TEMPERS threatened to boil over in the men’s squash competition when Cardiff’s second seed Adam Doran angrily confronted Swansea’s Dan MacEwen during the fourth match of five.
MacEwen led two games to one when the incident occurred, which appeared to throw him off his game for the remainder of the fourth.
Doran went on to seal victory, three games to two.
Men’s captain Russ Moralee played down the whole affair following the varsity event.
“There wasn’t much in it to be honest,” said Moralee. “When you’ve been on court for so long already and with the pressure of the crowd on your back; things like that can happen.
“It’s nothing to worry about; tempers just got a little bit flared.”
With their promotion in BUCS on the line, this year’s varsity match was set to be more important than ever for both sides.
In the opening game of the day, Swansea’s Jon Griffiths took on Jason Matthews.
The occasion threatened to get the best of the hard-hitting right hander who lost the opening game 11-1.
Griffiths returned for the second more composed and narrowly lost the second 11-9.
Matthews secured the first match point for Cardiff in the third game.
Next on court was Swansea captain Moralee, who faced Rees Herrod.
After being narrowly defeated in the opening game, Moralee turned it on the second to lead 10-8.
But despite some dramatic rallies went on to lose the game 13-11.
Herrod also won the third.
Club captain Brad Pletts was next on, facing Cardiff’s Charles Mamet.
Pletts fought bravely but could do nothing to stop the Cardiff onslaught, with Mamet securing a straight games victory.
The final match of the day saw Swansea veteran Phil Regan take on Elliot Brookes-Parry.
Cardiff’s number one seed took the opening game before the Swansea crowd inspired a comeback.
Regan came back to win the next three games (13-11, 11-8, 11-7) to secure a consolation point for Swansea.
Defeat meant Swansea would remain in the third tier of the BUCS competition for next season.
Moralee added: “I’m absolutely gutted that we lost. The score-line certainly doesn’t reflect the way our guys performed today.”
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