Cardiff Dragons 1 – 2 London Leftfooters

Match report

GFSN National League. Mixed gender 11-a-side

26th March 2016

This weekend we travelled to London to see the self-proclaimed queens that are the wonderful London Leftfooters. With our new setup this season and The Leftfooters beating Mersey the week before, we knew we were in for a tough game.

After convincing Anthony not to go to see the Monkeys at nearby London Zoo, (he’s still retired!), we took to Regent’s Park. The game started on the whistle of GFSN Chair Ed Connell and The Dragons immediately took the initiative in the match, The Leftfooters mesmerised by the twisting and turning of tricky Charlotte’s forward running and mini-Messi Bethan. The first 30 minutes passed quickly, with The Dragons on top for long periods, Mehdi hitting the bar from a free-kick and Zack, Ruth, Claudio and Charlotte working a number of half-chances and corners.

4th choice goalkeeper Ryan Mc shone in goals when Leftfooters did create chances, if not prevented by the hard-working defence. The Leftfooters took the lead into the break when the ball was cleared from the box and was fired in from 25yds, wind assisted leaving keeper Ryan Mc with little time to react. An unlucky goal based on the effort and organisation shown by The Dragons.

The Dragons nearly got back into the game before half-time when Ruth held the ball up and quickly supplied Charlotte who broke strongly with pace, but couldn’t find the net. The strong wind from the first half in The Leftfooters favour seemed to turn to the backs of The Leftfooters in the second and the expected advantage disappeared for The Dragons as we again fought the wind and the scoreline.  The Leftfooters made some half-time changes and pressure started to pour onto The Dragons as we struggled to turn defence into attack, goalkeeper Ryan making a number of key saves and interceptions to keep The Dragons in the match.

Hope was not lost as The Dragons rallied together and made a few half-chances before one too many opportunities arose for The Leftfooters as they broke through the defence and left Ryan with little hope of succeeding in a 2v1 scenario, surely offside, not to be given by Ed the referee.

With time and hopes fading the positive approach by The Dragons finally got reward when Zack scored from the left side of the box, was the comeback on, how much time was left?? Unfortunately not enough, as the final minute passed  we were resigned to a 1-2 defeat.

The Dragons put in a spirited performance which could have gone the other way, a great effort by all involved. Ryan Mc earned Dragon of the Day for his performance in nets. Many thanks to all players and officials who made the trip and to Leftfooters for their hosting.

HT: 0-1

Dragons scorer: Zak

Cardiff Dragons: Bethan, Charlotte, Claire, Claudio, Joe, John L, Meg R, Mehdi, Muzz, Ryan M, Ruth, Zak