Report: University of South Wales Men’s 4th 1-2 Cardiff University Men’s 4th

By Robbie Armstrong

CALLUM McGarry’s first game in charge of University of South Wales 4th ended with a narrow defeat against Cardiff University 4th.

McGarry, who previously coached the USW 5th side, was in command of his new charges for the first time yesterday.

With new players on board at the start of the campaign there was a clear element of unfamiliarity amongst the USW side in the first half as passes went astray and chances were at a premium.

USW played a noticeable high line throughout the game and Cardiff’s pace in wide areas and balls over the top were a real danger point for the hosts.

The first goal came from the visitors, a lofted pass as Jacob Ogidi latched onto the ball and his shot deflected into the near corner, putting the away side a goal up just after the half hour mark.

Cardiff continued to exploit the high defensive line and should have doubled their lead soon after.

They were punished for sloppy finishing as Redd Pratley beat the Cardiff ‘keeper to the ball and was brought down to earn a penalty. Pratley himself took on the responsibility and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

After the break McGarry’s men gained control of the game, the passing was more fluent and gaps began to appear.

Despite being on top, a Pratley free kick was the closest USW came to taking the lead.

An in-swinging corner from Ogidi found Shane McCulough at the back post and he climbed highest to head the ball down and into the back of the net with a little over 10 minutes left to seal the win for Cardiff.