Date: Sat 11 May 2019

Met heading to Playoff Final for third straight season

Archers beat top seeded Caernarfon to set up Bala showdown

Caernarfon Town 2-3 Cardiff Met

Cardiff Met will travel to Bala in next week's European Playoff Final after they beat top seeds Caernarfon Town at the Oval.

In a nervy clash, it was Kyle McCarthy's late goal that saw Met home, although Nathan Craig's penalty in stoppage time did set up a frantic final three minutes.

The home side made the brighter start. Danny Thomas called Will Fuller into action in the opening minute, the keeper using his feet well to block a low strike.

Thomas was in the action again moments later, teeing up Leo Smith on the edge of the box, though the Wrexham loanee's effort was deflected into the path of Fuller.

The pressure eventually tolled though, Thomas peeling clear to the back post to loop a header from Nathan Craig's free-kick over Fuller and into the net.

A lengthy stoppage ensued after the goal, after the perimeter wall behind the net collapsed as the home fans celebrated. Thankfully no one was seriously injured and play resumed.

The break seemed to have helped Met, who found their way into proceedings. Guto Williams and Eliot Evans both fired over from the edge of the box in quick succession, before Adam Roscrow won a corner after his curling effort was deflected behind.

The resulting corner eventually fell to Chris Baker: the midfielder's effort was also deflected, but this time it veered past Alex Ramsay and in.

The second half took a while to get going. Thomas firing an early effort across the face of Fuller's goal before Met's Dylan Rees somehow managed to miss from yards out after reaching Will Evans' cross to the back post.

Five minutes later, Met were in front, Roscrow latching onto a through ball and beating Gareth Edwards for pace before lashing home past Ramsay.

The Cofis responded: Smith saw a header hit the bar, Craig tested Fuller with a free-kick and Gareth Evans fired just over all in the space of a few minutes.

Those missed proved costly as McCarthy struck the winner eight minutes from time, ghosting in behind Edwards after a lovely through ball from Rees and delicately placing the ball across Ramsay into the far corner.

Still Caernarfon pushed, and Craig's late penalty did raise hopes of a comeback, but the Archers held on to set up next week's final at Maes Tegid.

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