Oval wall collapses as Canaries miss out on Europe

Sgorio: Rondo Media / S4C

Caernarfon Town have missed out on Europa League qualification – after a WPL play-off defeat which saw a perimeter wall collapse at the Oval.

A crowd of almost 1300 packed the ground on Saturday night (11th May) as the Canaries lost 3-2 to Cardiff Met, who’ll face Bala in next Sunday’s final at Maes Tegid.

But as Caernarfon took the lead through Darren Thomas after 18 minutes, a surrounding wall behind the goal at the Marcus Street end collapsed as fans celebrated.

WATCH: Footage: Sgorio – Rondo Media for S4C

The game was held up for around eight minutes before being allowed to resume following talks with league secretary Gwyn Derfel and referee Lee Evans. The area was cleared and cordoned off following the incident.

It’s believed no one was seriously hurt – but Caernarfon Town chairman Marc Roberts told S4C’s Sgorio that a young fan suffered an arm injury after falling to the ground.

It’s the second time such an incident has occurred at The Oval. During a Welsh Cup tie in December 2014, the perimeter wall at the Hendre End gave way as fans celebrated a Darren Thomas goal against The New Saints. Ironically, Caernarfon went onto lose the game 3-2.

WATCH: Footage: Sgorio – Rondo Media for S4C

Both the FAW and Caernarfon Town have yet to comment officially on what happened.

On the pitch, Caernarfon’s early lead fell away as Chris Baker equalised from a well worked corner on 36 minutes. Adam Roscrow drilled home for the Archers midway through the second half and Kyle McCarthy all but killed off the Canaries’ European dream eight minutes from time.

Caernarfon had the last word with a Nathan Craig penalty in added time, but Cardiff Met go forward to meet Bala at Maes Tegid on Sunday 18th May. It’s the third season in a row that the university club have reached the play-off final, but they have yet to qualify for Europe.

The Canaries finished their first season back in the Welsh top flight in fourth place – although they’ve lost all of their last three games under new manager Allan Bickerstaff. His predecessor, Sean Eardley, remains at the club as assistant boss.

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