SWANSEA Men’s Hockey 1sts showed why they were in the division above their BUCS Cup opponents Cardiff 3rds with a decisive 8-1 victory.
In truth it could have been an even more emphatic score line – a view echoed by captain Rory Thorburn who said: “we were a bit unlucky not to score more”.
The home side were dominant from the push-back, racing into a commanding 3-0 lead within the first 8 minutes through a goal in open play from Andy Willemite.
Swansea then went on to score two goals from penalty corners; one scored by Michael Llenn and the second a second goal for Willemite.
And in the 19th minute Jonny Cardy went on a solo run before finishing from a tight angle to take Swansea into the interval 4-0 up.
The second half started in the same vein with Swansea, despite being down to ten men through the sin binning of Ben Datton, continuing to dominate.
Willemite completed his hat-trick before Thorburn added another with a goal from a penalty corner.
Swansea added further to their tally later on in the half with goals from Toby Webster and Jakob Plant.
Cardiff managed to claw a goal back with a late penalty corner – something which disappointed Thorburn who was “gutted to have lost the clean sheet.”
Despite this, the 8-1 score line was reflective of a dominance enjoyed by Swansea throughout the match and indeed they could have scored more, particularly from penalty corners where they came close on a number of occasions with Thorburn feeling they were “unlucky with a few of them.”
Nevertheless, the side progressed comfortably into the next round of the BUCS Cup and Thorburn is hoping to go all the way.
“It’s a tough competition,” he admitted.
“But if we play like we did today then we can certainly feel like we’ve got a chance.”