Cardiff Dragons 1 – 2 Trowbridge Tigers
Sunday 30th November 2014
Match report by Jerry
The match between Cardiff Dragons and Trowbridge Tigers couldn’t have been played on a more perfect day weatherwise. Clear and bright and not too cold. The Dragons started brightly and appeared to take advantage of Trowbridge’s travel legs as they pressed forwards and won two successive corners early in the game With notable contributions from Anthony Emyr and Harriet the Dragons pressed forward and used Liams potent threat to keep trowbridge pinned back. When the ball did break loose the defence worked hard to contain the opposition and keep them to shots from outside the area which were confidently dealt with by Dave in goal. Trowbridge won a free kick but wasted it and the Dragons roared forward but didn’t manage to send in a killer ball although Chris Green managed to ensure that what shots were available were on target.
Both sides took turns at having 5 minute spells of pressure in the oppositions final third with Harriet and Liam threading passes through and making Trowbridges defence work hard by playing to feet and not allowing their taller players the advantage.
All told there didnt seem to be enough reward for the Dragons for all their pressure and effort. Craig’s solid game came to an early end when he picked up a knock and he was replaced by Stefan. The best chance of the half came close to the whistle when a dangerous run by Liam created a chance for Emyr but he had too much close attention from the defence and couldn’t get the shot away.
Both sides seemed to be energized by the half time break and the intensity soon increased with both sides again taking turns to send runners forward and shots from Emyr Chris Green and Stef threatened to create the chances that would stretch Trowbridges defence. Fudge had come on at half time for Ryan M and was having a solid confident game exemplified by a lovely run down the right wing from his position in the back four. His ball in to Liam allowed Dragons to show real intent to deliver on the promise of a goal that Emyr had urged the team to go looking for at half time.
Fifteen minutes of battling finally resulted in a goal. Harriet pressured the Tigers’ left back into playing a dangerous ball into his own penalty box, which Liam latched on to. He was taken down inside the box and Muzz slotted home the resulting penalty. Unfortunately the sighs of relief didn’t last long as Trowbridges next attack resulted in the award of a free kick. Dave pulled off a cracking save but the rebound was poached in the six yards by the tall Trowbridge striker and it was 1-1. Although the level score galvanized both teams to look for a winner it was Trowbridge who made in 3 goals in only 4 minutes of play when a run in from the left resulted in a firm shot into the bottom corner. From there on in the to and fro pattern of the game continued but It was Dragons who marginally had the edge in terms of shots and again the workrate didn’t get the results. Anthony let fly from well outside the box when given room on the ball and the shot deserved far more than it got. Pressure from corners couldn’t find the targets though and Trowbridge held firm for an unspectacular win.