Match Report: Cardiff Met University v Bristol University B
Final Score: 2-2
MoM: Oli Rowlands
DoD: Hector Zakaria
Only one week on we returned to Cardiff, and not a week too soon.
Following a comfortable win last time out, we thought it would be fair to give them more of a chance, so fielded a sightly different team. Despite an odd start with a warm up in a corridor to keep that freezing Welsh weather away, we went out hard.
An early goal in the first half by Ben Hughes set us on our path, but with only 15 minutes gone the game was stopped. One umpire, it seemed, had had enough abuse from the rowdy home fans and promptly left the pitch. After a five minute pause with both teams greatly confused, another umpire was found from within the crowd. The game restarted and chances went begging at both ends of the pitch with half time whistle finally bringing what had a been a bizarre half to a close.
A further delay at half time, as we waited for the fourth of our umpires to turn up, before beginning again.
Some great saves from Quentin Wedmore kept us in the game and Bristol's fluid play was sure to leave any witnesses in awe. However, a controversial decision from the umpire lead to a P-flick being given, and Cardiff's equalising goal. We suddenly found ourselves under the kosh and caught on the counter. Another P-flick was given after the ball struck Hector Zakaria's foot on the line. Cardiff went 2-1 up, some say completely against the run of the play.
With less than 10 minutes left, squeaky bum time was declared and Captain Sam Woods gave the call for the 3s to implement a classic FIFA tactic: All Out Attack.
A quick push back to Ed Lucas. Sling out to Luke Moorcroft on the left. A slap up the line to Sam Woods how received it with finesse, beat his man and angles a pass through to Josh Reynolds in the D. Josh rolls strong and clip hits it off his back foot, a textbook Tom Minall training move. Time slows down....the ball seemingly moving through honey as everyone holds their breath, willing the ball through the air. Is this the moment?
Josh's recent sparkling form continued, and the ball flew into the bottom corner with pinpoint precision!!
The crowd is silenced.
Bristol go wild.
Bristol pushed forward late on, looking for that win. Eventually the umpire gave out a card and Cardiff went down a player. Bristol were back in control, even for a brief moment and with heightened spirits. However, time simply was not on Bristol's side, and sadly both teams had to settle for a draw in what has gone down as one of the most entertaining matches of the modern university hockey era. A timeless classic that had everything.