January 21, 2019 at 2:30 PM
In a gripping final, Cardiff Met beat out Cambrian & Clydach Vale Boys and Girls Club to win the Nathaniel MG Cup. The Welsh Premier side asserted their dominance in the first half, finishing the 45 minutes 1-0 up. And although their opponents, the Welsh League Division One side Cambrian & Clydach, put up a strong fight in the second half, coming close to an equaliser at 55 minutes, a late goal for Cardiff sealed their fate.
The game was tight, and the win was a clear relief for Cardiff Met, after having lost the previous year against The New Saints. Both goals were scored by Adam Roscrow, and after the game the Cardiff Met director of football Christian Edwards remarked that he thought the team were a little nervous, but overall he said “I’m really pleased for the boys and I’m really pleased for my coaching staff as well because they’ve put a lot of work in.”
Going forward, the format of the Nathaniel MG Cup is to experience a bit of a shake-up. All 44 teams from the top two tiers will be taking part, as well as two wildcard entries. Round 1 will consist of 28 clubs – all those without floodlights, the two wildcard entries, and the lowest ranked Tier 2 teams. The remaining sides will join Round 2, which will be seeded to ensure Premier League sides are not drawn against each other.
Plus, in an exciting new development, the winners of the Cup will be awarded a place in the IRN-BRU Cup (otherwise known as the Scottish Challenge Cup), giving Welsh teams a further chance to prove their skills. Consideration is also being given to rule changes, such as the removal of extra time, however such a change must be passed by the Welsh Premier League AGM, which will occur in early June.
The Cup has been sponsored by Nathaniel Cars for the past three years. This has proved to be a wonderful partnership, with a great impact on the community. As such, we could not be happier to be continuing to sponsor the Cup for many more years to come.