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Welsh university football team ONE WIN AWAY from a place in the Europa League

Cardiff Met's squad of students face Bangor City in a play-off for a place in the European competition on Saturday afternoon

A Welsh university football team is just one win away from a place in next season’s Europa League.

Cardiff Met’s students face Bangor City in a play-off for a place in the competition on Saturday.

Cardiff Met are just one win away from reaching the Europa League

Cardiff Met FC
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Cardiff Met are just one win away from reaching the Europa League

Met director of football Christian Edwards says he is still in dreamland over their sensational run.

On his team, Edwards said: “For any team in the Welsh Premier League, to get to Europe is massive and it would be exactly the same for us.

“I think it is about the journey that we have been on.”

Cardiff Met take on Bangor City in the play-off match in Wales

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Cardiff Met take on Bangor City in the play-off match in Wales

The former Wales and Nottingham Forest defender added: “We have a big philosophy at our club that we’re always arriving somewhere, we’ve never arrived.

“It would be another destination for us if we were lucky to get there.

“It’s testament to all the hard work of the players, all off the coaching staff and myself have put in over recent years.

“Every single player is a student bar one, who this year has just graduated as a student and has become Dr Charlie Corsby and is now a member of staff at the University.”

On the club’s past, Edwards says he still can’t believe the team’s progress in the past few years.

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He said: "I have to pinch myself that five years ago we were playing in Welsh League Division Three.

"But we've worked hard and the players, more than anybody, deserve the success they get on the pitch because of the amount of effort they've put in order to make the team as good as they are.

"We'd spoken at the start of the season that we shouldn't just go up and to hang on staying in the league and we should set ourselves goals and high targets.

"We did have belief we could reach the top six because we have real strong belief in ourselves but it was a concern after the initial start.

"We stuck to the task and the boys worked very hard.

"We had a really good purple patch around October-November and it really did pull us through and gave the lads a lot of confidence."