European qualification and €220,000 at stake…
Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met | Sunday – 12:25 (S4C)
The winners of this match will qualify for the 2018/19 Europa League preliminary round.
The New Saints, Connah’s Quay and Bala Town have already qualified for Europe.
Cefn Druids received a bye into the play-off final after finishing 5th in the Welsh Premier League, but Cardiff Met had to see off Barry Town in last weekend’s semi final (4-1) to take one step closer to Europe.
Cardiff Met have never played in Europe, but Dr. Christian Edwards will be determined to change that this summer, after coming so close last season.
The students reached the play-off final last season after beating Carmarthen (1-2) in the semi final, but lost 1-0 to Bangor through a Dean Rittenberg strike in the final.
Cefn Druids played their first and only round in Europe back in 2012 after qualifying through the Welsh Cup runners-up route (a rule which has since been changed).
The Druids faced MYPA from Finland, and following a goalless first leg, the Ancients fell to a disappointing 5-0 defeat in the second leg.
Huw Griffiths’ Druids have won three of their last four games, including a 3-1 win at home to Cardiff Met.
But that loss spurred on the students who have now won three consecutive games, scoring 11 goals in the process (4-3 vs Bala, 3-3 vs TNS, 4-1 vs Barry).
Cardiff Met’s season began with a 0-3 away win at the Rock – will they repeat that feat on Sunday or will it be Cefn Druids’ day in the final fixture of the 2017/18 Welsh Premier League campaign.
On this day in 2006, former Welsh international Clayton Blackmore was appointed manager of Bangor City.