully up against it in the opening stages, so it was no surprise when Davies got the home sides opener. Arek Piskorski squared the ball Davies who’s first effort was blocked by Emlyn Lewis but the former Llanfairpwll man had no problem finishing the rebound.
Davies was again involved in the action when Ben Burrows slipped a ball through to him, however his shot was blocked by the knee of Will Fuller.
Met were struggling. But in the closing stages of the half Jordan Lam’s positivity was nearly rewarded. Taking the ball down left, the winger squared it to an unmarked Elliot Evans. Evans will point to a bobble the ball took as the reason he side-footed over.
Wayne Allison must’ve given his team a rocketing at the break, because the Archers began the second 45 on top.
Space was opening up in midfield, and metronome Chris Baker was brought on for Matt Swindlehurst to exploit this.
Unlike in their 4-1 Europa League play-off semi-final over Barry Town, Met lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, plus the Druids defended stoutly. This was exemplified when Naim Arsan’s stooping header stopped Dan Spencer’s cross from reaching its target.
And with little of the game left, Baker couldn’t grow high enough to get a good enough headed connection on Gwion Howell’s free-kick.
Cefn Druids will play their first Europa League preliminary round leg on the 28th June. Meanwhile Cardiff Met will prepare for another season in Wales’ top flight which starts in August.