Birmingham Blaze FC 2 – 0 Cardiff Dragons FC (GFSN League)

Birmingham Blaze 2 Cardiff Dragons 0
Sunday 9th February 2014

The Dragons go down for a first defeat in 4 months on a day where injuries and the weather played a huge part. First of all a huge thank you to every who made the journey today as some people travelled with injuries to ensure we fullfilled the fixture.

A very warm welcome to Mehdi making is debut today. Also a welcome return to Mike after a long injury layoff and also a very welcome return to Amy after 2 years being out with an injury.

The Dragons lined up as follows:
Ryan B, Aris, Christian, Chris G(Capt), Ryan Mc, Mike, Muzz (Manager), Mehdi, Laurence, Liam, Anthony.
Subs: Amy, Adam.

Before we started today our injury problems began with Adam being unable to start due to a twisted ankle.

The Dragons started the much brighter side as Anthony was very unfortunate with 2 chances which didn’t hit the mark. The first chance came from an excellent run where he just shot over the bar. The other came from a pass from Muzz, which resulted in a shot that was just wide of the goal. There were also 2 other early chances.

On 6th minute there was break away from Birmingham which resulted in a goal that was well taken. 1-0 Birmingham. On the 25th minute Christian had to go off injured and was replaced by Adam who himself was not fully fit. Then on 30 minutes yet another body blow for the Dragons; a penalty was awarded against Ryan B who was badly injured in the collision with a Blaze striker, resulting in a suspected broken nose and a hospital visit. How the referee could award a penalty from 45m away we will never know. A huge thank you to Ali for taking Ryan to the hospital. Back to the game itself. Amy came on for Ryan and Chris G went into goal. Chris G made a fantastic save from the penalty spot kick. The Dragons were under a lot of pressure with everyone working their socks off for us today – everybody was putting in a shift. Just before the half time whistle Chris G pulled off another great save.

Half Time 1-0 to Birmingham.
Birmingham started off much the brighter and on 50 minutes a breakaway and shot in far corner of the goal made it 2-0 to Birmingham. Muzz was trying all second half to freshen us up with many tactical positional changes that in all honesty we needed. By this time we were carrying even more injuries. On 70 minutes Anthony could not continue playing outfield because of injury so replaced Chris G in goal. Anthony made a great save tipping a shot onto the cross bar. On 75 minutes Christian came back on for Amy. By this time, and playing against the wind, it was really difficult what with all our injuries. It’s testament to everyone that we were staying solid at the back. Chris G had a chance near the end that went just wide. Liam also had to go off injured with 10 minutes remaining, Amy replacing him.

It was not to be today for Dragons the final score 2-0 to Birmingham.
Man of the Match: Aris and Ryans nose!!!

Thank you Amy and Ali for driving the minibus. Also thanks to Ali, Amy and Christian for running the line. Thanks to Birmingham for their concerns about all our injuries and putting food on for us.
This a very cold Dave Amos signing off.