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Pair plan an early exit from exam

Jo Borley and Nick Young
Jo Borley and Nick Young find exams and FA Cup final may not add up

Two Cardiff University students say they plan to leave an exam half an hour early they can be at Wembley in time for the Bluebirds' FA Cup final.

Nick Young and Jo Borley, both 20, sit a three-hour finance paper on the morning Cardiff City meet Portsmouth.

The university turned down a request to let the pair, who are both season ticket holders, begin an hour earlier.

Mr Young said: "It's a risk, obviously, but we can't miss the game, so we're going to have to leave early."

Cardiff University has previously said the sheer number of students who take exams mean there would always be some supporters of the teams involved who would miss the FA Cup final.

The exam date was fixed weeks ago, when no-one knew the Bluebirds would still be challenging for football's top silverware.

Cardiff City face Portsmouth in their first final for 81 years and the devout Bluebirds fans are determined to be there.

We're looking at leaving at 11.30 and just driving down there and hoping for the best
Nick Young

Mr Young is reading economics and Ms Borley, also 20, who is the daughter of club director Steve Borley and works in the club's ticket office on match days, is studying business management.

They have the same Managerial Accounting and Finance exam as a module on their courses. It is due to start at 0900 BST and finish at midday.

They fear it would make it almost impossible for them to reach Wembley in time for the 1500 BST kick off, which is why they plan take advantage of rules allowing them to leave half an hour before the end time, said Mr Young.

He said: "We been practising with some past papers, so we can get some revision in.

"We're looking at leaving at 11.30 and just driving down there and hoping for the best. It's probably a two-and-a-half hour journey with no traffic."

The pair have a parking spaced booked at Wembley but Mr Young accepted there was no guarantee the two of them would both have finished their exam by 11.30am that day.

He added: "If we leave at 12 we'd probably miss the first half hour [of the cup final] but it would be better than watching it on TV."

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