Dr. Christian Edwards praises Cardiff Met’s second successive European play-off final following sensational win over Barry Town United

Cardiff Met manager Dr. Christian Edwards praised his side’s efforts after they reached a second consecutive European play-off final following a convincing 4-1 win over Barry Town United at Cyncoed Campus.

Edwards was delighted that Met got the job done and believes they have hit form at the perfect time “it was always going to be difficult against a strong Barry Town United side, but We have hit form at the right time and I think that showed today.”

“We had them constantly on the back-foot, especially in the first-half. Barry had one shot on target and that was a penalty. Will (Will Fuller), our goalkeeper, played injured and I don’t think he had anything to do. It is our second play-off final next week, which isn’t bad for a bunch of students.”

Adam Roscrow was the star of the show, setting up one and scoring twice and Edwards was absolutely thrilled with his performance as he caused the Barry backline problems all evening.

“As coaches, we are constantly pushing Adam and he has got the ability to play a lot higher, and I think when he plays on the shoulder like he did today, he is quick, strong and he can cause any side in this division a problem.”

But Edwards isn’t getting carried away just yet and feels next week’s game against Cefn Druids will be a tough game as they look to book a place in the Europa League next season.

“It will be a different type of game next week. I believe that Cefn Druids will be a little bit more direct, they have real quality in what they do, Huw (Huw Griffiths) sets them up with great structure, and they will be hard to break down.”

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“Last year, when we lost out to Bangor in the final, we applauded what we did last year, but we didn’t like that feeling afterwards and that feeling has stuck with us all year in order for us to push on this year, and we are 90 minutes away from Europe again – it is anybody’s game.”

“It only takes one mistake, but we believe we got the ability in our group to go on to win it. We started our season with a 3-0 win at Cefn Druids and there is no reason why we can’t end our season with a game against the Druids with a win.”

“The confidence is huge in football, we have played all these teams home and away. We have been through that fire, but we have fought through that fire and we have come out at the other end and we are in a final again.

The boys have got real confidence now – we are really looking forward to it next week, they beat us convincingly last time out, so they will no doubt think they can replicate that. But we have a buoyant bunch of students and anything can happen in these sort of games.”

(Featured image: Will Cheshire)


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