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Cardiff Met FC celebrate winning back-to-back BUCS titles

​22/03/2018

 

​Photo taken by Abigail Davies

Cardiff Met FC last night secured the British University and College Sport (BUCS) league title as they defeated Hartpury College 3-2 in the Men's Football Championship final played out at the University of Nottingham.

Goals from Rhydian Morgan, Aaron James and Dylan Rees saw Cardiff Met to victory, with forward Tim Parker picking up the game's Man of the Match award.

The final was one of the set-piece events of the BUCS Big Wednesday event, a sporting extravaganza that saw over 60 of the UK's top university teams compete for championship and trophy titles at the culmination of the organisation's team sport league programme.

The extra-time win represents the second consecutive season that Director of Football and former Nottingham Forest defender Dr Christian Edwards has led the Archers to the title.

After securing the win, Dr Edwards commented: "The victory speaks volumes of the side's professional approach to every match that they take part in.

"It can often be difficult to emulate previous successes in football, but the team entered the campaign with the same hunger and commitment that saw them secure the title the first time around.

"It takes a lot of mental and physical resilience to go into extra-time and get a winner – being able to call upon the experience of last season's final victory was a huge psychological factor for the lads.

"The boys have sacrificed a lot to get to this point, now's the time to enjoy the win before our attention returns to securing a strong finish in the Welsh Premier League." 

The club was founded in the year 2000, with the name Cardiff Metropolitan University being adopted in 2012. The side gained promotion to the Welsh Premier League in 2016, reaching the division's Europa League Play-off Final in their maiden season in the top-flight of Welsh football.