12:04pm Tuesday 19th November 2013
Cardiff Met University 6
Haverfordwest County 1
AN early red card for Blues goalkeeper Chris Curtis gave an enthusiastic student side a window of opportunity and they darted straight in to put a cap on the Bluebirds’ dismal cup season, crashing out of the second round of the Welsh Cup.
Things started to go awry for the visitors as early as the pre-match warm-up when influential centre half Sam Rodon picked up a knock. As with the mid-week friendly in which the Blues played out a good goalless draw with Swansea City’s Development side, Dylan Blain stepped into the central defensive role, where he played extremely well.
Things grew worse with a very good Met goal from Tim Nixon in the 8th minute, but the real killer blow came shortly afterwards when Curtis was adjudged to have fouled a Cardiff attacker in the box and sent off. Sean Pemberton went in goal where he did in fact play very well, but Josh Barnett converted the penalty and, down to ten men, the Blues were pushed right back on the defensive.
The students scored twice more in the first half, through Nixon and James Ward, even though there was a moment’s relief with a neat goal from Steffan Williams. Richie Lewis couldn’t convert a chance to make it 4-2, so it remained 4-1 at the interval.
The visitors might just have emerged after half-time hoping for a recovery, but an early defensive mistake and a fifth Met goal from Dan Spencer knocked out that idea and Joseph Chaplin’s final goal finished matters off.
Remarkably, despite three very poor results in their various cup competitions, the Blues remain unbeaten in the league and, with the promotion ambition now being clearly in their sights, they will travel to Gwent to play Goytre next Saturday, before a home game with Goytre United on Saturday 30th November.
Haverfordwest County: Chris Curtis, Ricky Watts, Antonio Facciuto, Dylan Blain, Dale Griffiths, Sean Pemberton, Chris O’Sullivan, Declan Carroll, Steffan Williams (Matthew Fisher, 80), Joey Leahy (Jack Christopher, 80), Richie Lewis.
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