CARDIFF DRAGONS 2 BIRMINGHAM BLAZE 0
Goals: Muzz 5mins, Mark 85mins
The Dragons were flying high on Halloween after this well deserved victory. After 3 failed attempts against the Blaze it was fantastic to have the upper hand. And this results kick starts our league campaign after the disappointing 1-0 defeat against Brighton last month.
The Dragons lined up as follows:-
Kris, Muzz (Manager), Anthony (Capt), Jason, Christian, Dave F, Edwin, Stefan, Hywel, Crispin, Simon E.
Subs: John A, Mark, Daren, Lucas, Dave K
The Dragons started off strongly forcing the pace from the start. And it was after only 5 minutes that the Dragons struck after a pin point corner by Crispin manager Muzz got on the end of it to power the ball into the net with his head 1-0 Dragons.
Then Stefan hit the Blaze cross bar after good work down the left side. After forcing more corners that were expertly taken by both Crispin and Anthony the first 20 minutes was all about the Dragons pressure but without too much more goal success.
As the game progressed the Blaze became frustrated with some of the refereeing decisions and after 25 minutes 2 of their players names had gone into the referees notebook. The blaze then had an opportunity to hit back on 30 minutes after Kris under pressure picked up a back pass. But Kris made a fantastic save from the resulting free kick. The Blaze went on to hit the post soon after and the Dragons rode there luck for a change.
After another Blaze yellow card Edwin made a good run and had his shot saved. The same fate was to befall Crispin with a shoot just over the bar. Simon E was also doing some great work up front for the Dragons.
On 42 minutes the Dragons picked up their only booking of the game Christian having his name taken for an attempted handball. There was also some solid work by Anthony in midfield and getting some great dead balls into the box and Hywel as ever was working his socks off down the right side. The same can be said for both Muzz and Dave F at the center of defence and Christian and Jason at full backs Kris was as solid as ever in goal commanding his area today it was an all around team effort and at half time it was 1-0 Dragons.
2nd half Muzz made 1 change at the starting line up replacing Simon E with Mark up front. The Blaze start off the 2nd have a longer stronger than the first half and forced 3 corners in the first 10 minutes but the Dragons defence held strong. On 55 minutes Christian picked up a slight knock at the same time Muzz replaced Jason with John A at left back.
The Dragons were starting to get back into the game on 60 minutes and there was more good work from midfield and Mark was starting to cause problems for the Blaze defence with his pace upfront.
On 65 minutes Crispin went off injured and was replaced by Lucus. The Dragons then had more injury problems Christian who was as solid as ever had to go with what looked a bad knee twist and was replaced by Jason.
On 75 minutes Kris made another good save to prevent an equaliser for the Blaze. The Dragons never gave up though on the day and were rewarded in the 84 minute with there 2nd goal after a through ball to Mark he used his pace and strength to force the ball home after a good run. Muzz made the final change of the day giving Daren a run out replacing Stefan. The final score Dragons 2 Blaze 0.
The management would like to thank Birmingham Blaze after a very entertaining game and their supporters for helping Christian with his injury thank you for that.
We would also like to thank David K for once again running the line for us. All our support on the day Ali and Amy in the Grand Stand!!!!! Adam, Richie, Jordan, Darren, Roger, Adrian and Matt L for taking pictures of the game.
The Amos (Assistant Manager)
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