As the season makes a welcome return; performance clubs Cardiff & Met and Swansea share updates from their first games...
CARDIFF & MET v HAVANT
Cardiff & Met started their 2017/2018 on Saturday 23rd September in their opening National League game against Havant at home.
In preparation for the opening of the National League the squad had travelled the week before to the annual PLUM tournament. With a very competitive performance squad, Head Coach Walid Abdo is excited about the forthcoming season with many new additions joining Cardiff & Met this season.
For the forthcoming season we welcome the following players into the performance squad:
- Jack Maclean – Previous club Brighton and Hove
- Daniel Smith – Previous club Isca
- Eddy Evans – Previous club Cardiff University
- Jagdeep Hanspal – Previous club Indian Gymkhana
- William Raymond – Previous club Fareham
In the opening game on Saturday, Cardiff & Met were content with keeping possession of the ball in the first twenty minutes; dominating possession however little opportunity came in front of goal. Cardiff & Met went into half-time feeling frustrated to have not scored however confident with how well possession was kept.
The team started the second half determined and this was evident within five minutes when Rhys Bradshaw opened the scoring, with a deflection into the goal. Cardiff & Met took the lead and remained positive to execute further opportunities. They continued to lead against Havant deep into the second half. Havant continued to be patient and utilised a defensive mistake within our defensive D to equal the scoring with just under fifteen minutes to go.
The final score was Cardiff & Met: 1, Havant: 1.
A well deserved point from both teams in a tough opening encounter. Head Coach Walid Abdo felt positive with the performance and looks forward to our next fixture against Clifton Robinsons away next Sunday 1st October at 13:00. Thank you to all supporters who watched our opening league game on Saturday.
Main image: Irfon Bennett
ISCA v SWANSEA CITY
Spartans come away with a point in a testing game.
A new look Swansea with debutants Anna Reynolds and Ellie Lewis travelled to Isca for the season opener feeling positive. The game started furiously with the majority of goal scoring opportunities falling to the home side. However, an organised defence and some excellent saves by Anna Lugg-Morris in goal ensured Isca came away empty handed. Swansea created their own chances but were unable to find the net.
The 2nd half started in a similar fashion with Isca creating more clear opportunities to take the lead. Swansea's continued hard work led to a period of sustained possesion and the award of two penalty corners, the 2nd of which was cleared off the line by a defender.
The game finished 0-0 but Swansea will be happy to come away with a point and look forward to the first home game next weekend against Bath Buccaneers.
Man of the Match Anna Lugg-Morris (pictured)
Reporter Carys Hopkins