SWANSEA University Men’s Football Club twice came from behind but a second-half winner from Nick Feely meant Cardiff came away with the win.
Swansea coach Nick Bowen admitted he was frustrated by his side’s sluggish start to the match.
“We were taking longer to get into the game than we should have today,” he said.
“Despite our slow first half performance, I thought we completely dominated the second half.
“I know the boys will learn from this experience and we will look to bounce back from the result next season.”
Cardiff’s tactic of playing a high-line forced an early mistake from the Swansea defence.
The mistake allowed Sam Trueman to find space and slot the ball into an empty net.
The goal seemed to galvanise the Swansea side and after they had half-hearted penalty appeals turned down, Matthew Barnard poked home to level the score.
The celebrations were cut short when Cardiff’s Nick Feely found himself in free inside the box to give Cardiff the lead once again via the crossbar.
Swansea started the second half well, earning themselves a penalty.
Jack McKenna coolly dispatched the penalty to equalise.
Swansea continued to pile the pressure onto the side from the capital but could not find a way through.
Unfortunately for Swansea, an incisive breakaway for Cardiff allowed Feely to score his second of the game in what was Cardiff’s only real attack of the second half.
Swansea again responded well and continued to mount pressure on the Cardiff goal.
But time was not on their side as the referee blew for full time and gave Cardiff their second varsity win in two years.
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 2-3 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY