Swans beat Cardiff on the road

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Pete Ockwell sets his sights on winning the league following their win against rivals Cardiff.

 Swansea made it two wins out of two in the league after a solitary goal from James Pickup to secure victory over fierce rivals Cardiff.

Captain Ockwell stated after the match his satisfaction with both the performance and the result of the side.

He said: “The commitment and spirit of the side was key to the win.”

Despite a poor playing surface, Swansea applied pressure from the kick-off and inside the first ten minutes a high ball into the penalty area caused a scramble from Cardiff.

Cardiff’s goalkeeper failed to deal with the ball under pressure from Swansea’s attack, with Pickup to turn the ball into the roof of the net.

Swansea then went on to dominate the first half, with Swansea’s team coach Nick Bowen stating his side should have been “about four goals up” at the break, and would have been but for some great goalkeeping from Cardiff.

In the second half, Cardiff’s display improved with them retaining the possession more often, however a superbly organised defensive display ensured that Swansea saw the game out in relative comfort.

Ockwell added: “I thought the lads’ battling today was absolutely fantastic.

“The season’s going really well for us so far, to have two wins out of two at this stage is obviously really positive.

“Our ultimate aim for this season is to go on and win the league.”

Swansea can take many positives from this match.

The discipline in defence, the ball retention and distribution in midfield was at times top quality, and match winner Pickup led the line superbly.
Both sides had been looking forward to this match as the rivalry intensifies towards the Varsity contest.

After this result, Swansea hold the bragging rights between the pair.

However, any suggestion that this result would give any real indication of what was to be expected in the annual Varsity match between the two
sides at the end of the year was quickly quashed.

Ockwell added: “Varsity’s a completely different game.

“We’ll be playing Cardiff in front of around 2000 people, and the pressure to perform in that kind of atmosphere is completely different to what we
faced today.”

Cardiff University 1sts 0-1 Swansea University 1sts

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