Cardiff Dragons 2 – 4 Trowbridge Tigers

Match Report

11-a-side mixed friendly, GFSN warm up, Llanrumney University Fields

With three upcoming GFSN fixtures, this friendly was a welcome chance to practice as a mixed team and get many players 11-a-side game time. With a bit of shaky start it took a little time to get into a rhythm. There were three narrowly missed chances for Liam to even out the score board, but a good fight back from the Dragons saw a second half victory. It was great to see so many players gaining valuable experience, with mixed gender 11-a-side debuts from Bethan, Jerry and John. Well done to the whole team for supporting each other and keeping in high spirits.

Thank you to Anthony for managing the team and the difficult task of giving an 18 strong squad fair game time and ensuring minimal disruption to the flow of the game. Thanks to Craig for refereeing, Ryan B for running the line, and to supporters for making it down to cheer us on.

Dragons Scorers: Claudio, Fudge (pen)

HT 0 – 3

Cardiff Dragons: Dave W, Bethan, Claire, Claudio, Fudge, Harriet (C), Jason, Jerry, Jon A, John, Liam, Meg H, Meg R, Muzz, Neil, Ryan M, Ruth, Tibbs

Cardiff Dragons 1 – 6 SET FC

Match report

Llanrumney, Men’s Sunday Lazarou League

13th March 2016

The unbeaten run came to a crashing end at the University Fields as runaway league leaders SET FC eventually wore down the resistance of a competitive Dragons eleven.

The opening exchanges were fairly even as the Dragons acclimatised to the sharpness, fitness, organisation and pace of their rivals. It was nevertheless SET who broke the offside line and the deadlock after nine minutes. But the Dragons dug in, worked their way into the game and produced a great chance to equalise following a dangerous run and cross from Liam.  They were made to pay for squandering that opportunity when poor reactions from a corner saw the home side double their lead just before the half hour.  Had an accurately-struck penalty from Muzz not been met by an outstanding full-length diving save, the half-time scoresheet may have been a fairer reflection of the balance of play; at this stage at least, the champions elect still knew they were in a game.

Optimism increased when Emyr angled a fine header into the net after 49 minutes direct from a Fudge throw. SET’s immediate and clinical response—revealing perhaps just why they are in the position they are—soon put a dampener on Dragons hopes, however.  Increasingly stretched and disorganised, the Dragons conceded two more in the next fifteen minutes, and although they continued to carry some sporadic threat at the other end through the industry of Fudge and Mehdi, a sixth arrived to complete another resounding win for their rivals.

The conduct, discipline, teamwork and finishing ability of SET ought to be taken as an educational experience for the Dragons, who need not be too disheartened despite the scoreline, having provided serious competition for substantial periods of the game.

Many thanks to Anthony for dealing with the tricky touchline decisions, Amos for running the line, and Jerry, Darrin, Harriet, Christian and Liam’s entourage for coming to support.

Dragons scorer: Emyr 49

HT 2-0

Cardiff Dragons: Ryan B; Neil (Craig), Chris G, Muzz, John A; Mehdi, Fudge, Emyr (C), George, Zak (Claudio); Liam (Adam).

Subs: Craig, Claudio, Adam.

Cardiff Dragons 2 – 2 Cardiff Saints

Match report

Pontcanna Fields, Men’s Sunday Lazarou League

6th March 2016

The Dragons managed to extend their unbeaten run to seven games, despite a lumpy pitch, lively opponents and some contentious refereeing, though the run of victories ended in disappointing circumstances.

Most of the goal action occurred in the opening ten minutes. A shaky start led to the Saints catching the Dragons cold, cutting through far too easily until Chris, forced into a last ditch intervention, could unfortunately only steer the ball wide of Ryan and into his own net.  Barely a minute had passed, and the home team, jolted into life, responded quickly, with some fine individual touches from Claudio and Emyr in particular, and it soon became apparent that the pace of Dan was too hot for the Saints defence to handle.  Twice in quick succession the Aberdare Arrow raced clear, dancing round the keeper to slot in the equaliser, before putting the Dragons ahead with an accurate chip.

The rest of the game was a scrappy, sulky and fractious affair, with the underfoot conditions making controlled passing difficult and avoiding injury the priority (Christian unfortunately limping off after half an hour). A penalty could well have been awarded when Dan was brought down with fifteen minutes remaining, but chances were otherwise hard to come by.  The Dragons would have taken the narrow victory but it was not to be, as the Saints profited from some late pressure to bundle the ball in from a corner with only five minutes remaining.

With some difficult fixtures on the horizon, the Reds will need to step up on this performance if their ambitions of a top-half finish are to be realised, but this squad is well capable of rising to the challenge.

Thanks to Anthony for managing, Chris’ family and Debbie for their great support, and Jason for raising the flag!

Dragons scorers: Dan 7, 9

HT 2-1

Cardiff Dragons: Ryan B; Christian (Neil), Chris G, Muzz, John A (Adam); Mehdi, Fudge, Emyr (C), Claudio, Zak (Andy); Dan.

Subs: Adam, Andy, Neil, Jason.