USW netball 1st 48-29 Cardiff Met 4th

USW brushed aside Cardiff Met. Pic: Niall Griffiths

By Flynn Galliford

USW netball 1sts secured a comprehensive victory over local rivals Cardiff Met 4s at the Sport Park. 

USW made a fast start, racking up four unanswered points at the start of the first period with Elin Barwick then making a big impact off the bench, scoring four points in her first five minutes on court.

Met displayed defensive intensity and forced 13 turnovers, but they also made 15 errors during the first quarter which proved costly and saw them trail 13-8 as the quarter came to a close.

The hosts started the 2nd quarter as they ended the first, putting constant pressure on the Met defence and racking up eight goals  before the visitors finally grabbed one back.

Barwick continued her strong performance, finishing the half with 14 of USW’s 29 points.

USW were too good for Met.
Pic: Niall Griffiths

USW goalkeeper Cadie Baldwin started the second half with a fine showing in defence, accumulating numerous steals and getting the hosts on the counter attack quickly.

Met also responded well after the half-time break and showed much more attacking intent, moving the ball efficiently and creating space all over the court.

The fourth quarter was even, with both sides finding it difficult to create and score chances. 

A tiring USW side gave up 19 points after the interval but their first half performance was enough to see them take a decisive win.

Barwickwill reflect on an outstanding performance, finishing the game with 26 points.

The hosts next fixture is on November 22 when they face Swansea in the Western Conference Cup.