Bowling down the Bay

Dragons Social on Friday the 30th of September: Bowling at hollywood bowl in the bay at 7.30, £4.75 per adult per game, could possibly go for food after/before. It would be really nice to see everybody there as it would be good for everyone to get to know each other a little better. If you could please let Tomos know if you can make it so that we can reserve lanes, thanks 🙂

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Cardiff Dragons 2-1 Bristol Panthers

Match Report GFSN Cup Cardiff Dragons v. Bristol Panthers

The Dragons progressed to the next round of the cup following what turned out to be a tight 2-1 encounter with the Panthers.

The weather for the game was fine and sunny but recent rainfall meant the pitch was muddy in places especially centre field and the goalmouths.

The first half began brightly for the Dragons and it was not long before the opening chances of the game arrived. On two minutes Mark found room on the left edge of the area for a half chance but the shot went wide. A minute late Ed also had a opportunity from similar range but his fierce shot went just over. The Dragons continued to force most of the play with the team working well as a unit but the Panthers when they did have the ball broke well to force a couple of corners but the nearest they came was a looping cross shot well held by Christian. It was the Dragons however that continued to fashion the clearest openings with a well struck shot by Mark well turned over the bar by the visitors keeper. On 15 minutes the deadlock was broken when a run by Mark into the Bristol area was ended when he was tripped and Mark himself scored from the resulting penalty. The goal gave the Dragons further confidence and they nearly added a second following some good link up play in midfield which culminated in a well struck shot from Hywel which the keeper gathered well. Another attack down the left saw Crispin deliver a dangerous ball across the 6 yard area but no one could get the all important touch. The chances continued with an opportunist effort from Bruno who was having a good debut with several forceful runs down the left. One of these runs led to the second Dragons goal on 35 mins as Mark was put clear in the area and slid the ball past the advancing keeper.

In the second half things were much more even and the Dragons found it more difficult to control play as the Panthers raised their game. Clear cut chances were much harder to come by during the half with the first opportunity being a curling long range effort by the Panthers which was tipped away well for a corner by Christian. The Dragons were pretty solid in defence throughout though and continued to have a lot of territory in their opponents half but despite a few dangerous crosses and corners they could not add to their two goals.  It was not until the latter stages that Bristol sensed a way back into the game. This came when the home defence was slow to react to a goalmouth scramble and Bristol were quickest to the ball to score from close range. This led to a nervy ending as the Panthers finished the stronger and with only 2 minutes remaining they were awarded a penalty and a chance to take the game into extra time. It was not to be however as the spot kick was blazed over as the game ended 2-1 in the Dragons favour.

Thanks to Dave Amos for refereeing the game and to all those who came to watch and give the team great support on the day.

Dragons squad– Christian J (GK), Michael W, Murray H, Anthony R (captain), Ryan M, Ed L, Stefan M, Hywel J, Bruno, Crispin S, Mark B, Darrin H, David K, John A, Simon E, Aris D, Jason C.

 

Dragons Open Day

Hey everyone. This Sunday 18th Cardiff Dragons FC would like to invite you to come to our open day. It is an ideal opportunity for you to come and meet the team, have a kick around and have some fun!!

We will meet on the day at outside the Half Way Pub, 247 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9PP at around 12:00pm. Once everyone is there we will walk over the Pontcanna playing fields to meet up with the rest of the team for our training session which starts at 1:00pm.

It would be great to get as many there as possible to come and meet the guys, get involved and join our little family 🙂

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Nottingham Ballbois 7 – 1 Cardiff Dragons

On a windy but dry Nottingham day the Dragons traveled north for their opening GFSN League fixture. It was a difficult day for the Dragons from the start and an indifferent performance saw us well beaten by a strong and experienced Nottingham team.

From the offset the Dragons were under pressure conceding after only a few seconds from a well struck shot from distance after possession was lost from the kick off. The hosts continued to gain the upper hand with almost constant pressure on the Dragons goal with fast and effective football from all directions,  the visitors defense not helped by playing against the wind. The second goal arrived on the quarter hour with a neat finish from inside the area and a third soon followed from a firm header after a cross from the right as the Dragons again lost possession in a dangerous area. More goals could have followed but some good last ditch clearances from Murray and Anthony plus some solid goalkeeping from John A prevented any further scoring as Nottingham went in to half time with a deserved 3-0 lead.

The second period was a more even affair with the Dragons now having the wind in their favour. Unfortunately despite having plenty of territory inside their opponents half and forcing a couple of corners the Dragons were often unable to take the right options to make the most of their attacks as possession was mostly given up cheaply. Nottingham continued to threaten at regular intervals and extended their lead on the hour mark with a firm header from the centre of the 6 yard area. The Dragons replied quickly though following a rare sustained spell in their opponents half when Murray scored from the penalty spot following a foul on Anthony. Another couple of forays into the Nottingham area followed but these were dealt with by the home defense. The Dragons made changes in personnel from time to time due to injuries and to utilise the squad but with the game becoming stretched as the half went on with the hosts took full advantage with 3 further late goals from a combination of poor defending and good finishing.

Dragons squad: John A, Crispin S, Murray H (manager), Anthony R (captain), Aris D, Leanne R, Jason C, Michael W, David K, Ed L, Ryan M, Stefan M, Simon E, Darrin H, Chris C.

Cardiff Mardi Gras

Saturday the 3rd of September will see the Dragons attending Cardiff Mardi Gras for their 4th year.

Cardiff Mardi Gras is one of the biggest Mardi Gras/Pride events in the UK, and the Dragons will be putting the attendance to good use in their publicity.

This year we will be having our own stall again, after last year’s fantastic response from the visitors at Mardi Gras.

More details will be announce closer to the date, so keep checking back, and if you’d like to help out feel free to drop us a message