The Dragons travelled to Birmingham on a very hot day for their final League fixture against Blaze. The Dragons battled hard in the heat but were well beaten on the day finding it hard going with a reduced squad and some first team regulars missing.
The opening 15 minutes did not provide much in the way of chances as both teams found it hard to settle on a dry and thus bouncy pitch. The breakthrough however came for the home team just after the quarter hour mark when they were awarded a penalty awarded for a push. This gave the Blaze extra confidence and they created further chances one of which resulted in their second goal finished well with a neat chip over the onrushing keeper. The Dragons did their best to reduce the arrears having a lot of play in the Blaze half and forcing a few corners but they struggled to fashion any clear chances. The nearest they came was when one of these corners was swung in with pace by Anthony but just evaded the onrushing players at the back post. With no further goals Blaze went into half time 2-0 ahead.
The second half began poorly for the visitors and any chance of a route back into the game was soon dashed with two blaze goals in the opening 10 minutes. The first came when the hosts broke quickly on the counter attack and their forward turned his marker and finished low into the corner. The second goal was an opportunist effort scored when the Dragons failed to clear from inside their area. The Dragons however were still having a lot of territory in their opponents half and the last half hour was their best part of the game. Kris L had two good chances following excellent through balls but the first was well blocked and the second went wide of the far post. The visitors also won a free kick on the edge of the box but Chris C’s effort was blocked by the wall. Blaze were still making chances of their own as the game became very open as players tired in the heat and added further goals with first a good weaving run and then a deflected shot. The Dragons then scored a deserved consolation when Muzz shot home from the edge of the area following two blocked efforts from Luke and Anthony to complete the scoring as Blaze ended victorious by 6-1. Thanks to Jeremy of the Willdcats and Richie for helping out and supporting on the day.
Dragons squad on the day-
John Ainsley, Samuel Ashton, Mark Biggs, Lewi Callow, Jason Cousins, Chris Crimmins, Aris DeSilva, Murray Harvey (captain), Darrin Hughes, Kris Llewellyn, Lucas Owen, Anthony Read (vice-captain), Paul Searle.
A shorter email this week, as the football season is drawing to a close.
A good week all round for Cardiff. First Cardiff City make the play off final in a very tense penalty shoot out victory over Leicester, and then more importantly Cardiff Dragons win 8-4 against local rivals Bristol Panthers!! An excellent day was had on Sunday and saw the Dragons produce their highest goal tally to date. Well done to everyone on the day. (see football news for more).
This weekend will see the Dragons heading up to Birmingham for the last GFSN league fixture of the season. Good luck to all those travelling up, let’s have a big push to end the season in style!!
Sunday 16th May – Friendly – Bristol Panthers 4-8 Cardiff Dragons in Bristol
The Dragons visited Bristol for a 11’s match for the first time and ran out victorious in the return fixture between the clubs following on from the game in Cardiff earlier in the year.
…..The opening goal however did arrive soon after following another Dragons attack when Stefan finished low into the corner on 15 minutes after being set up by Kris L. The visitors lead however lasted barely five minutes as a Bristol player was first to a corner to finish clinically from close in. …..It was the Dragons who got the next goal on 35 minutes when ….. persistence from Mark saw him hold off a defender and round the keeper to finish from a tight angle. A third goal for the visitors ensued before half time as Mark again finished well from 12 yards following a ball in from the right from Sam.
In the second half….The hosts paid the price for this miss as the Dragons went straight up the other end to make it 4-1 when Anthony scored his debut 11’s goal for the club finishing well with a volley at the back post latching onto a cross from Stefan. At this stage the game looked all but won but Bristol were given a lifeline with two goals in quick succession first from a penalty awarded for handball and then when the Dragons gifted them a goal failing to clear from their 6 yard area. The visitors however soon regained their composure and the initiative with Mark capping a fine display with 3 further goals in ten minutes. ….Dave F did find the target moments later with a fine curling shot from 25 yards out to complete an 8-4 victory for the Dragons….
Read the full match report at www.cardiffdragonsfc.co.uk
Thursday 20th May – Training – Blackweir Fields – 7pm
We are back training at Blackweir this Thursday at 7pm. Please let us know your ideal time for Thursday training sessions so we can best fit the group.
Sunday 23rd May – GFSN League – Birmingham Blaze vs Cardiff Dragons in Birmingham
The Dragons take on Birmingham in their first league encounter this Sunday. All forms are now in and processed, and a communication will go out later in the week with all the relevant information
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June – GFSN Get-Together – 5-a-side Tournament and GFSN Party – Blackpool
The deadline for this has now passed and things are being arranged. If any latecomers wish to go, please inform Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP.
Sun 23/5 – GFSN League – Brimingham Blaze – Birmingham
Fri-Sun 11/6-13/6 – GFSN Get-Together – Blackpool
Summer Break – This summer we will be doing things a bit differently. We will be taking a break from organised football training throughout June and starting pre-season training at the beginning of July. We will still be putting on sessions, so there will still be The Dragons through the summer at the same times. What we will probably do is either meet up and just have a game or play some fun football. We may also play a few other sports, or go to some mystery locations for a kick-about. We may even do some football skills. All suggestions welcome.
Up-Coming Training – It makes sense that through the summer we should try to improve our fitness in preparation for next season and as you may be aware by now, quite a few Dragons will be also be taking part in the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. So if people are interested, on Tuesday nights during the summer we would like to offer to put a fitness session on Tuesday night. This could involve a couple of activities such as going for a cycle, swim and will likely include going for a run along various routes around Cardiff. It would be interesting to hear what people think on this idea?
31st July – 8th August – Gay Games – Cologne
The registration deadline for this tournament is in 14 days, if you are interested in taking part in a prestigious international club tournament in Germany, it is important that you let Murray or Jason know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Kings Cross Quiz
As always the Dragons are down the Kings Cross quiz every Monday at 8:00pm. Come along and join in!! An excellent night is always had with good company, good quizzing and most importantly, good drinking!! The Dragons are the reigning champions after winning again this week.
Play Off and Champions League Final
This Saturday will see Cardiff City take on Blackpool for the chance of Premiership football next season. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be going to Wembley for the game we shall be watching it in Lloyds No.1 Bar on Greyfriars Road. Meeting up about 2:00pm. Then later that night there is the Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. Meeting about 7:30pm for those not out all day!!
Cardiff Half Marathon
Anyone fancy running/walking to raise money for the club? Cardiff Half Marathon is on 17th October and anyone wishing to take part on behalf of the Dragons would be greatly appreciated. As with all our fundraising events, 25% of the money raised is donated to the Terrance Higgins Trust. This is a great cause and anyone who would like more information please speak to John B. A few people have now expressed an interest but the more who do it the More money we raise!! http://www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/.
We have launched a monthly Lotto. We will be selling raffle tickets at training sessions and on the last Sunday training session of the month we will give a prize to the winner. The cost of the prize will amount to half of the takings, so for example, if the takings are £100 then the prize will be worth £50
As always any ideas or suggestions for fundraising then please feel free to email John ( email@example.com )
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.
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In Other News
Muzz’s Football Tip of the Week
I think I used this joke too early but….
Cardiff City to get promoted to the Premiership 5/4
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: amddiffynnwr = defender
Video of the Week
This weeks video is supplied by Dave Keith. It’s made by Leicester City fans!!
The Dragons visited Bristol for a 11’s match for the first time and ran out victorious in the return fixture between the clubs following on from the game in Cardiff earlier in the year. The match was played on a decent astrot turf surface in fine weather conditions and proved to be full of goals and entertaining throughout.
In the opening period the Dragons had much of the initial territory and threatened first when from one of a succession Anthony corners Muzz headed just over. The visitors continued to have the upper hand but Bristol looked dangerous on the break and nearly broke the deadlock when their centre forward split the Dragons defence but Christian dived full length to push the ball away for a corner. The opening goal however did arrive soon after following another Dragons attack when Stefan finished low into the corner on 15 minutes after being set up by Kris L. The visitors lead however lasted barely five minutes as a Bristol player was first to a corner to finish clinically from close in. The next goal was to prove important as a this stage Bristol had their tails up fashioning a couple of half chances which Christian dealt with well. It was the Dragons who got the next goal on 35 minutes when after going close from another Muzz header persistence from Mark saw him hold off a defender and round the keeper to finish from a tight angle. A third goal for the visitors ensued before half time as Mark again finished well from 12 yards following a ball in from the right from Sam.
The second half proved just as enthralling as the first and after an exciting but goalless first ten minutes Bristol had a great chance to reduce the arrears from a one on one but Christian closed down the Panthers forward who slid his shot wide. The hosts paid the price for this miss as the Dragons went straight up the other end to make it 4-1 when Anthony scored his debut 11’s goal for the club finishing well with a volley at the back post latching onto a cross from Stefan. At this stage the game looked all but won but Bristol were given a lifeline with two goals in quick succession first from a penalty awarded for handball and then when the Dragons gifted them a goal failing to clear from their 6 yard area. The visitors however soon regained their composure and the initiative with Mark capping a fine display with 3 further goals in ten minutes. The first was finished from close range with the second a right foot finish low into the corner from the edge of the box and the final one of the three curled into the top corner with his left foot. In between these goals Bristol gained what proved to be a consolation goal from a well struck free kick but Dragons remained in the ascendancy as Kris L and Dave F both went close with shots from distance. Dave F did find the target moments later with a fine curling shot from 25 yards out to complete an 8-4 victory for the Dragons. To summarise there was an excellent contribution from all players and supporters alike on the day with the Dragons showing a great team ethic and playing some attractive and composed football at times during the match to earn a deserved victory.
Dragons squad on the day-
John Ainsley, Samuel Ashton, Mark Biggs, Jerry Bull, Lewi Callow, Jason Cousins, Aris DeSilva, Dave Fry, Murray Harvey (captain), Darrin Hughes, Richie Jones, Christian Jones, Kris Llewellyn, Stefan Morgan, Anthony Read (vice-captain), Paul Searle.
In their penultimate league fixture of the season the Dragons put in a very good performance against unbeaten GFC Bournemouth and with a bit more luck could have taken something from the game. The match was played at University playing fields on a excellent surface for football and as usual there was vociferous support on the day for the Dragons.
The first half began in frantic fashion and Bournemouth were dominant in the first 15 minutes with the Dragons lucky not to concede more than the one goal finished well into the bottom corner following a neat one two on the edge of the area. The Dragons goal led a charmed life at times as the visitors stuck the woodwork 3 times in the opening 15 minutes. At the other end the Dragons always looked dangerous on the counter attack and nearly got back into the game when Chris C put Mark clear but his low shot was just wide of the near post. Bournemouth then extended their lead from a fortuitous penalty awarded for handball but the Dragons slowly gained momentum coming increasingly more into the game as the half progressed but were unable to find an end product to their attacks.
The second period in stark contrast to the first saw the Dragons come out of the blocks quickly not allowing Bournemouth to settle. A sustained spell of pressure resulted in several corners and a succession of chances one of which was cleared off the line following a shot by Muzz. The pressure finally told when Sam finished from close range following another good ball into the area to deservedly reduce the arrears. The home side continued in the ascendancy and could have won a penalty following a challenge on Stefan when put through. Further opportunities continued to present themselves with Stefan shooting wide after creating an opening for himself and Chris C having a goal bound free kick cleared off the line for a corner. The Dragons however thought they had found the equaliser moments later when Sam beat the visitors goalkeeper to the ball but his goal bound effort was ruled to have been cleared off the line. The game was now becoming very open and Bournemouth started to create chances of their own in the final quarter with a couple of efforts saved well by Kris L. With 5 minutes remaining though the visitors scored the clinching goal with a close range finish from a corner as the game ended 3-1 to Bournemouth.
Dragons squad on the day – Kris Llewellyn, Christian Jones, Murray Harvey, Cedric Germain, Aris Da Silva, Anthony Read, David Fry, Samuel Ashton, Stefan Morgan, Chris Crimmins, Mark Biggs, Darrin Hughes, John Ainsley, Paul Searle, Jason Cousins, Jerry Bull.