Cardiff Dragons 1 – 3 Saltire Thistle

The Dragons lined up as follows:-
Kris, Ryan, Mark W, Muzz(Manager), Anthony, Thomas, Emyr, Sam, Michael, Chris G(Captain), Deane.
Subs: Jason, John W, Lawrence, Kevin.

The Dragons suffered there first competitive defeat of the season to a very strong Saltire side. The Dragons gave a very good account of themselves dispite what the score line may suggest. You can see the marked improvement this season more proof of the management teams impact this season.
The game was always going to be a tough one but the Dragons started well. Early on a good run by Deane and a cross into the box was just missed by Sam.
Saltire were starting to strong down there left side and a mistimed tackle by Ryan in the box resulted in a penalty award to Saltire. Kris made a fanastic stop diving to his left keeping the Dragons in the game.
More pressure by Saltire resulted in a strong tackle by Muzz and from the resulting cornder Kris saved well.
Dragons started to play some good football in midfield and a shoot from Chris G resulted in a corner, from the resulting corner taken by Chris G Mark W got on the end of it to head home from inside the 6 yard box. 1-0 Dragons 27 mins.
Saltire continued to press forward with good passing movememts. Then on 36 minutes Saltire were awarded another penalty this time a mistimed tackle by Muzz. No mistake was made this time a very good penalty gave Kris no chance 1-1.
Just before half time Sam picked up an injury and replaced by Jason. Just on the stroke of half time Deane had a run on goal but the ball just would fall for him and his shoot was saved.

Half Time 1-1.

The second half started with Saltire applying more pressure to the Dragon defence but they were holding strong. Kris produced a couple of good saves in that period.
A late tackle by a Saltire player resulted in a booking on 56 minutes. On 61 minutes Saltire were 2-1 up after a good run down the left a good finish beat Kris.
Even though the Dragons were up against it they never gave up and defended well. Everybody was giving 110% on the pitch which was great to see.
In the last quater of the game the Dragons had a few chances to level both Chris G and Mark W who had moved up to winger had shoots that were dealt with.
10 minutes from time Saltire got there 3rd goal after another good move resulting in a strong header past Kris. 3-1 Saltire
Mark W had a shoot on 90 minutes that was just over the bar.

Final score Dragons 1 Saltire 3.

Many thanks to the referee who had a good game.
It was also very nice to see so many supports at the game.
Micheal and Kevin for taking pictures, Ruth, Lianne, Richie, George, Tomos, Chris G family always lovely to see them.
Christian for managing the side with Muzz.
Finally thank you to Saltire for there company after the game and the night out.

Devon Lions 2 – 5 Cardiff Dragons

New boys Deane scored 4 goals and Emyr 1 in a fantastic away performance in there opening South West League game for the Dragons on a very wet day down in Devon.

The Dragons lined up as follows:-

Kris, Aris, John A, Anthony, Ryan, Thomas, Emyr, Michael W, Kevin, Chris G (Capt), Deane.

Subs: Ruth, Jay, Lawrence, John W.

Emyr got in an early shoot that forced the Lions keeper into a good save. But it was Devon that scored first after 4 minutes scoring from close range 1-0 Devon.

It did not take long for the Dragons to hit back 2 minutes was all it took a great run down the wing by aris and a pin point cross found Deane who controlled the ball well and shoot home from around 12 yards 1-1.

The Dragons were at it again after 10 minutes a well executed free kick by Anthony found Deane in the box and once again he showed good control to fire home 2-1 Dragons.

The Dragons were taking control of the game now and a great ball in by Chris G found Emyr who finished well inside the box 3-1 Dragons. Congratulations to Emyr is first ever Dragons goal.

As this was a South West league game this was always going to be a game where everyone got good time on the pitch. Emyr was replaced by Lawrence. The Dragons continued to create more chances earning a few corners. Ruth Replaced Kevin.

It was Devon’s turn then to put some pressure on the Dragons and the ever dependable Anthony cleared off the line. Ruth almost put the Dragons 3-1 up but just missed out by a fraction after a good run into the box after a good ball by Deane. Kris was called into action the Dragons goal making a fine save from a long shoot, again a few minutes later producing another good save down low to his left.

A great through ball by captain Chris G found Deane and the form he was on today he was not going to miss this chance and collecting his hat trick 4-1 Dragons. John W replaced Michael W. deven went close just before half time with a shoot just going wide. Anthony had a shoot that was just over on 45 minutes and that brought the half to an end.

H/T 4-1 Dragons.

Second half Jay replaced Aris and Emyr replaced Deane. Aris went on to referee the 2nd half of the game and I would like to take this opportunity to thanking Aris for doing this for us it was very much appreciated by Muzz our manager.

Devon started off well in the second half and put the dragons under a lot of pressure with once again Anthony along with Ryan were staring at the back and it was Anthony who cleared off the line again. Devon took advantage of this pressure and scored there 2nd goal of the game a shoot within the box 4-2 Dragons.

The Dragons were much on the back foot for long periods in the 2nd half but everybody was playing there part in a solid performance and I fell everybody deserves a mention for this John A, was great at full back as always Michael W was dependable as ever John W was looking to use the ball well when he had possession, Lawrence always looks to play the ball well, Jay was keeping his position well at right back Thomas was winning loads of ball in the centre of midfield for us.

The following changes were also made Michael W replaced Ruth and Kevin replaced Lawrence and Deane replaced Thomas. Kris continued to play well in goal in this period making a number of fine saves.

On 88 minutes the scoring was complete when Deane made it 5-2 Dragons and his 4th of the game.

Final score Devon Lions 2 Cardiff Dragons 5

A big thank you to our supports Michael who made the long drive down to Devon its very much appreciated by all at the club. A big thank you from me to Christine and Julie for allowing me to sit in the grandstand out of the rain to allow me to write this report (the car was  welcome cover from the rain and Christine’s help in my writing of the report).

The last sentence has to go to Muzz & Christian for managing the side a big well done from all at the club.

Bristol Panthers 2 – 2 Cardiff Dragons

Before I go into the match report from Sunday I’d like to do it a little differently this time instead of thanking members after the report I feel I want to do it now.

We travelled across to Bristol with 9 supporters on Sunday that to me meant a lot it was great to see so many supporting the team away from home and it does make a difference to the players I’m sure to have your support. So many thanks to Sam, John W, Leanne, Michael J, Zoe, Claire, Jay, Ryan’s Wife, sorry forgot your name, and Me haha.

I would also like to thank the drivers especially Michael without him driving supporters would not of been able to travel.

A big thank you to Jason who lined the whole match for us.

Christian for managing the team from the side it makes such a difference to have his expertise to make the all important changes with running subs.

Finally before I go onto the match report thanks to everyone who went back to the Pineapple Pub afterwards it felt like we were one big happy family after an enjoyable day out. Its what the club is all about.

The following members started the game:-

Kris, Mark R, Muzz, Ant, John A, Stefan, Thomas, Emyr, Mark W, Chris G (Capt), Deane.
Subs: Aris, Ryan, Michael W, Lawrence, Jason.

In a very hard but clean game that was refereed very well the Dragons came away with a more than deserved point. Welcome to Emyr making his Cardiff Dragons debut today.

Bristol settled a lot quicker than Cardiff and had a lot of early pressure. That pressure paid dividend as on 6 minutes Bristol took the lead with a well placed header. 1-0 Bristol.

Cardiff never let there heads drop and started to put some nice passing movements together along the floor. But it was after a great run by Stefan after a ball was played for him to run onto he sent a cross into the box for Mark W to latch onto and fire the ball with great accuracy into the top corner of the net 1-1 after 10 minutes.

On 12 minutes Lawrence replaced Thomas. The goal gave Cardiff confidence and they started to play the better football.
Bristol however had other ideas and forced there way back into the game with 3 very quick corners that the defence and Kris dealt with. For the next 15 minutes or so Cardiff found it hard to break out of there own half but were defending solidly enough.

On 30 minutes Michael W replaced Emyr. Bristol continued to force Cardiff back and Kris pulled off a couple of good saves in that period. Cardiff were using the wings well and Stefan was having a storming game on the wing until picking up an injury just before half time having to be replaced by Emyr. Also during that period Aris replaced Lawrence.

Half Time 1-1.

Cardiff got off to start they didn’t want Bristol scoring with an excellent shot from just inside the box making it 2-1 Bristol on 46 minutes.

Mark R & Michael W were replaced by Ryan & Thomas. Bristol were still trying to force the game but Cardiff were starting play a good passing game and this lead to Cardiff equaliser on 55 minutes when a ball over the top was misjudged by the Bristol keeper and Deane was on had to score his first ever goal for Cardiff and great reward for all the running and closing down he had done all game. Michael W had replaced Aris in that period.

On 70 minutes Mark R replaced John A. The game was running into a midfield battle by then.

On 81 minutes after a good save by Kris Anthony made a point saving tackle on the line to cap a great performance by him at the centre of our defence. There were 2 other goal scoring chances before the end of the game for both Michael W and Mark W both firing over the bar.

Final Score 2-2 MOM Anthony.

Leicester Wildecats 6-a-side Tournament

Our fourth visit to Leicester had a start of season feel to it as The Dragons entered 2 teams in this national 6-a-side tournament. We entered two reasonably balanced teams and both sides continued to play the attractive football we have been working on in training. Neither side made it out of the group but everybody got good match time ahead of the new season.
Cardiff Dragons 1 – Amos, Muzz, Michael W, Ruth, Stefan, Darrin and Dean who was making his tournament debut for The Dragons.
Leftfooters 0-2

London Titans 0-2

Mersey Marauders 1, 1-2 (Muzz)
Trowbridge Tigers 0-0
Birmingham Blaze 1-1 (Stefan)
Leicester Wildecats 0-3
Apart from game 1 and game 6 the results didn’t really tell the full story as The Dragons put in solid performances against GFSN League champions London Titans and tournament favourites Mersey 1. In the games against Trowbridge and Birmingham The Dragons outplayed their opponents for much of the game, but were unable to get a win.
Although we started slow and finished tired, the football in the middle was very impressive. We kept the ball well when and used it well. Our play was much more mature than in previous years. We were not outplayed in a football sense by two of the best sides in the country and caused problems as we gave Titans and Mersey a good run for their money.
Cardiff Dragons 2 – Kris, Ant, John A, Kevin, Dave F, Chris C and Mark R who was making his debut for The Dragons.
Yorkshire Terriers 0-1
Leicester Wildecats 1-0 (Ant)
London Falcons 1-2 (Dave F)
Leicester Wildecats 1-2 (John A)
Mersey Marauders1-0 (Dave F)
Nottingham Ballbois 0-1
It was a case of what might have been for team 2 as The Dragons had a solid day. Again despite a slow first match, The Dragons looked well balanced and linked up well. The football was good and The Dragons looked threatening in every game they played.
The defensive unit worked really well together throughout the tournament, building play from the back and putting in some big tackles. Going forward we worked tirelessly and were rewarded with some excellent goals. We only narrowly lost our matches but got two very deserved wins against strong opposition.
The eventual winners were Nottingham Ballbois.