Date: Sat 12 May 2018

Met brush Barry aside to set up Druids showdown

A fantastic performance for the Archers at Cyncoed saw Christian Edwards’ side book their place in next weekend’s JDWPL European Playoff Final at Cefn Druids with a comprehensive win over Barry Town United.

Cardiff Metropolitan 4-1 Barry Town United
Cyncoed Campus
Cardiff Met scorers: Adam Roscrow 26’, 74’, Will Evans 40’, Callum Sainty OG 43’
Barry Town United scorer: Jonathan Hood 88’

Will Evans almost made it a perfect start to the match for Cardiff Met as he found space to get into the Barry Town United box from the left, reached the edge of Joe Massaro’s six-yard box and let an ambitious shot go with the outside of his foot which flew a foot wide of the visiting far post.

Barry Town United’s first spell of pressure in the game came soon afterwards as Jordan Cotterill and Jonathan Hood had free-kicks from troubling areas from around the Met box, but both deliveries were wasted before Evans again led the charge for the home side with a counter-attack, playing a nice one-two with Jordan Lam in the final third with Barry on the back foot, before firing a tame shot wide.

Adam Roscrow was fortunate inside 20 minutes to see a cross inside to Evans deflect back out to him on the right wing, before shaping up to take a stab at lobbing Massaro with a left-footed effort from the right-hand corner of the box, but it flew over the bar as both sides struggled to create any real opportunities inside the opponent’s box in the opening exchanges of this game.

Will Evans races away in celebration after getting Met's second goal. <em>(Photo: Abigail Davies)</em>

Will Evans races away in celebration after getting Met's second goal. (Photo: Abigail Davies)

That soon changed, however, as Met found their stride after the midway point of the first half. Jordan Lam and Charlie Corsby had some nice interplay on the left, before the former flashed a cross across the box towards Roscrow, who sent the delivery back where it came from and just wide of the far post. Lam then beat Macauley Southam-Hales with some great footwork before advancing into the six-yard box and cutting back for Roscrow, but his strike was excellently blocked by Chris Hugh to preserve the deadlock.

Roscrow wasn’t going to miss a chance inside the box for the third time in succession, however, as Met moved the ball from front to back with relative ease before Eliot Evans found Roscrow running into the box with a deft flick around the corner into the forward’s path, and he made no mistake one-v-one against Massaro and it was Met who led 1-0.

The game opened up a bit more then, as both strikers missed decent chances in the opposition boxes, with Kayne McLaggon not quite connecting with a Southam-Hales free-kick, before Roscrow broke from the resulting clearance and was a wayward touch short of finding himself in against Massaro again.

With five minutes to play in the first half, Met got two more goals to make it 3-0 to the home side on the day as Will Evans grabbed a goal following brilliant work from Roscrow on the right, with his ball across the box finding Evans open to power the ball home, before an Eliot Evans free-kick was nodded into the Barry net by their own midfielder to send Christian Edwards’ side into halftime delighted.

The Dragons started the second half brighter, forcing a save out of Will Fuller within seconds of the restart as Chris Hugh and McLaggon both rushed into the Met box, but the Archers managed the start of the half well and kept the visitors at arm’s length.

Southam-Hales had a good chance to put McLaggon in with 25 minutes left to play as he burnt past his marker and found himself in a great spot to cut back for the forward, but he opted to shoot himself and only found the side netting. Moments later, Met punished that miss as Lam and Roscrow broke to put Barry on the back foot and the latter bagged his brace to make it 4-0.

Gavin Chesterfield’s side grabbed a consolation late on as they were awarded a penalty and Hood converted to make it 4-1, but Met saw the remaining moments out to set up a showdown with Druids next Sunday.

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