The students of Cardiff Met have crowned their first season in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League with a chance to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
After tonight's (January 14th) Super Saturday fixtures the league has been divided in two for the rest of the season, with the teams in positions three to six now playing for a place in the first qualifying round of the Europa League. The winners will enter the UEFA Champions League, and second will enter the Europa League at a later stage in qualifying.
And Cardiff Met secured a fifth place finish in their first season with a 2-0 win away at Aberystwyth.
Cardiff Met won Welsh Division One last season and the squad is led by Men’s Football and Head Coach, former Wales player Dr Christian Edwards. In his playing career he played for today’s opponents, as well as Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.
Eleven of the Cardiff Met FC squad are studying at postgraduate level – either PhDs or Masters programmes.
Dr Edwards is believed to be the first former international player in the world to study for a PhD, although other professional players have done so.
Cardiff Met have made great improvements after a shaky first six games at this level - picking up one point of a possible 18 – and lifted themselves from the relegation zone to finish in the top half.
Edwards said of the team’s achievement: “This is a fantastic achievement, and we are obviously all delighted to have achieved at least a top six finish in our first season the top flight. We must now push on and see if we can claim that Europa League spot.”
Cardiff Met President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Cara Aitchison said: "'This is a tremendous achievement for Cardiff Met FC and I'm delighted for them, particularly as today's game was such a high stakes match.
"Not only is the team made of highly talented footballers but the captain is President of our Student Union and the goalkeeper is Vice-President.
"I know the whole University was behind them today and we look forward to what's to follow; the whole team is a credit to Cardiff Metropolitan University.”