Match Report: Aber 2nds 6-2 Cardiff Met 5ths

ABERYSTWYTH’S men’s second team got their BUCS Western 6B campaign off to a flyer with a comfortable win against Cardiff Metropolitan fifths.

bucsMark Lewis opened the scoring before the Students added a brace from Tom Sparks, and one each for Dan Weaver, Ryan Davies, Christoph Paulik on a chilly day at Blaendolau.

Scarcely had the game begun and Aber were ahead. A delightful through ball was met by Lewis, who kept a level head to chip the onrushing goalkeeper.

Quickly the trend for the home side to dominate for large spells developed, and it didn’t take long to double the lead. After hard work from Will Hancock-Fairs, Sparks was brought down inside the box as he was about to pull the trigger. Fortunately, the referee waited just long enough without blowing for the penalty so that Weaver could slot the loose ball home to make it 2-0 after just 13 minutes.

Cardiff Met were struggling but a mistake from Andre Niebler allowed the away side’s lone striker the space to curl a shot into the far corner, just out of the reach of goalkeeper Alex Westbury.

The Students snapped back into action and the discipline expected by the crowd – larger than usual, as the first team game was called off – was demonstrated perfectly (they won as two corners in the space of a minute). Both were delivered to the far post by Weaver, and both headed by Ryan Davies – the first flying inches wide, and the second into the back of the net to reinstate the two-goal lead going into the break.

HT 3-1

The second period continued in much the same manner, with the home side very much on top. Five minutes in they made two changes – replacing Lewis and Seb Seidler with Sam Jenkins and Paulik, and adopting a 4-4-2 formation.

Paulik was straight into the action, and within five minutes he was on the score sheet. A ball over the top from the tireless Weaver looked as though it would be a routine collection for the Met goalkeeper, but he unbelievably elected to punch the ball – straight into Sparks. After ricocheting off the striker’s head it fell to Paulik who slotted the ball into an empty net.

Soon it was 5-1 and it was the other substitute involved this time, and again the goalkeeper played a part in his side’s downfall. Jenkins carved open the Met defence and Sparks caught the ‘keeper in no man’s land and was left with an easy finish.

Fifteen minutes from the end Sparks bagged his second. Picking up the ball inside the opposition third, the forward danced through the defence before scoring with as casual a finish as you’ll ever see.

Before the end there was still time for the away team to grab a consolation goal. A bit of sloppy defending from Aber allowed the persistent opposition striker to bag a goal, which his efforts probably deserved.

Man of the Match: Dan Weaver

The centre-midfielder didn’t stop running all game and, whilst he made some mistakes, he worked harder than any to rectify the situation. He was also a constant source of encouragement for the rest of the team and wholly deserved his first-half goal.