Football duo Joe Evans and Cameron Keetch reflect on USW’s BUCS Championship triumph over Hartpury

Joe Evans and Cameron Keetch. Image Callum Ellis

by Adam Evans

CAMBRIAN and Clydach teammates Joe Evans and Cameron Keetch played pivotal roles in helping University of South Wales secure the BUCS Championship trophy.

Their team overcame a strong Hartpury side in Nottingham on Wednesday evening, winning 1-0 in extra time. The result saw USW seal their right to call themselves ‘the best university football team in Britain’. They also won the BUCS Premier South league title, going undefeated all season.


Both players were on the end of a cup final defeat for Cambrian after they were beaten by Cardiff Metropolitan 2-0 in the Nathaniel MG Cup.

But there were no thoughts of losing on Wednesday as defender Evans popped up for USW in the 127th minute to trigger scenes of jubilation at Basford United’s Greenwich Avenue.


“It feels great (to get the winner). The lads worked hard for the whole 120 minutes and we were rewarded for it,” said Evans.

The victory was his final appearance for the university as he finishes his Coaching Performance Degree at the end of this academic year.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving to be honest but to finish on that, there isn’t a better way to finish really.”

Forward Cameron Keetch touched upon the season the squad has had overall.

“It’s been an unbelievable season for us. Training at six o’clock in the morning has been tough but we managed it.

“And look we were are now. We’ve done the double, so we can’t fault it.”