Havant punished for missing opportunities at Cardiff & MetÂ
HAVANT rued missed chances after falling to a 4-0 defeat atÂ Cardiff & Met inÂ National League men's conference west.
The visitorsÂ made a bright start, with a goalscoring opportunityÂ just evading Ethan Hoddle.
Craig Duffy wonÂ Havant's first penalty corner, with FedericoÂ Bertoni's subsequent effort being cleared off the line.
Cardiff then clinched their maidenÂ penalty corner of the game, but visiting keeper Maciej Pacanowski made a smart stop from it.Â Â
However, the hosts broke the deadlock moments later through their next penalty corner. Cardiff mustered a well-worked deflection, which went into the roof of the net.
To their credit, Havant responded well by winning two quick penalty corners, but bothÂ were deflected wide by the hosts.Â
Cardiff then went down toÂ 10 men when one of their players received aÂ green card for breaking down a visitingÂ counter-attackÂ shortly before half-time '“Â yetÂ Havant failed to take advantage.Â
Indy Laly almost gotÂ the Barncroft Way outfitÂ level after the interval but saw his shot saved.Â
The Welsh side made Havant pay andÂ doubled their advantage when they rounded off a counter attack.Â
The visitors triedÂ to reduce the arrears but Cardiff took advantage and two goals in five minutes putÂ the game to bed.Â
Cardiff were the better side overall, but Havant were made to pay forÂ their profligacy in front of goal.Â
Meanwhile, Havant Ladies delivered a plucky performance at Southern League division two leaders Guildford. They made the table-toppers work hard but fell to a 4-2 loss.Â