A Disappointing Afternoon In The Capital – Cardiff Metropolitan University 4-1 The New Saints FC

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Match Report

Substitutions: Draper for Ebbe (46), Byrne for Brobbel (59), Lewis for Cieslewicz (59)

Yellow Card: Cabango (41)

With Connah’s Quay Nomads’ victory on Saturday afternoon against Carmarthen Town toppling The New Saints at the top of the JD Welsh Premier League, there was added incentive for Scott Ruscoe’s side as they travelled to the capital to take on Cardiff Metropolitan University FC.

Just seconds on the clock, Brobbel found Ebbe inside the box as the Irish striker’s flick-on hit the post.

Both sides looked to establish an early hold on the game but as we approached the quarter of an hour stage, neither keeper had been seriously tested.

In fact, it was the 19th minute when a ball from Spender found Redmond, who in turn fed Ebbe in the box. Unfortunately for the lead-man, his blocked shot was comfortably collected by Mansion in The Archers’ goal.

The deadlock was broken six minutes later when Evans crossed from the Cardiff left, finding Thomas who flicked the ball past Harrison from close-range.

Cardiff Met 1 The New Saints 0 (25 minutes)

As we passed the one-third stage of the game, a pass from Redmond found Cieslewicz on the left. Striking first time, the ball hit the outside netting as the visitors looked to get back in the game.

Cardiff Met had a penalty appeal rejected, as Thomas went down in The Saints’ area.

In the 37th minute, The Archers doubled their lead as an Evans shot was saved by Harrison but Snaith was quickest to the loose ball, prodding over the champions’ line.

Cardiff Met 2 The New Saints 0 (37 minutes)

In the second minute of added time, turning in the box, Brobbel’s chip hit the bar as TNS looked to pull a goal back going into the break.

Half-Time: Cardiff Metropolitan University FC 2 The New Saints 0

 Five minutes in, a free-kick from Marriott was dealt with by the home side, with the JD WPL’s golden boot 2017/2018 Draper replacing Ebbe at the break, as The New Saints endeavoured to find the net.

However, it was Snaith’s second that extended Cardiff Met’s lead in the 53rd minute. Breaking down a TNS attack, the break saw a ball played in from the left, with the number 24 slotting past Harrison.

Cardiff Met 3 The New Saints 0 (53 minutes)

A deflected shot from substitute Byrne in the 67th minute saw TNS win a corner that came to nothing, as The Students cleared their lines.

A Redmond free-kick following a foul on Mullan, was met by the head of Hudson, only for Manson to comfortably collect, as The Saints tried desperately to get back into the game.

However, it was all over bar the final whistle, when Baker’s shot gave the university-based side an impressive lead.

Cardiff Met 4 The New Saints 0 (82 minutes)

Draper pulled one back for the reigning JD WPL champions, as he got on the end of a ball from Redmond and beat the keeper from inside the box.

Cardiff Met 4 The New Saints 1 (87 minutes)

The New Zealand international almost got a second goal as the ball dropped kindly to him in the box. However, alert defending denied him and with three added minutes indicated from the 4th official, the game ended 4-1 as Cardiff Met earned a well-deserved victory.

 Final score: Cardiff Metropolitan University FC 4 The New Saints 1

Details

Date Time League Season
September 30, 2018 12:45 pm Welsh Premier League 2018 – 2019

Ground

Cyncoed Campus
9 Cyncoed Rd, Cardiff CF23 6XD, UK

Results

ClubGoals
Cardiff Metropolitan4
The New Saints FC1

The New Saints FC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender Defender
3Chris Marriott Defender
4Tom Holland Midfielder
5Ben Cabango Defender
8Ryan Brobbel 21 Midfielder
9Greg Draper 17 Forward
10Danny Redmond Midfielder
11Adrian Cieslewicz 22 Forward
12Blaine Hudson Defender
14Jamie Mullan Forward
17Dean Ebbe 9 Forward
21Kurtis Byrne 8 Forward
22Kane Lewis 11 Defender