Cardiff Dragons 3 – 1 Cardiff Eagles

Match report

18 October 2015, Men’s Sunday Lazarou League, Llanishen Park

Three long-range missiles from Liam, three more points, and three wins in a row as the Dragons soared above the Eagles into the top half of the table.

Once again the victory was achieved after falling behind, but a pair of free kick opportunities wonderfully dispatched by Liam turned the game on its head within ten minutes. Having got their noses in front, the Dragons were able to settle into counter-attacking mode, displaying the steely composure in defence and midfield which has characterised this winning streak. Comfortably dealing with the rare threats on goal and unleashing the menacing pace and trickery of Dan and Liam—complemented by outstanding performances from Fudge and Mehdi on the flanks—whenever the chance arose, the Blues made the result safe when Liam curled an audacious attempt from wide on the left over the Eagles’ keeper just before the end of normal time.

A fine individual and team performance which even drew some praise from the manager! Dragon of the Match was shared between the hat-trick hero and Chris G, with special mentions for Fudge and Ryan M, and for Joe, who was unlucky to see his league debut curtailed by injury. Anthony deserves great credit also for his shrewd tactical decisions, and many thanks to those who came to support. The Dragons would also like to thank the Cardiff Eagles for providing a very competent and unbiased referee in the absence of a qualified match official.

Dragons scorers: Liam 68, 71, 86

HT 0-0

Cardiff Dragons: Ryan B; Joe P (Craig 22), Chris G, Muzz, Neil (Dan 45); John A, Mehdi, Zak (Ryan M 73), Emyr (C); Fudge, Liam.

Subs: Darrin, Dave W.