Cardiff Dragons 0 – 2 Yorkshire Terriers

The Dragons returned to League action with a well contested encounter versus visitors the Terriers and were unlucky not to take anything from the game on the day. Due to inclement weather leading up to the game the match had to be switched to an astroturf surface which was a total change of conditions from Dragons previous fixture versus Falcons.

The first half started very brightly for the Dragons with the first ten minutes seeing most of the play in their opponents half however it took a while to adjust to the fast pace of the surface resulted in limited chances early on. The first real opportunity of the game saw the Dragons win a free kick 25 yards out but although the kick needed to be re-taken twice the Dragons could not profit as a firm shot from Mark just wide of the near post was the closest attempt. The Dragons continued to dominate but were caught out midway through the half when a shot from the edge of the area bounced back into the 6 yard area and with the hosts slow to react Yorkshire’s centre forward headed in from close range. This did not deter the home side though and they forced a succession of corners throughout the half. They almost equalised from one of these when Anthony’s inswinging corner was palmed away from the goaline but Alf could not profit from close range as the chance went begging. At the other end a couple of dangerous crosses from the flanks nearly caught the home defence out but no Yorkshire players were able to connect with these as Yorkshire went into the break 1-0 ahead.

The second period saw John A come on as substitute with the Dragons again starting the half brightly having a half chance to equalise early on when Mark was put away down the left following good link up play with Ed but he was unable to keep down his shot from the edge of the area. Chances continued to come for the Dragons with some good link up play Chris C shooting over from a 25 yard free kick and Anthony with a volley over the bar. Both Aris and Kris were introduced with 20 minutes remaining and further corners and half chances ensued but the visitors defence ensured nothing came from these. Yorkshire defended resoloutely throughout and were often dangerous on the break. Following a good tip over by Chris S from a long range effort another break earned Yorkshire a penalty and the second and clinching goal 5 minutes from the end. Although the initial spot kick was parried away well by Chris S the Dragons defence was slow to react allowing a Yorkshire player to bundle the ball over the line for the final goal of the game.

As usual their was a large and enthusiastic support on the day which helped lift the team.

Dragons Squad- Chris Seabrook (GK), Amy Johnson, Murray Harvey, Cedric Germain, David Fry, Stefan Morgan, Sam Ashton, Anthony Read, Lyons, Mark Biggs, Chris Crimmins, Darrin Hughes, Kris Llewellyn, Darrin Hughes, John Ainsley.

Coffee Evening

This will be held at “A Shot in the Dark” which is on City Road.  The last coffee evening was very successful so we agreed to organise another one at the last social sub-committee meeting.  This will be held on Wednesday 24th March and the plan is to meet up at the venue from 7.30pm onwards.


Richie Jones
Welfare and Social Secretary
Email: welfaresocial@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk

Yorkshire 5’s Tournament

First of all I would like to thank all the Dragons that make the long journey up to Leeds allowing us to enter 2 teams in the tournament. I’d also like to thank Jordan and Kris for their support on the day thank you lads it was much appreciated.

It was great to be able to stay over on the Saturday night to relax before Sunday and my thanks go to both Jason and Muzz for their hard work in organising the availability forms, transport and hotel.

This time last year the Leeds Tournament was the Dragons first ever 5 a side tournament. Even though neither team qualified from the groups we did fantastically well and the weekend was a success. It was going to be very interesting to see how much progress we have made in just 1 year.

Even though from a personal point of view I was really looking forward to the tournament yet again I knew I was struggling with a finger injury picked up the previous Sunday at training.

Dragons Blue: Jason (Manager), Amy, Chris S, Dave F, John A, Lucy, Stefan.

Dragon Blues excelled winning 3 games drawing 1 game and losing 3 games finishing on 10 points and a very creditable 4th equal in their group. They scored 5 goals and conceded only 4. Everybody gave 110% Chris S made some brilliant saves Amy was as solid as ever at the back Dave made some telling tackles and scored 2 well taken goals Lucy’s skill and positioning was excellent as always, John A had some really great shots on goal and his work rate was great as always, Stefan’s movement and skill all over the pitch was fantastic and Jason’s experience and positioning was what was needed from the manager.

Dragons Red: Amos (Manager), Muzz ( Club Captain), Ali, Anthony (Club Vice Captain), Chris C, Ed, Hywel, Mark.

Dragons Reds went through the group without conceding a single goal Ali was outstanding in goal for 5 of 7 group games with the old man Amos playing the other 2 games. Anthony scored 5 goals ending up top goal scorer for the Dragons in the tournament and was solid at the back and even took a yellow card for the team. Muzz captained the side as always giving 110% and never missed a tackle. Hywel scored a fantastic goal on the turn and played solid football down the wings. Ed’s running and skill showed well and he scored a goal. Chris C has so much skill and was able to turn and show that off in the games. Mark scored 2 goals his attacking and defending ability was non stop.

Qualifying for the last 8 of 32 teams was a fantastic achievement finishing 2nd in their group with 15 points. Winning 4 games drawing 3 scoring 9 goals and not conceding a single goal. Last 8 played Romans after another brilliant performance Dragons Red went down 1-0 to the Romans.

All that is left for me to say is that there was no Dragon of the tournament as each and every Dragon can be equally proud of what you achieved well done to everyone you are all the Dragon of the tournament.

Goalscorers on the day –

Dragons Red – Anthony 5, Mark 2, Ed 1, Hywel 1

Dragons Blue – Stefan 2, Dave 2, Jason 1

Dragons Red Results

Birmingham 2 Draw 0-0

Leicester 2 Won 3-0

Leftfooters 1 Draw 0-0

Aberdeen Won 3-0

Dublin 1 Won 2-0

Nottingham 2 Draw 0-0

Yorkshire Won 1-0

Romans QF Lost 0-1

Dragons Blue Results

Romans Lost 0-2

Leftfooters 2 Won 3-0

Falcons Draw 0-0

Bristol 1 Won 1-0

Merseyside 1 Lost 0-1

Hotscots 1 Won 1-0

Yorkshire Lost 0-1

Dragons Weekly Bulletin – 3rd March 2010

News

A quiet week this week for the club, so a shorter (but sweeter!) email.

A big thank you to everyone for meeting the deadline for the deposits for the Edinburgh trip. You have all made Dave Keith a very happy man!! Not long to go until the club undertakes its furthest away trip to date and a lot of organisation is going on behind the scenes for this. So another huge thank you to Murray Harvey for all the work put in over this weekend in particular.

There are still a few people who are yet to book their hotels for Edinburgh. Please make sure you do this ASAP. Contact Muzz for further details ( afm11s@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk or 07877 492262 )

A new member has joined the club the week. A big welcome to Chris Fox. As always invite new addition to our little family, your friends, family random people etc. Its great to see the club go from strength to strength with every new addition to our little family.

Football News

Training

Sunday 7th March 2010 – 1pm – Training @ Blackweir Fields

Training will be back this Sunday at Blackweir Fields. Come for training and a kick-about and stay for a drink in the Blackweir Tavern afterwards. Training will run until approximately 3pm, and it will be great to see as many of you as possible there.

Sunday 14th March 2010 – Leeds 5-a-side Tournament

The Deadline has now been reached for Leeds availability. We have two teams entered for the tournament on Sunday March 14th we hope to travel up the day before the tournament and will have more details for you shortly regarding arrangements for the weekend. To let you know a little about the format of the day there are 36 teams taking part in 6 groups of 6 and group games will be of 12 minutes duration.

Sunday 4th April 2010 – GFSN League: Edinburgh Hotscots v Cardiff Dragons FC @ Edinburgh

The availability deadline has passed for Edinburgh. The minibus is now full thanks to Muzz and David for all their hard work in sorting the numbers and deposits for the minibus. We estimate the balance per person to pay will be around £20 and this will be payable to David Keith by 18th April latest. Muzz has been working hard on sorting accommodation arrangements for the weekend.

Other fixture news- Yorkshire re-arrangement

Our postponed League fixture versus Yorkshire Terriers has now been re-arranged for Sunday 28th March so please make a note in your diaries availability forms for this will be sent out soon.

31st July – 7th August 2010 – Gay Games: Cologne

We have had a few offers of places in teams in Cologne, please contact us quickly if you are interesting on joining up with another team. Please contact Murray ( afm11s@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk
) or Ray ( chairperson@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk ) for further details as we can help you get to Cologne.

Social

Another successful night at the Monday Night Kings Cross Quiz. Well done to everyone on making it two wins on the trot. If you would like to come down and join in the fun then please do. We meet at the Kings Cross around 8:15 ish every Monday. Will be great to see more people down there and maybe get another Dragons team to give the guys some competition!!

We are going to be having a coffee night at A Shot In The Dark, on City Road, on 24th March. It is a nice relaxed social event. Details to come nearer the time.

Please get in touch with Richie Jones( welfaresocial@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk ) for more information or to put forward your ideas and suggestions for future socials.

Fundraising

Mothers Day is on 14th March, if you are looking for the perfect gift online don’t forget to buy through http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cdfc .You can register free, select Cardiff Dragons Football Club as the organisation you wish to support and shop at all your favourite online shops. A donation is made to the club from the shop with every purchase you make at no extra cost to yourself.

Featured shop of the week is:

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Don’t forget John Bladen is now in charge of fundraising so any ideas or suggestions for fundraising then please feel free to email him ( financefundraising@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk )

In Other News

Welsh Word of the Week

Each week we will be giving you a new football related Welsh Word. Let’s see how many of us non-welsh speakers can use this in training

This weeks word is: Pêl droed   =   Football

Captains Log

“This week i didn’t clean up dog poo, wandered around student houses and took 3 days to shave”

Muzz’s Captains Log will be uploaded weekly onto the new website www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk. Check it out there.

Video of the week:

The fantasy football, well done Jason Cousins on being the top points scorer this week with 58 points taking him up to 8th place. Ed is still miles ahead in first place but the battle for second is getting tight with only 41 points separating 2nd from 5th.

Have an awesome week!!

Прыходзьце на дракона!!!


Anthony Read
Press & Marketing
Email:   pressmarketing@cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk