Cardiff Met FC are celebrating after becoming the first university to reach the UEFA Europa League, after an exciting play-off final against Bala Town on Sunday, where they won 3-1 with a penalty shoot out.
After facing three straight playoff finals in the Welsh Premier League but narrowly missing out, the team have finally reached Europe. The Archers played a thrilling match on Sunday against Bala Town, with Eliot Evans scoring the decisive penalty after Cardiff Met Archers’ keeper Will Fuller saved three spot kicks. Full-time score had been a draw at 1-1.
Mike Davies, Chief Executive of Cardiff Met Students’ Union and Cardiff Met University AFC said: “We are extremely proud of the success of the team both in winning the Nathaniel Cup and qualifying for the Europa League, we have been building up to this for the last three years.
“The conduct and commitment of our students and the management team and everyone who is part of the club has been a credit to the University and Welsh Football. They deserve the opportunity to play on the European stage."
Christian Edwards, Head Coach of Cardiff Met FC and Director of Football said: “Every single player yesterday was a credit to the University. We have been knocking on the door for this for two seasons and it finally happened. It was a tough final and was an added challenge to have to go to penalties, but the boys held their own to ensure a fantastic day. We’ll be back with a bang for pre-season training in two weeks, with our next game on June 27th.”
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