MATCH REACTION: Carmarthen Town 0-4 Cardiff Metropolitan
The Archers will enter the final stages of the season with a renewed sense of optimism following their comprehensive 4-0 defeat of fellow Europa League hopefuls Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park.
It was 3 months to the day since Cardiff Met last recorded a victory, a 2-0 defeat of Aberystwyth Town confirming their place in the top six of the WPL and the visitors took the lead through a hotly disputed penalty. A corner from Eliot Evans broke to the edge of the box and when Dave Vincent was adjudged to have fouled Matty Taylor just inside the area, Kyle McCarthy stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty into the roof of the net with ruthless efficiency.
ill Fuller had to be at his best to deny Liam Thomas at his near post with 20 minutes on the clock. 10 minutes later Met doubled their lead and if there was any doubt about the first, the second was another goal of the month contender from midfielder Will Evans. McCarthy was again involved and displayed the vision to pick out Evans with a cross from the byline, who was on hand to volley into the top corner from 12 yards.
Although the Met faithful have had little to cheer in recent weeks, they will be buoyed by the emergence of both Taylor and Rhys Thomas and it was Thomas, making his first start of the season who bundled home the Archers third goal just before the hour mark following good approach play from Adam Roscrow and a low cross from Taylor.
The victory was assured mid way through the second half when midfielder Eliot Evans cut inside on the edge of the box and unleashed a left footed shot low in to the corner past a despairing Lee Idzi.
Whilst Met will be aware of the threats posed by their play-off rivals, Eliot Evans was keen to reinforce the belief of the squad despite a disappointing second phase performance.
“Naturally the win has increased morale amongst the squad given our recent results but we have maintained a positive outlook throughout the season and we executed today’s game-plan perfectly which will give us confidence going into the play-offs.
We don’t fear anyone and have proven what we can do in this league. Of course we are aware of other teams strengths but the meticulous planning of the coaching staff at the club will enable us to go into the play-offs with an idea of how we can hurt the opposition, it is then up to us as a team to perform.”