ITS WAS CORNER MAGIC FOR THE DRAGONS AS THEY ROMP HOME BY A CLUB RECORD SCORE OF 8-1
Cardiff Dragons 8 London Left Footers 1
Scorers: Chris G (6,10) Andy (18) Liam (60) Sam (63,78) Matt (71,74)
The Dragons lined up as follows:-
Ryan, John A, Aris, Chris G (Capt), Adam, Emyr, Matt, Andy, Dave T, Liam, Anthony.
Subs: Sam, Darrin, Jay, Laurence, Muzz.
A few firsts today for the Dragons biggest ever winning margin and Andy with his first goal for the Dragons – congratulations to him. Three players also scored braces – Chris G, Matt and Sam.
First of thank you to all our support today – it’s what makes the Dragons so special – Michael, Hannah, Ruth, Alex, David K, Iestyn and a special thank you John W for running the line, also Darrin and Ruth. We missed our lovely ladies Ali and Amy today – can’t wait to have you both back this week.
A huge thank you Muzz today who made a great decision for the sake of players not to play himself but to manage the team. I know how much he loves to play and could get in any team in the league, especially ours, but he put the team first today to watch and manage from the side lines.
The Dragons were on the ball from the start today. Within 5 minutes the Dragons forced 2 corners. On 6 minutes Anthony’s excellent corner kick was met by Chris G 1-0 Dragons. Four minutes later it was yet another corner and the same result. Anthony picked out Chris G yet again 2-0 Dragons on 10 just minutes. On 15 minutes the Left Footers had a shot just wide of the post. Aris and John A were able to support the wingers in front of them today with some excellent throws and passes to allow us to play some free following football down the wings. On 18 minutes yet another great deep corner by Anthony and this time Andy controlled the ball well to shoot home from 6 yards 3-0 Dragons.
Chris G, as well as scoring 2 goals, was once again leading the back line with Adam and were both very comfortable and strong today. Matt and Emyr were running the game in midfield, both complementing each other with some telling tackles and match winning passes. Andy and Dave T were making some excellent runs and combining well with our front two. Liam had shots and some excellent free kicks that were either well saved or inches wide and was proving a handful with his skill up and down the wings. Anthony was running off and onto balls, combining with Liam, and as already stated his corners today were fabulous. Ryan was solid as ever and was basically a spectator for most of the first half but did make one telling save with 5 minutes left of the half from a Left Footers break.
Half Time 3-0 The Dragons
The 2nd half started off with the Left Footers pressurising the Dragons, putting them on the back foot for the first 10 minutes of this half. On 55 minutes Liam broke through the Left Footers defence only to be denied by an excellent save. On 56 minutes the Dragons made their first change Dave T coming off to be replaced by Sam. It did not take long for Sam to get into the game and within minutes good work by both Anthony and Liam resulted in Sam hitting the post. On 60 minutes it was 4-0 Dragons Liam made a run into the box beating 3 defenders with his trickery to fire the ball home from 12 yards. On 61 minutes Jay replaced Aris. Jay went onto make some important tackles as the game progressed. On 63 minutes a great through ball from Liam played Sam in who fired the ball home after a mazey run through the defence 5-0. On 70 minutes Andy and Adam came off to be replaced by Darrin and Laurence who both slotted into their positions well. On 71 minutes it was 6-0. After good work by Emyr, Liam crossed the ball for Matt to get in on score sheet with a tap in from 2 yards. On 74 minutes it was 7-0. A pin point pass from Liam, like he had been doing all game today, found Matt in the penalty box who thundered the ball in on the volley from 6 yards. On 78 minutes another movement involving Emyr, Matt and Liam resulted in Sam getting his 2nd goal of the game.
In the last 10 minutes the Left Footers applied a lot of pressure on the Dragons defence which resulted in an excellent one handed save over the bar by Ryan. With 4 minutes left, from a corner kick there was some pushing in the Dragons box and a penalty was awarded to the Left Footers. Ryan made an excellent save diving to his right but they scored off the rebound to make it 8-1 the Dragons. After the penalty, a scuffle started which resulted (I thought rather harshly) in yellow cards for Chris G and Ryan.
The final score 8-1 to The Dragons.
The game was well refereed.
MOM Matt – There are number of nominations for MOM as everybody was excellent today.
I’d like thank the Left Footers who came down on Saturday for a night out with us. This is Dave Amos signing off on match reports for the Xmas period. Merry Xmas to all.