Swansea deal early Varsity blow with confident win against Cardiff

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Swansea extend their lead at the top of league 1A following a convincing win against Cardiff.

Coach Nick Bowen was thrilled with the team’s performance.

“We’re very close to winning the league now,” he said. “With three games to go now we’re two points clear with a game in hand over second place.

We’ve won every game in the league bar one, which we drew” Bowen was also delighted with the way Swansea’s standards had remained of the highest quality despite their troubles with injuries.

“Playing style-wise, we’re far more comfortable in the way we’re playing now. We had a relatively big squad at the start of the season but we’ve got lots of injuries – today we’ve had a couple of people drop out in the warm up through injury or illness, and we lost our top goal scorer to injury, so it’s really encouraging that we’re still managing to pick up wins and still playing at the top of our game despite this.”

Swansea went in to the game top of the league with five wins and a draw from their six previous fixtures, and was confident they could complete the double over Cardiff following their 1-0 away win in November.

Throughout the first half Swansea dominated possession and had the best of the chances, with Josh Clayton firing narrowly wide after no more than two minutes. Cardiff’s first chance of the game was headed wide from six yards when it looked easier to score.

With ten minutes to go until half time, Swansea were foiled by the Cardiff keeper, but the resulting corner was only half cleared, and a cross was swung to the back post where James Pickup volleyed the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Five minutes later Swansea doubled their lead when Aaron Keefe drilled the ball into the bottom corner following a scramble in the Cardiff penalty area.

Midway through the second half Swansea went 3-0 up with the best goal of the match.

Clayton split the Cardiff defence with a perfectly-weighted through ball which Steve Davey converted by lobbing the goalkeeper from the corner of the area.

Late in the match Cardiff netted a consolation goal after Swansea failed to deal with a high ball into the area.

However, Swansea were able to survive a late Cardiff flurry and held on for victory.

Swansea University 1sts 3-1 Cardiff University 1sts

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