Intramural select eleven triumph over Cardiff

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A late strike from Swansea University’s Dy Noonan secured the win in the Intramural Varsity match leaving Cardiff to rue missed chances.

Swansea were holding on in the final minutes having let a 3-1 lead slip as Cardiff took the score back to 3-3 before Noonan’s tremendous strike.

Head of Intramural and duly appointed coach for the Swansea select 11, Laurence Hodgkins, said: “We went out there to win the game and after going 3-1 up we were well on our way to doing so.

“Eventually we got the win and I think it was fully deserved.”

The game got off to an exciting start as both teams had chances to take the lead. Cardiff squandered their chances while Swansea looked more composed in their attack.

Lewys Thomas picked up the ball and bore down on goal before unleashing a screamer which left goalkeeper Rhys Batcup with no chance.

Cardiff rallied however and equalised when some fine wing play set up Nick Smallman to slide in.

Smallman was put through on goal moments later, but Swansea keeper Luis Escott managed to tip his effort onto the post.

Swansea were soon back in front as Nick Hammett picked up on a loose back pass and rounded the hesitant Cardiff goalkeeper before slotting in.

Cardiff had a chance to equalise again as the first half drew to a close but spurned a header.

It became 3-1 Swansea in the next attack as Adam Bruton hammered a left footed drive into the top corner of the Cardiff net.

By this stage it looked as if Cardiff were dead and buried and that the Intramural trophy was heading back to Wales’ second city.

Whatever was said in the Cardiff camp at half-time seemed to pay off.

Shortlyinto the second half they pulled a goal back again through Smallman who cleverly drilled into the corner of the net beyond Escott’s dive.

Smallman soon grabbed his hat-trick and levelled the tie for Cardiff as his close range strike proved too difficult for the Swansea defence to deal with.

Swansea went back on the attack in order to regain their lead but right-back Rhys Jones shot over.

The green and whites did manage to grab the winner Noonan cut in and unleashed a low drive which evaded the outstretched Cardiff goalkeeper.

And despite a crowd disturbance which held up the match for five minutes, Swansea hung on for the win.

Hodgkins felt the result was indicative of the quality in Swansea University’s Intramural League.

He added: “Some of the goals were of great quality, which just shows the talent our Intramural league holds.”

Swansea select XI: Luis Escott, Rhys Palmer, Ollie Owen, Ian Davies, James Nellany, Dave Morgan, Rhys Jones, Sam Powell, Adam Bruton, Dy Noonan), Jack Birch, Lewys Thomas, Jassim Al Jaber, Lewis Clare, Nick Hammett, Charlie Bridgewater.

Swansea University XI 4-3 Cardiff University XI

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