Welsh Premier League play-off final: Cefn Druids 1-0 Cardiff Met

Cefn Druids celebrate
Cefn Druids can now look forward to just their second appearance in Europe

Cefn Druids secured the Welsh Premier League's final Europa League spot with victory over Cardiff Met.

James Davies' first-half goal proved to be enough to see Druids qualify for Europe for the second time in their history.

Huw Griffiths' side will join Welsh Cup winners Connah's Quay and Bala Town in next season's Europa League qualifiers.

For Cardiff Met it was the second successive season they had lost in the play-off final.

Druids had finished the regular season in fifth spot, one point and one place above sixth placed Cardiff Met.

Davies scored from close range to give Druids the lead on 16 minutes after Met keeper Will Fuller had saved his initial shot.

The striker was denied a second by Fuller, while Eliot Evans and Rhydian Morgan went close for the visitors during an entertaining first half.

Met's Charlie Corsby scuffed a shot wide as his side looked for an equaliser, but the Druids defence stood firm as they secured European football for the first time since 2012.

Druids manager Huw Griffiths told BBC Sport Wales: "It was just another game but it was a little bit more special at the end.

"You can see... what it means to such a small club of what we've got, so I'm just so delighted, it's brilliant.

"It wasn't about being pretty and entertaining people in the second half, it was about getting the result and that's how to... defend a 1-0 lead and win it.

"I've got nothing but good things to say about Christian and his team. They'll learn from that. But on the day it was meant to be our day."

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