What we learned from USW Men’s 1st 4-0 victory over Cardiff Met University

USW 4-0 Cardiff Met Image by Steffan Clifton

by Callum Ellis

USW’s patience rewarded

USW got their first win in seven attempts against Met. Steve Savage’s side last beat them 2-0 at home in October 2016. Despite enjoying the majority of possession, the wet weather made free-flowing football difficult for USW in the early stages of the game. They had to remain patient but when they finally found their rhythm, they got into the goalscoring mood in style.

Danny Williams was a constant thorn in Met’s defence and put his side ahead on the stroke of half-time with a composed finish. The goal sent the hosts into the interval with the lead and the floodgates opened in the second half.

Williams grabbed his second of the afternoon on the hour-mark with a curling effort, before Louis Gerrard and Liam Edwards also got their names on the scoresheet.

USW 4 – 0 Cardiff Met
Image by Steffan Clifton

Captain Kane leads by example

USW captain Kane Owen controlled the game in the centre of the park and his long-range passes caused problems all afternoon for the visitors.

The midfielder protected his defence well and played a crucial role in USW keeping their second clean sheet of the campaign.

Owen was unlucky to get on the scoresheet on a dominant display from USW, but his set-pieces provided his team-mates with several opportunities.

A corner from the training ground from Owen fell to the path of Gerrard, who slotted home USW’s third of the afternoon.

USW 4 – 0 Met. Image by Steffan Clifton

Day to forget for Met’s defence

Cardiff Met’s defence proved to be difficult to unlock in the first half, before Williams found the key to fire USW ahead just before the break.

After Williams grabbed his second of the afternoon, the visitors’ heads began to drop and USW looked to rub salt in their wounds.

Manager Christian Edwards will have been disappointed with the manner his side conceded the goals, especially Gerrard’s second half strike.

The away side failed to get close to their men from Owen’s corner, allowing Gerrard to time to pick his spot and find the back of the net.

It was a miserable day for the visitors who were blown away by a dominant USW performance.