Cardiff Met made the journey up north to Nottingham for Big BUCS Wednesday, where Hartpury were the challenge for the Archers. On a bobbly pitch in tough windy conditions, the MET went into the half time break at 0-0 with neither side creating many chances.
After the break, the game sprung into life. MET went down 1-0 after a cross got flicked on past the diving Dan Evans, but in quick reply Rhydian Morgan was at the back post to turn the ball home. Hartpury regained the lead after some good play on their right-hand side lead to their number 9 slotting the ball in the net from a tight angle. Met were awarded a free kick 25 yards from the Hartpury goal. Will Evans had a moving shot parried by the Hartpury keeper only for Aaron James to head in the rebound. After the full-time whistle went the game finished 2-2 meaning extra time was required. Met were in the assurgency and with penalties looming Dylan cut in from the right and unleashed a rasping shot under the keeper to retain the BUCS championship title.
After Wednesday's BUCS National Final trimph, we caught up with BUCS Captain Matt Swindlehurst and some of the Cardiff FC boys to get their thoughts on the day.
‘The boys were tremendous today, after going behind you never know if it’s going to be your day, but we stuck at it and got the all-important win. When asked about how the team will celebrate tonight ‘It’s my birthday today so the title is an extra special birthday treat, I’m sure we’ll have a few beers on the way home’ - Matt Swindlehurst.
Speaking to Dylan Rees about THAT winning goal - ‘Will switched the ball over to my side, I thought I’d cut in on my left foot and take a shot. I hit it sweetly and next thing you know all the boys are running over to celebrate. It will live long in the memory for sure!).
Lastly speaking to Man Of The Match Winner Tim Parker ‘Buzzing for all the boys, we knew it would be a tough game and coming from behind twice showed how much we wanted it. I’m absolutely chuffed to have won MOTM, was unlucky not to get a goal but glad we won. I thought any one of us could have won MOTM today'.
Could it be 3 in 3 years next year for the Met?
Another fantastic achievement for the club, credit to all the players & staff of Cardiff Met FC!