Swansea beat exam-hit Aberystwyth

Swansea University secured a comfortable victory over a depleted Aberystwyth 2nds side.

They were given a boost before kick off when Aberystwyth revealed they could only field nine players, blaming a busy exam schedule for being two players short.

Ten of the side had exams to prepare for later in the week and could not commit themselves to a game which involved a two-hour coach journey each way.

The two-man advantage made it easy for Swansea, and captain Gavin Belcher believed the extra space was key in their victory.

He said: “Obviously our players had a lot more space on the pitch compared with what they’re used to.

“Recently we’ve been focusing on a more possession-based style of play, especially ahead of the big game up next against Cardiff Medics.

“With the two spare men we had today we attempted to implement that into our game.”

Swansea did not have to wait long for their numerical advantage to come into play.

After a consistent spell of possession Swansea finally broke through the defensive line of Aberystwyth.

Swansea shifted the ball through the centre which allowed the attacking player to turn the ball home for the opening goal.

From then on it looked a nailed on Swansea win, and so it proved.

Swansea scored four more before halftime, with several close range efforts dispatched.

This made Swansea’s lead almost unassailable for the away side.

Swansea took their foot off the pedal in attack in the second half as they concentrated on keeping the ball away from their opponents.

The home side took their time and managed to put three more shots into the net before the end, after defensive lapses left Aberystwyth’s keeper isolated.

The nine men of Aberystwyth scored a consolation goal towards the end of the game with a well worked finish to cap off a battle-worn performance.

Swansea find themselves in 4th place after five matches.

They face a tough match against Cardiff Medics in the Bucs cup, who are two leagues above Swansea.

Swansea University 3rds 8-1 Aberystwyth University 2nds

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