What the Archers’ maiden cup triumph could mean for the future

Cardiff Metropolitan celebrate winning the Nathaniel MG Cup. (Mike James)

Cardiff Metropolitan University secured their first piece of cup silverware by winning the Nathaniel MG Cup on Saturday, but how can they use this success to push them forward in the years to come?

Striker Adam Roscrow netted twice as the Students tasted success in a cup final for the first time. We’ve taken a look at what their triumph could mean for their future, in the short and long term.

‘Bridesmaids’ tag removed

Dylan Rees and Joel Edwards celebrate after the final whistle. (Mike James)

There had been questions surrounding the Archers, who had lost their three previous Welsh Premier League finals (One Nathaniel MG Cup final and two Europa League playoff finals) prior to Saturday’s game, but this win has well and truly got rid of the bridesmaids tag which they had been labelled with.

After falling short on three occasions, the Students have finally been able to cross the finishing line. They will surely now be viewed in a different light by their critics.

Met have now joined what is a relatively short list of team’s to have won the League Cup. This should mean they gain respect from fellow sides for winning a tournament that has proven to be a tall order for some of Wales’ more established outfits.

Momentum heading into Phase Two

Striker Adam Roscrow netted both goals for the Archers. (Mike James)

After finishing in the top six at the end of Phase One last season, the Cyncoed side were not able to reach the same heights this time round. However, they did finish the first phase in good form, winning their final three games by a scoreline of three goals to nil.

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Their cup triumph on the weekend will have kept the momentum going. It will also have brought with it all the confidence and belief that you gain after lifting silverware.

The Archers enter Phase Two in seventh place – which is the highest position they can finish in come the end of the season.  A positive last few weeks, coupled with Saturday’s success should stand them in good stead as they look to continue their good form and ultimately look to finish top of the Playoff Conference.

Invaluable experience for seasons to come

The Students celebrate Roscrow’s game-clinching goal. (Mike James)

There can be no underestimating how important this cup run, and eventual success could prove to be for the Archers.

A talented squad with quality in numerous positions, they will surely be involved in the latter stages of competitions in the coming seasons.

However, as we’ve seen on countless occasions, talent can only take you so far.  The Archers have perhaps relied too much on this in the past

But now they’ve crossed the finishing line and tasted victory in a final, it’s a different matter. The know-how and big-game experience that comes with winning finals should prove to be a bonus for the big games that they will doubtless be competing in in years to come.

 

(Featured image: Mike James)

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