Cardiff Dragons 1-1 Bristol Panthers

A last minute Dragons equaliser denied the Panthers victory in the latest meeting between the clubs, however a draw was a fair result in an evenly contested game played in good spirit.

The opening 20 minutes saw Bristol in the ascendancy with plenty of possession in the Dragons half but most of their efforts were kept to long range by the home defence. The visitors did go close on one occasion though when a corner was only partially cleared from inside the six yard box but then bounced back kindly into the keepers arms with a Panthers place ready to pounce. As the half wore on the Dragons came more into the game with Stefan making inroads down the left. It was as the Dragons were starting to threaten though that Bristol grabbed the first goal pouncing on a loose ball in the 6-yard area to score from close range. The Dragons raised their game further in an attempt to hit back quickly and Anthony got into two good positions through persistence around Panthers area. This resulted in two efforts on goal but the keeper dealt with one and the other went wide. In the last fifteen minutes of the half both sides forced a number of corners and the Panthers threw in several long throws into the box but these were generally dealt with well by both defences. Score 1-0 to Bristol at the break.

The Dragons made two changes at half time with Ruth and Tomos replacing Simon D and Michael W. Bristol also made regular changes throughout the match as both sides made sure everyone had plenty of football in the game. The second period saw the Dragons have much more of the game though Bristol still remained a threat with some decent attacks. From one of these they nearly added a second when a firm header from a corner was palmed away well by Kris in goal. At the other end the hosts had a great chance to equalise midway through the half when Anthony was put free through the centre and felled in the box just as he was about to shoot. The resultant penalty however was struck just wide by Stefan. This did not deter the Dragons though as Stefan and Simon D continued to work good situations down both flanks and a couple of excellent crosses just evaded the onrushing Dragons players. The Panthers then had a golden opportunity to wrap up the game when Kris missed his kick on the right of the area following a through ball but with the goal open the Panthers player lifted the ball over the bar. The visitors looked like they would see the game out though but they were made to pay for their missed opportunity minutes earlier as the game entered injury time.  Muzz pushing further forward got onto a loose ball in the Panthers area and although he was felled the advantage was played and Stefan was quickest to react to the loose ball to guide it past the keepers outstretched hand to level the scores.

Thanks to Jason for refereeing the game and to our supporters on the day. Hywel was voted player of the match for the Dragons when we headed to Wow for some post match socialising.

 

Dragons squad:- Kris L, Michael W, Murray H (manager), Christian J, John A, Stefan M, Darrin H, Ryan McG, Simon D, Anthony R (captain), Hywel J, Ruth W, Tomos R.