Preview: Bangor City v Cardiff Met

Bangor v MET
Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 11:45

The last game of the WPL 2016/17 season sees the Citizens and the Archers battle for European qualification in the play-off final.

The New Saints, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town have already ordered their Euros ahead of an European adventure, but who will be the fourth WPL club to join them?

The WPL champions, The New Saints will enter the Champions League 1st Qualifying Round on 27-28 June, while Connah’s Quay, Bala Town and the play-off winners will take their place in the Europa League 1st Qualifying Round on 29 June.

All draws will be made at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on 19 June.

WPL play-off winners:
2016: Connah’s Quay
2015: Newtown
2014: Bangor City
2013: Bala Town
2012: Llanelli
2011: Neath

Saturday

Bangor v Cardiff Met | Saturday – 17:15 (LIVE ON S4C)
After two very tight semi finals last weekend, only 90 minutes now separate these two clubs and the exciting prospect of European football and the financial bonus of €215,000.

In a dramatic semi final at Nantporth, Bangor went 2-0 up against Newtown but the Robins drew level before the break.

Gary Roberts was the man of the hour as he struck a sweet free kick over the wall and into the net in the second half to win the game 3-2 for Bangor.

There was also late drama at the Cymru Tyres Stadium where Charlie Corsby headed in a last minute winner to beat Carmarthen (1-2) to send the students into the final.

The Citizens will hope to secure European football for the first time in three years by recreating the success of 2013/14 when they beat Newtown (1-0) in the play-off semi before beating Rhyl (2-0) in the final.

There’s three years since Bangor played their last European tie when they lost 8-0 on aggregate against Icelandic side Stjarnan.

Cardiff Met, like Llandudno last season, are hoping to secure European football in their first year in the top flight.

This will be the fifth meeting between the two sides this season, and Bangor have had the better record over the year, beating Met on three occasions and losing once in what was Andy Legg’s final game in charge.

Bangor City are hoping to add to their long-list of European exploits which include closely fought ties against Napoli and Atletico Madrid back in the 60’s and 80’s.

More recently in 2010/11 Bangor enjoyed a win over two legs against FC Honka from Finland to reach the third qualifying round of the Europa league.

The Citizens have qualified for Europe on 15 occasions, competing in 17 ties and playing a total of 35 games in Europe.

Cardiff Met’s mission is to reach Europe for the first time in their history, and on the year the domestic league turns 25 years old, the Archers could become the 25th team from the Welsh Premier League to compete in Europe.

Latest meetings:
Cardiff Met 2-3 Bangor City (09/04/17)
Bangor City 3-2 Cardiff Met (18/02/17)
Cardiff Met 4-0 Bangor City (19/11/16)
Bangor City 2-1 Cardiff Met (02/10/16)

Bangor City v Cardiff Met – LIVE on S4C this Saturday, 13 May at 17:00.

Join the Sgorio crew at 16:30 on s4c.cymru or on Facebook Live for all the afternoon results and match build-up.