Bala Town v Cardiff Met – WPL Play-off Final

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 07:27

The Lakesiders and the Archers go head to head in the final game of the season on Sunday to see who’ll be representing Wales in Europe this summer alongside The New Saints, Connah’s Quay and Barry Town… (live on S4C this Sunday, 19 May at 5.00)

Following their away wins in the play-off semi finals last weekend, Bala Town and Cardiff Met will be competing for a ticket to the Europa League qualifiers and a cash prize of €220,000.

Sunday, 19 May

Bala Town v Cardiff Met | Sunday – 17:15 (S4C)
Bala’s high work rate and energy led them to a 2-1 away win at Latham Park on Friday night with headers either side of half time from Kieran Smith and Henry Jones enough to see off Newtown.

Bala Town are hoping to qualify for Europe for the fifth consecutive season and for the sixth time in their history.

Despite qualifying five times in the last six seasons, the Lakesiders are yet to win an European tie.

The defeat to Tre Fiori of San Marino last season was particularly disappointing for Colin Caton and he will be eager to make things right this summer.

In five of the eight seasons since forming the WPL 12-team format, and in the last three years, the club that finished highest in the table has gone on to win the play-offs (17/18 Cefn Druids, 16/17 Bangor City, 15/16 Connah’s Quay).

That will not be the case this season as Cardiff Met have already beaten Caernarfon who were the highest seeded team in the play-offs (2-3).

The Cofis went ahead on 20 minutes, but the students battled back and goals from Chris Baker, Adam Roscrow and Kyle McCarthy were enough to seal the victory.

Cardiff Met have reached the play-off final for the third year consecutive year, but lost 1-0 to Bangor in the 2016/17 final, and lost 1-0 again to Cefn Druids in the 2017/18 season.

Will it be third time lucky for Christian Edwards and his students?

Cardiff Met are hoping to become only the second club to win the play-offs after finishing in the Bottom Six of the WPL, and the only other club to achieve that feat was Bala Town in 2012/13.

Last meetings:
Bala Town 0-1 Cardiff Met (w.a.y) (02/03/19) Rownd Wyth Olaf Cwpan Cymru
Cardiff Met 3-0 Bala Town (05/01/19)
Bala Town 3-0 Cardiff Met (03/11/18)

Recent WPL form:
Bala Town: ❌❌✅✅✅
Cardiff Met: ❌✅✅✅✅

Highlights will be on Sgorio on Monday at 5:45 on S4C.