DORSET STUDENT PUTS UNI TEAM ON VERGE OF THE EUROPA LEAGUE

A Dorset based University student is just 90 minutes away from playing in the Europa League next season – after he scored the winning goal that put them in a playoff final. 

25 year-old Dr Charlie Corsby, who is from Bransgore and went to Ringwood School, and his Cardiff Met University team-mates will play Bangor City FC tomorrow in the Welsh Premier League playoff final. 

A win for Cardiff would make history as they would become the first University side in history to play in Europe. 

The players pay £150 to play for Cardiff Met, the money going towards the costs of running the side.

Dr Charlie Corsby in action (third from left) - Photo by: Cardiff Met FC / Flickr

The team, managed by former Sheffield United player Wayne Allison, usually play in front of about 200 people but a win tomorrow would see them go in the hat with the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen, with the possibility of facing the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal or Everton at home.

Corsby joined the university and studied for a PHD in Sports Coaching seven years ago. Having played for local clubs in the Wessex area, he then went to trials for Cardiff Met.

Having plied his trade in the smaller Cardiff sides, the midfielder was selected for the first team as they slowly made their way through from the Welsh Division 3 up into the Premier League, where they finished in sixth place for 2016/17. 

Bangor City, who they play in the playoff final, finished fourth whilst Carmarthen Town, beaten semi-finalists, were fifth. 

Corsby was responsible for guaranteeing a spot in the final after he scored with a 93rd minute diving header, sending Cardiff Met through 2-1. 

Liam Griffiths had put Carmarthen in front shortly after half time but Cardiff drew level near the hour mark, as Adam Roscrow lifted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. 

Corsby then met a free kick deep in stoppage time, heading Cardiff Met into the playoff final. To view highlights, please visit online broadcasters Sgorio by clicking here.

12th May 2017 - Alex Barnes