There’s something about a warm, sunny day that that just makes football a lot better. On Saturday I was at Cyncoed Campus for Cardiff Met’s win over Aberystwyth as the Archers secured a European play-off spot.
With the Archers at home to struggling Llanelli next Friday, the play-off spot was always likely to be secured. However, Met were going for it today and early on Chris Baker hit the post.
Aber were sitting deep, but as the home sides challengers for a play-off spot, they were likely to have some bite. Marc Williams had a chance to score after the ball bobbled up to him, but the striker’s effort was gathered by Will Fuller.
Eventually Met did take a deserved lead. Rhydian Morgan carried the ball forward and drew an Aber defender prior to playing it across to Kyle McCarthy on the left. The winger proceeded to put in a low cross which was tapped in by Adam Roscrow.
Soon after Roscrow had another chance after a jammy one-two with McCarthy. The Archers top marksman tried a low shot through the legs of Terry McCormick but the Aber keeper got down quickly enough to save embarrassment.
Most attacks from the East Walian side were coming through number seven Geoff Kelleway. Kelleway is a seasoned WPL pro, and he nearly added another goal to his tally with a shot which flew over the bar.
Meanwhile, McCarthy was having the game of his life against his full back, his move from defence was definitely a good idea from Christian Edwards.
What also was a good idea was McCormick’s decision to leave his line to foil Will Evans, who hit a half-volley right at the goalkeeper’s chest.
In the second half, both sides seemed to slow down in the Welsh sun. Nevertheless, Kelleway had a good chance when Marc Williams through ball nutmegged Dylan Rees. The former Carmarthen Town winger latched onto it but his shot was stopped by Will Fuller.
Then Emlyn Lewis played a lovely weighted pass to Will Evans who took a touch before rolling his shot wide. Further chances for Evans and Roscrow followed, but in the end, a 1-0 scoreline flattered Aberystwyth who will try again next season for a Europa League play-off spot.