University Football Team Are Two Games Away From Europa League Football

Leicester City's fairytale Premier League triumph in 2015/16 might just be in danger of being ousted as the greatest achievement in sporting history.

That's because over in Wales, Cardiff Met FC are just two games away from a place in next season's Europa League first qualifying round.

The South Wales outfit, with their squad largely made up of students pursuing PHD and Masters degrees in various subjects such as sport psychology, sport coaching, performance analysis and more, narrowly missed out on a Europa League spot in 2017.

On that occasion they finished in sixth place in the Welsh Premier League but made the most of the play-off system before losing 1-0 to Bangor City.

This time around,they've finished a place below in seventh, but qualified for the play-offs for the second year on the trot because of the Welsh Premier League format - which two phases in, meaning the division splits into 'Group A' and 'Group B' at the start of February.

The top six teams form the Championship Conference, and the bottom six teams forming the Playoff Conference.

The outcome of the JD Welsh Cup helped their cause as because league winners New Saints emerged victorious, third-placed Barry Town were given an automatic Europa League play-off.

Cardiff Met therefore advanced to the European Playoffs and have a semi-final against fourth-placed Caernarfon Town on 11 May.

Win that and they will take on the winner of the other semi between Newtown and Bala Town away from home, with a European adventure up for grabs.

It's still a pretty big ask but we're fully behind manager Christian Edwards and his army of students. Just imagine if they do the unthinkable and end up mixing it up with some of Europe's big boys?!

Josh Lawless

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