Cardiff Metropolitan 1-1 Carmarthen Town: Evans saves Met as they draw with resolute Old Gold
Carmarthen Town earned a valuable point away to Cardiff Metropolitan University, with goals from Liam Thomas and Eliot Evans shaping a stalemate between both sides.
The Archers moved into the top six on goal difference after earning a point at Cyncoed Campus. Carmarthen remains in the relegation zone on goal difference.
Carmarthen remain without an away win this season, with their last victory on the road coming in March. Met picked up their thirteen home point of the season but were unable to beat Carmarthen in the two league meetings.
In the opening 15 minutes, Dylan Rees gathered himself on the right wing, slipping a cross into a dangerous area in the process.
Will Evans rose with a free header, but could not guide his header on target as he fired wide. Kyle McCarthy found himself in trouble moments later, when he tried to beat Mael Davies to a loose ball in the area.
His challenge was reckless, with the referee hesitant before pointing to the spot. Liam Thomas stepped up to the plate, keeping his cool as he calmly slid home from the spot. Just after the half-hour mark, Met looked to claw their way back level, but the Old Gold stood firm in their defensive efforts.
Kyle McCarthy next came closest, when a free kick from the edge of the area curled too far towards goal, but his cross-come-shot was no trouble for Lee Idzi.
In a half with very few chances, set pieces would look to provide the only clear chances for the home side.
On the stroke of half-time, Eliot Evans would have an opportunity from 20 yards out straight in front of the net. His attempt at a curled effort was on target, but straight at Lee Idzi who caught comfortably.
It would take the Archers time to create a significant chance despite their dominance in possession throughout the second period. Kyle McCarthy once more failed to make the visitors pay, creating space outside the area well, only to watch his effort fly high and wide in the 63rd minute.
The home side would finally break through only ten minutes later. Chris Baker controlled the ball into the path of Eliot Evans with his chest on the edge of the area. The Archers man fired a stinging volley into the left side of the net, leaving Lee Idzi with no chance of saving it.
The home side nearly stole the game at the death, when Eliot Evans picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area. Striking a looping ball on a half turn, Lee Idzi scrambled back to his line, relieved to see the chance slip over the bar.
Lang, Rees, Edwards, Black (Thomas 70), Lewis, McCarthy, E.Evans, Baker, Roscrow, Snaith (Owen 59), W.Evans
Idzi, Cummings (Hanford 69), Davies, Caroll, Surman, Walters, Webbe, Thomas, Knott, Vickers (Hanbury 89), Vincent
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