Cardiff Dragons 1 – 3 Saltire Thistle

The Dragons lined up as follows:-
Kris, Ryan, Mark W, Muzz(Manager), Anthony, Thomas, Emyr, Sam, Michael, Chris G(Captain), Deane.
Subs: Jason, John W, Lawrence, Kevin.

The Dragons suffered there first competitive defeat of the season to a very strong Saltire side. The Dragons gave a very good account of themselves dispite what the score line may suggest. You can see the marked improvement this season more proof of the management teams impact this season.
The game was always going to be a tough one but the Dragons started well. Early on a good run by Deane and a cross into the box was just missed by Sam.
Saltire were starting to strong down there left side and a mistimed tackle by Ryan in the box resulted in a penalty award to Saltire. Kris made a fanastic stop diving to his left keeping the Dragons in the game.
More pressure by Saltire resulted in a strong tackle by Muzz and from the resulting cornder Kris saved well.
Dragons started to play some good football in midfield and a shoot from Chris G resulted in a corner, from the resulting corner taken by Chris G Mark W got on the end of it to head home from inside the 6 yard box. 1-0 Dragons 27 mins.
Saltire continued to press forward with good passing movememts. Then on 36 minutes Saltire were awarded another penalty this time a mistimed tackle by Muzz. No mistake was made this time a very good penalty gave Kris no chance 1-1.
Just before half time Sam picked up an injury and replaced by Jason. Just on the stroke of half time Deane had a run on goal but the ball just would fall for him and his shoot was saved.

Half Time 1-1.

The second half started with Saltire applying more pressure to the Dragon defence but they were holding strong. Kris produced a couple of good saves in that period.
A late tackle by a Saltire player resulted in a booking on 56 minutes. On 61 minutes Saltire were 2-1 up after a good run down the left a good finish beat Kris.
Even though the Dragons were up against it they never gave up and defended well. Everybody was giving 110% on the pitch which was great to see.
In the last quater of the game the Dragons had a few chances to level both Chris G and Mark W who had moved up to winger had shoots that were dealt with.
10 minutes from time Saltire got there 3rd goal after another good move resulting in a strong header past Kris. 3-1 Saltire
Mark W had a shoot on 90 minutes that was just over the bar.

Final score Dragons 1 Saltire 3.

Many thanks to the referee who had a good game.
It was also very nice to see so many supports at the game.
Micheal and Kevin for taking pictures, Ruth, Lianne, Richie, George, Tomos, Chris G family always lovely to see them.
Christian for managing the side with Muzz.
Finally thank you to Saltire for there company after the game and the night out.