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.