Report: University of South Wales Men’s 1sts 3-0 Cardiff University

USW in action against Cardiff. Picture by James Macken

By Robert Jones

USW began their season in superb fashion by winning their home opener against Cardiff with goals from Kieran Lowes, Matt Gower and Aaron Fulton-Brown.

USW are anticipating an impressive 2018-19 BUCS season, with the team looking to build and sustain a challenge for the league.

This latest clash started with a very high tempo from the home side who piled sustained pressure on the Cardiff defence.

With five minutes gone, the deadlock was broken as great build up play led to centre Lowes finishing from the right side of the penalty area.

Cardiff struggled to build any momentum, with USW bossing the tempo and pattern and they were once again scrambling in defence when a Gower low cross caused havoc within the Cardiff defence.

This was a theme of the game, with Calum Noakes being the next USW attacker to have a scoring opportunity.

The USW forwards often proved too much and Noakes, who spun with his back to goal from 20 yards out, saw his attempt whistle just wide of the goal.

USW soon doubled their lead when Gower dribbled past three separate defenders to finish after a period of huge pressure from consecutive penalty corners.

The second half was a much tighter affair, with chances few and far between. But USW were comfortable in possession and with two minutes left they made it 3-0 through Fulton-Brown.

USW were full value for the victory and USW player Jamie Wheeler said: “Overall not a bad performance, It was good to get a morale boost early on.

“We need to improve our fitness, our defence needs to improve more with our midfield, and I thought the first ten to fifteen minutes we played very well.
“After that we lost our composure a bit but regained it in the second half.”