Cardiff proved to be a tough opponent from the first minute. Within the first four minutes they were one up after pressing on Eagles goal. This was the first goal Eagles had conceded in the tournament.
With their goal advantage they were spreading the ball well and soon came up with a second.
There was little Eagles could do as Cardiff pounced on them with wave after wave of attacks. With less than 15 minutes gone Eagles were trailing 3-0, and facing an uphill struggle.
With 20 minutes gone Cardiff’s running seemed to momentarily fizzle out; Eagles taking the opportunity to run at them.
Cardiff went on to see a penalty saved by Eagles keeper. Their tiredness exposed as the whole team went for water.
Eagles were still under constant threat from Cardiff’s offensive play, nevertheless pressing hard they had their own chances of scoring in the first half, an angled shot just missing the far post as it passed just inches from the goal line.
Eagles were playing against the tide, the midday sun not working in their favor as expected as the sun was clouded over giving a cool breeze over the field.
Cardiff were tiring and Eagles had their chances making Cardiff chase more. As the afternoon heat intensified, so did Cardiff’s pressure on Eagles defence. The latter defending in what seemed as a mist over their D as the water based pitch saw its water evaporating.
Eagles were playing well holding fast and trying to take the game back to Cardiff. The pressure on their backs was intense though and eventually with 13 minutes to go they conceded their fourth.
Eagles didn’t let up looking for that consolation goal. Playing for the small crowd supporting them and without lowering their shoulders Eagles gave it all with players even diving for the ball. An open field did not aid them leaving themselves open for a Cardiff fifth.
Cardiff University only on their third game, against Eagles fourth, had proven too tough an opposition for them on the day. The crowd nevertheless treated them like champions “for us you are the champs” came a call from the stands.